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Published May 9th 2015
Will this live up to your Great Expectations?
Hillhead Bookclub is a great venue situated off Byres Road. It's been around for five years and has never lost it's unique charm in that time. It's a quirky, hipster-esque bar and restaurant where the walls are filled with miscellaneous objects and the mismatched crockery and cutlery could've been stolen from your nan's house. They've got vintage games in the upstairs mezzanine and the place hosts a variety of events. I, however, had come for the food and drink to celebrate my friend becoming an air hostess.
We started out by perusing the cocktail menu. There's a wide variety of different drinks which come at an average price of £6. The strawberry mojitos are a bargain at £3 and can be made with either gin or vodka, dependent on your taste. I opted for the strawberry gin mojito which was really tasty; the alcohol was not overpowering so it could be quite easy to get carried away.
There is a wide range of food available which is mainly of the pub grub variety. The range of vegetarian meals is exceptionally good with a separate vegetarian menu.
The menus are chatty in their style, which can be fun for a while if occasionally confusing. I opted for the Bookclub burger, which comes with cheese as standard, but additional relish is 75p. This may be a tad overpriced for the relish but it is a worthwhile addition. The burger was succulent and seasoned really well.
Unfortunately, the chips were a tad dry and were slightly overcooked. This was a shame as I'd heard the chips were normally really tasty. Thankfully this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the dish which left me pleasantly satisfied.
The dessert menu is simple yet classic. I went for the Eton Mess which lived up to expectations from the description. The dessert was filled with cream, tangy raspberries and crisp meringue. The cream was certainly the overriding ingredient but it was definitely good. All washed down with another strawberry gin mojito.
Overall, my experience of Hillhead Bookclub was a good one and I would certainly recommend it. The only downside was that service was a little slow but I'll forgive them as it was a busy Saturday night.
If you like good food and drinks certainly bookmark this place for your next outing.