A night out in Glasgow

Down on Friday night to Glasgow in order that I could attend the Convention on Modern Liberty on the Saturday and herself could go shopping for fabrics for her daughter’s wedding in July; wedding dress for daughter and some sort of cladding for herself.

Having had a look around on various travel advice websites, and considering that we wanted to be in the city centre, decided to book a room at the Millennium Hotel in George Square. A little more expensive than our usual budget approach to overnight accommodation, but we hadn’t actually been away anywhere for a long time, so I wanted to make this a little special. This turned out to be a good choice, with excellent staff and service and a very convenient location for the town.

Parked at the Shields Road park-and-ride site for the Clockwork Orange – very good value at £3 for 24 hours.

A nice surprise when we got in to our room was to be sent up a bottle of sparking wine courtesy of a friend who knew we were staying there. One to pass on.

Managed to book a table at the very excellent Two Fat Ladies fish restaurant in the west end of the city, arriving there for eight-thirty. This is a compact little eatery with a good reputation, which was certainly deserved on our visit. Little concerned to observe that the washbasin in the kitchen was out of use due to it being full of cleaning materials. Me the grilled squid for a starter – stunningingly-simple piece of cooked fish with a superb dressing; sharp, tangy and fantastically balanced. For mains we had the fish platter (her) and tuna steak (me). Again, superbly-cooked and presented food done to focus on the inherent qualities of the fish rather than drown it in sauces or over-elaborate it on the plate. That and a good bottle of wine made for a wonderful meal. This is definitely on the list of places to return to when we’re in town.

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