Leiper's Attic at Cottier's

Leiper's Attic at Cottier's
93–95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5PU
  • Telephone 0141 357 5825
  • Opening times Mon–Sun noon–midnight
  • Seasonal times Extended hours during Christmas and West End Festival
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
  • Food served Wed–Sat 5–10pm, Sun noon–10pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Pre-theatre times Wed–Fri 5–7.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £16.95
  • Email
  • Website www.cottiers.com
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Beautiful converted church to enjoy a drink or a meal – warm and friendly with a strong emphasis on prime Scottish beef and game.

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As a theatre, pub, beer garden and wedding venue, this restored Victorian Gothic pile is a much-loved fixture of West End life. Amid all the activity the upstairs restaurant – recently renamed Leiper’s Attic in honour of the architect who, along with Daniel Cottier, built the church in 1865 – could easily be overlooked. It deserves attention though, as the food is up there with the best Scottish restaurants in town. The emphasis is on fine local produce, cooked fairly simply. Beef is prime grass-fed meat from Perthshire, dry-aged in-house for 28 days. Game is prominent, too, and a succulent piece of venison haunch comes with a clever haggis, neep and tattie pithivier that would work as a main course in its own right. Care and attention are lavished on accompanying veg like baby beetroot and roast cauliflower, though there’s not much among the mains for non-carnivores. Reached by a spiral staircase, the room retains original architectural features and offers a pleasant view into the garden below.

The List's rating
8.2

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Martin Cross visited Leiper's Attic at Cottier's on 28 February 2019
  • High point: Exceptional beef and game, skilfully prepared
  • Low point: Frequent private bookings – check before travelling
  • Notable dish: Dry-aged Scotch côte de boeuf with whisky mustard sauce
  • Average price: £20 (Sunday roast); £28 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Sinatra, Dean Martin
  • Live entertainment: Plays, gigs in theatre
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 1992
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £18.80 per bottle

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1. Helen21 Jul 2009, 2:08pm Report

I've spent many a sunny day sat in the beer garden at Cottiers over the years but had never eaten there til Friday. Sadly, it was a much less pleasant experience.
It wasn't a good start, with only two white wines (sauvignon blanc and chardonnay - my least favourite) available by the glass. It then took the waitress three attempts to get our drinks to us (a beer and a coke - nothing complicated). Our starters were fine (deep fried brie, and feta salad) though nothing special. The main courses, unfortunately, werent fine. Between the two of us we had the only two veggie choices - veg fajitas, and polenta with goats cheese. To be honest both dishes looked pretty similar - a mish mash of roasted veg all overcooked to a sort of brown mess, we couldnt even distinguish some of the veg. My polenta was soggy and not even seasoned. It was really, really not worth the money. We both left about half of our dishes. I hoped that the meal could be redeemed by what sounded like a decent dessert - lemon posset with home made shortbread. The shortbread was nice, but the posset came in a nasty-looking drinks tumbler which was WAY too large, and it was lumpy as well. Really overall a quite terrible and very disappointing meal, especially for the most of fifty quid.
We then had to wait absolutely ages after requesting our bill and in the end had to go and seek it out ourselves. I was about to make my complaint about the food when I realised I was actually going to throw up, imminently, so had to just leave the money and run downstairs. My partner, who hadnt even eaten any of the same dishes as me, was ill about half an hour later.
I dont have any desire to ever cross the threshold of this place ever again.

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