About The Duke's Umbrella
Chic gastropub cuisine in Glasgow city centre
The Duke’s Umbrella is a characterful eating and drinking hub that boldly promises ‘the best fish & chips in the country’. The team’s vision is to restore gastropub cuisine to its former glory, giving ingredients the same loving care that fine dining spots do.
Inside, the interior of frondy plants, leather armchairs and pillars has a real vintage colonial feel. So why not order a G&T on the rocks and pretend that you’re a 1930s explorer stopping off for a refreshment before a daring jungle expedition?
Or alternatively, stop here for a hearty brunch to fuel you before hitting the shops, a leisurely Sunday roast kicked off with a signature Bloody Mary, or a cheeky after-work martini and meal. And don’t forget to complete your experience with the house special of whisky coffee, a local brew infused with Auchentoshan via a top secret process (and available only at The Duke’s).
Local ingredients and European flair
The menus are the vision of Chef John Molloy, a rising star of the Scottish dining scene who shows a real attention to detail in his craft. Dishes showcase a range of top quality Scottish produce, including firm and salty oysters from Cumbrae. Diners can pop in for brunch, a bar snack, main meal or Sunday roast, then finish off with a signature cocktail or gourmet dessert. The bar snacks are definitely at the deluxe end of things and include choices like duck crackling with Peking spice or pork vindaloo croquettes. Starters include a charcuterie board with venison salami or a warmed garlic butter crab.
In true gastropub form, the mains include a sausage & mash special that changes daily. Seafood fans can savour a charcoal-spiced cod on a coconut & curry leaf veloute, while carnivores can tuck into The Duke’s Burger, an 8oz beef patty heaped with smoked ox cheek,
hash brown and jalapeño cheese sauce. Veggies can sample innovative options such as the whole smoked cauliflower with celeriac puree, thyme and black garlic.
Desserts combine British classics with a French sensibility and include a playful Perthshire strawberry trifle with Pimm’s soaked sponge and orange blossom custard, or the bitter chocolate delice with passion fruit sorbet.
What’s near to The Duke’s Umbrella?
The restaurant is at the city centre end of Argyle Street, at the spot where Traders Bar used to be.
Glasgow Central station is just around the corner and you will also be handy for both the St. Enoch and Princes Square shopping centres. The GFT cinema is a 10-minute walk away.