The Butchershop Bar & Grill
When I first crossed the threshold of the Spanish Butcher, fully aware I was going for dinner the following evening at the Butchershop, I was not aware they were in the same ownership. Upon arrival at the Butchershop, I explained this to a familiar front of house face from their other Glasgow location, Hutcheson’s, and we agreed that my life was tough.
The hard life continued with dinner with friends from one of my favourite work projects. Some of us had previously dined at Malaga Tapas, but this was an expanded cast of characters to mark Joanne heading off on maternity leave.
Previously a vegetarian, pregnancy has drawn Joanne towards a more meaty diet so the Butchershop was a very fitting destination for our purposes.
It’s a large and lively place split across two main dining spaces and a bar area. It was packed to the rafters throughout our stay.
Service was managed with accuracy and good grace throughout which was quite impressive given we were a demanding table with people arriving at various intervals before our full complement was reached.
After more of the excellent bread and olives I’d sampled at lunch the previous day, I started with the black pudding scotch egg. This came with a potato puree, crisp kale and a marmite-rich jus.
The yolk was suitably runny, the black pudding soft and flavour-packed, and the crumb casing had good crunch. Fellow diner Tara assured me that it was not as good as the ones her mother makes, of course.
Of the other starters, Jane was slightly vexed by the fluffy texture of her goat’s cheese panna cotta but I thought it was a pretty good, light dish.
We almost uniformly opted for steak for mains. I opted for the bone in ribeye cooked as lightly as the kitchen would allow.
It was beautifully seasoned and an excellent quality piece of meat, from suppliers John Gilmour and Cairnhill Farm. It was one of the best steaks I’ve been served in a good long while.
The accompanying bearnaise was very good, too, although the chips weren’t quite as good as they could have been.
Some impressive looking desserts were sampled but I just stuck to coffee which was fine.
So overall, the Butchershop served us very well with the majority of dishes delivered to a very high standard. The steak I had was a particular highlight so it’s a place I’d strongly recommend to fans of well prepared beef dishes. I’d be very happy to visit again when the mood for steak in Glasgow takes me.
Blythe scores The Butchershop
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
Today’s questers were: Team InS:PIRE and friends
We ate: MEATY MEAT
We drank: sparingly
We wore: pinstripe scrubs
Total bill: £751
Address: 1055 Sauchiehall Street, Charing Cross, Glasgow G3 7UD