When my partner booked a table at the Clockwork Beer Company for a meal I was stunned - she was capable of organising a party in a brewery after all.
Joking aside, I was more than happy with her choice. Clockwork is a spacious bar and restaurant in Mount Florida, just a goal kick away from Hampden Park. Despite visiting the National Stadium in Glasgow’s southside dozens of times over the years, I had never ventured inside this well-known establishment for food. Perhaps that’s because I usually leave Hampden as fast as possible after watching my team take another pasting.
When we visited on a midweek evening before Christmas the place was filled with families enjoying a meal out. It’s always a good sign if a restaurant doesn’t need to survive on the dreaded office ‘party nights’ during the festive season, as it shows it has a regular customer base all year round.
Clockwork’s popularity does have some downsides, however. Several of the starters and main courses were off the menu, presumably due to over-demand.
Happily, there were no problems with the in-house microbrewery and I happily sampled a pint of the refreshing Clockwork Lager.
Having ascertained what was left on the menu, I ordered nachos to start, and was presented with a heaving bowl topped with gooey cheese, sour cream and salsa — a meal in itself.
Gillian went for jalapenos, stuffed with cream cheese and served with salad and sweet chilli dip — a lighter option, and sweet, spicy and satisfying.
Having already proved that her organisational skills were sharper than I had previously suggested, she then went for a classic main; fish and chips. The batter was crisp, the chips plentiful and the tartare sauce tangy. It was pub food — but that’s no complaint when accompanied by a glass of Clockwork’s finest.
I ordered a burger with haggis and cheddar which, again, came with ample chips and coleslaw — however, the burger was a bit lost under the flavour of the toppings and an oversized floury bap.
Frankly, given the portion sizes, there was no need for deserts. But they sounded too good to resist. I attempted a slice of chocolate fudge cake for dessert, but didn’t get very far.
Gillian’s Belgian waffle was a gooey – and sizeable – treat.
Above all, the service at Clockwork was wonderful; friendly and just the right amount of festive touches.
Clockwork Beer Company, 1153-1155 Cathcart Road, Glasgow G42 9HB, 0141 649 0184