39–43 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SG
  • Box office 0141 342 4966
  • General enquiries 0141 342 4966
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Average price £13.50 (lunch); £20.50 (evening meal)
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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.

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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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6. suz largsl16 Jun 2010, 6:35pm5 stars Brel Report

so looking forward to sunday 20th june Derek Fairlie Quartet they are amazingly talented get there early 3 till 6

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2. suz largsl28 Jun 2009, 10:00am5 stars Brel Report

I was at bel sat 27th June with friends, what a lovely aftrnoon. The food was great the staff very friendly but most of all the entertainment was fanastic. The Derek Fairlie Quartet amazing talent. Thank you Brel

1. bryan farme15 Feb 2009, 11:06pm1 star Brel Report

Brel used to be a great bar on Ashton Lane. Not so anymore. Over priced and with really rude and incapable staff to boot! The bar staff can't pour a pint to save themselves. You will leave feeling empty of pocket and with a thirst so do yourself a favour and visit another establishment!!

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 3 reviews of Brel.

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