Way back in the 19th century, the original Rab Ha was famous, or rather infamous, for his enormous appetite.
Known as the Glasgow glutton, people would bet on his ability to eat a stone of potatoes or an entire calf in pie form.
The 5pm Big Deal does not endorse this approach to a balanced diet.
We do recommend today’s Big Deal on an overnight dinner, bed and breakfast stay at the recently refurbished Rab Ha’s bar and restaurant with rooms in the Merchant City.
The Hutcheson Street venue had a make over last year after being taken over by new management.
Family-run restaurant with rooms
The very opposite of a bland chain hotel, Rab Ha’s is an independent, family-run with business with oodles of character.
Visitors can look forward to a cosy and tranquil space with stripped stone walls, an open fire and wood panelling in the bar and restaurant. Perfect for a cosy winter break.
Two course dinner
Available seven days a week, the offer is for two people to have an overnight stay in a double room. As well as a full Scottish breakfast, this offer includes a two course dinner for each guest.
Typical starters or small plates at Rab Ha’s include the Thai broth mussels, a prawn and crab cocktail and the serrano ham with chorizo, olive tapenade and pecorino cheese.
Popular main courses include the bangers and mash, steak pie and the salmon teriyaki with pickled ginger and jasmine rice.
The menu is good fun. the veggie haggis referred to as the grass-eating variety while chips are, perhaps inevitably, known as Glasgow salad.
There is a £4 supplement on the sirloin steak.
This is what a visitor to the new Rab Ha’s had to say on TripAdvisor:
‘Better than ever. This is my first visit since the reopening and the change has been fantastic. A great feel from the new style bar/restaurant area, looks much more classy. Service is excellent, very friendly and inviting. The food was amazing. I had the mussels in spicy Thai broth for a starter and teriyaki salmon main course. Looks like a great place for a drink and a night out with friends…’
Great for food and drink
Rab Ha’s has long been a popular Merchant City venue.
The new owners aim to maintain Rab Ha’s glowing reputation as a great place for good food and drink.
Experience it all with today’s Big Deal on an overnight dinner, bed and breakfast stay for two.
This offer is valid to the end of August 2018. You could use it for a well-earned night without the kids.
It would also make a thoughtful gift for anyone who would jump at the chance to explore all that Glasgow has to offer.