Boasting a bar, intimate conservatory and expansive beer garden, this Ashton Lane institution serves 60 world beers and a menu of mussels, fondue and burgers.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This Ashton Lane institution named after Belgian cultural icon Jacques was serving good strong continental beers way back when many of Glasgow’s now repurposed craft pubs were still swilling anonymous macro-brews. The improvements made by Oli Norman and Stephen White (who also own Sloans) since taking over in 2013 are inspired – fitted benches in the beer garden and a covered heated dining area. Inside, the conservatory is a fine place to dine as rain lashes the glass. They’ve left in lots of good stuff from the old days too – chiefly the moules-frîtes. Steaming hot pans of mussels with crispy fries come at superb value £6 before 6pm. Enjoy with a crisp white wine, assuming you can see past the broad beer selection – everything from locally brewed Kelburn Ales on tap to global bottles including the kamikaze strong (11.3%) Rochefort 10. Finish your meal thick Belgian waffles and ice-cream.
- High point: Sun’s out? Make for Brel
- Low point: Shame they dispensed with live music
- Notable dish: Moules-frites
- Private dining: Up to 22 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: DJs Fri/Sat
- Capacity: 44
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1996
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £17 per bottle
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