East End Grubcrawl
Our Beer Man’s Verdict
Work regularly takes me to the East End of Glasgow and I was keen to introduce Blythe to its charms, so we scheduled a grub / pub crawl along Duke Street.
First was Drygate. Although I loved it when it first opened, it hasn’t had the impact I expected. The beer and charcuterie board were both fine, a solid start to proceedings.
Redmond’s, however, feels like the kind of bar every neighbourhood should have. It’s cosy and informal and the perfect shelter on a cold, snowy day. The beer list is solid and occasionally spectacular – take a bow, North Sea Stout from Pilot and pals – and the Taiwanese buns were tasty.
I had never visited Jaybe’s Bar-B-Que before. The barbeque wasn’t authentic and the beer list was basic – Schiltz? – but it delivered one of my most favourite meals of 2017. The rack of ribs was simply delicious, the fries crispy and spiced, and the side of chilli was sweet and tasty. Not fancy, but a huge hug of a meal that left us both smiling, and replete.
We felt compelled visit to the legendary / notorious Louden Tavern – the hardcore Rangers pub in the shadow of Celtic Park – and it was largely as expected. Football memorabilia everywhere, ‘traditional’ songs on the jukebox, and a can of McEwan’s and a pint of Tennent’s for just £4.90 to wash it all down.
Quick drinks in Blackfriars, Doghouse Merchant City and – courtesy of a cancelled train – Wetherspoon’s rounded off a fun day.
After frequent visits to Glasgow city centre, West End, and even the odd trip to the Southside, I was delighted when the Beer Man suggested we should take a grubcrawling look at the East End.
The furthest East on Duke Street I’d previously ventured was McCune Smith at the very top so it was pioneer territory for me as we strolled towards our first stop at Drygate.
Here we sampled a couple of beers brewed on the premises in the shape of punchy Arrakis and deeply stoutish Orinoco. The Crckr by Fourpure brought seasonal wintry notes.
We started our eating with a grazing board of seaweed salami, coppa, and veal and venison salami served with Seb & Mili bread. This was pleasing fare and a good way to start our adventures. The bill came to £17.40
It was then on to Redmond’s, a bar on the corner at the heart of Dennistoun. We sampled some great beer here with the Shindigger Mango Unchained and the Pilot North Sea Stout really splendid. Brothers in Farms was splendid, too.
Our second snack arrived in the form of a Japanese spiced haddock bao, a pork belly bao, and some miso steamed greens. The latter was a little underwhelming, but the baos were really good with the pork belly particularly good. Total cost was £27.50.
We rounded out our eating at Jaybe’s Dennistoun Bar-b-que. Here we shared a rack of their BBQ ribs, some lightly sweet beef chilli and some excellent seasoned fries.
As Beer Man says, this was a deeply satisfying meal. Everything had been prepared with care and attention and no little degree of subtlety. I thought it was splendid and even quite enjoyed their quirky beer selection. £26 was our bill here.
I was not previously acquainted with the Louden Tavern. What a bonkers place it is. I’m glad we visited but I can’t see it being a regular stop in the future.
Blackfriars is always good for a beer, and it was good to try the Glasgow Brewdog boozer for the first time. The spelling at the Counting House left a little to be desired but it capped a grand day out full of wondrous new discoveries for me.
So overall, I really enjoyed my first visit to Glasgow’s East End. Redmond’s in particular stands out as a place for many future visits. It’s definitely a neighbourhood to which I will return, not least because we spotted quite a few other intriguing places on this visit.