Alston bar and beef Glasgow Dessert pear crumble

Budget-friendly set menu in Glasgow City Centre

It was January, the weather was rotten and most people are skint so a cheer up was needed. Not just for me but for my mum too, who accompanied me on this visit to Alston Bar and Beef. Hidden in plain sight right in the centre of Glasgow, underneath Glasgow Central Railway Station, have a set menu which runs Monday to Wednesday 12pm – 7:30pm and Thursday to Saturday 12pm – 5pm.  It’s next door to Gordon Street Coffee, which is also worth dropping into.

Alston bar and beef Glasgow outside

Head downstairs into the club-like cavernous vaults of Alston.  It’s a popular spot with lots of gin and steak. If you’re travelling home by train no need to fear missing your train as there is a screen showing the train times and platforms on the back wall.

Alston bar and beef Glasgow inside



Alston bar and beef Glasgow set menu
Alston bar and beef Glasgow Drinks menu red wine


A glass of Malbec for each of us, the obvious choice for steak. It was easily drinkable and smooth.

Alston bar and beef Glasgow wine



Cullen Skink with bread first. Although Alston is clearly focussed towards steak, there are plenty of other options and even though we’d made the faux pas of ordering a red wine with a fish soup, it still paired nicely. This is a creamy wintery soup with chunks of smoked haddock, potatoes and leeks so quite savoury. One of our favourite winter soups, we both ordered it and it was a fine example of the hearty chowder for anyone who’s never tried it.

Alston bar and beef Glasgow starter Cullen skink

Our first main course was also fish – herb crusted salmon. Perfectly cooked with a crunchy topping and a moist interior.  Layers of flavours here with crisp vegetables, creamy potatoes and tomato sauce.

Alston bar and beef Glasgow Main course herbed salmon

while I had the steak of course – flat iron steak and chips to be precise. 😍 A medium-rare cooked steak served with garlicky garlic butter ❤️ and crisp fries. An excellent value steak and one I would certainly pick again.

Alston bar and beef Glasgow Main course flat iron steak

After a short break it was onto dessert.

Alston bar and beef dessert menuThere’s always space for pudding so I thought that I would try the dark cherry and chocolate brownie served with warm chocolate sauce and raspberry ripple ice cream even I’m not a huge chocolate or brownie fan (Mr Foodie is though and would surely order this!), but this gooey brownie with warm chocolate sauce and creamy ice cream won me over. 😍

Alston bar and beef Glasgow Dessert chocolate brownie

The mother picked the pear crumble with custard and pear gel.  My family are suckers for anything served with custard.  If there’s custard on the menu somewhere, it will be ordered.  The pear was soft, and coated in crumble with just enough custard to soak up the crumble.

Alston bar and beef Glasgow Dessert pear crumble



A winner here for food, value for money and service which is casual but not in your face annoying.  A chilled vibe in the city centre of Glasgow and somewhere you can easily sit and miss a train in (should you afford the luxury).  If wine isn’t your thing, then try their wide selection of gins or simply have a beer. You can also just pop in for a drink, especially if you’ve just missed a train or arrived too early for one! Female toilets were checked only and in good working condition.


Alston Bar & Beef
Glasgow Central Railway Station
Gordon Street
G1 3SQ


Well, you can’t really get nearer transport than be underneath a railway station! Underneath Glasgow Central Railway Station.

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Stairs down to the restaurant. Flat access via Gordon Street Coffee with a lift down to the restaurant.

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Disclaimer: we received a complimentary meal but Fred say we is the truthful as his mum took his granny along for an honest opinion and both hoomins came home smiling.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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