New Glasgow bar sets sights on being one of the best gastropubs in the world

Situated in the heart of Glasgow on Argyle Street, The Duke’s Umbrella is set to make its debut on 17th May, serving up high quality gastropub food alongside an eclectic selection of real ales, fine wines, and signature cocktails. With a rustic, artisan feel, the new pub will be open seven days a week, with brunch at the weekend in addition to a top quality Sunday roast which is sure to be a hit.

Brought to you by the same team behind the highly successful Royal Exchange Square restaurant Glaschu, The Duke’s Umbrella has aspirations to be one of the best gastropubs in the world.

The menu itself is the brainchild of one of the country’s most successful and burgeoning talents, top Glasgow chef John Molloy, who will front the new venture alongside General Manager Craig McKay. Molloy’s signature dish is one that he says will soon be recognised as “the best fish and chips in Scotland”. Molloy has crafted the ultimate comfort food menu, including a slow braised smoked ox cheek, seasonal pies, and a Guinness panna cotta. The menu also most notably boasts Molloy’s Laphroaig ice cream cone concoction, which celebrates the simplicity and coolness of his vanilla ice cream paired with the warmth of the medicinal, smoky flavour of Laphroaig Whisky, making it an ideal dessert.

Development Chef John Molloy said: “I’ve always wanted to cook gastropub food. It’s honest, full of flavour, and for too long this style of food has been overlooked and has slipped into mediocrity. We will be giving our food the attention it deserves and treating the ingredients in the same way fine dining restaurants do. All while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere and delivering the sort of food you’ve always wanted from your local.”

“We’ve curated a menu from the finest produce, in which the ingredient is the hero of the dish, we’re keeping presentation simple, fuss free and full of flavour.”

Focussed on providing Glasgow with a welcoming and unpretentious gastropub, The Duke’s Umbrella are transforming classic pub favourites and giving them the attention to detail they deserve, curating a menu filled with the finest produce from local suppliers such as Bernard Corrigan’s fishmongers in Glasgow.

“We’ve given the great Haddock from Corrigan’s the batter it deserves and gone to great lengths to make it that little bit extra special, served with tarragon mayo, lemon, vinegar powder and triple cooked chips. Pair with a glass of Petit Chablis and it’s all you could want from fish and chips.”, explains Molloy.

All the delights on the menu can be washed down with a pint of cask ale, fine wines, or a Duke’s signature cocktail. The delectable Duke’s Martini is sure to be a showstopper in both taste and style and is a must-try for any cocktail lover. Guests can take their pick from either raspberry, plum, cherry or rhubarb liqueur paired with the smoky oak notes of Laphroig Scotch Whisky, shaken with pineapple juice. Not to worry though, for those of you not imbibing there’s an eclectic mocktail list on offer, featuring a range of soda spritzers made with homemade syrups and the refreshing Cucumb-here Often?. There is also a series of collaborations brewing, one of which is with Clydebank-based Italian Aroma Coffee and Auchentoshan Whisky. Marco Giambastaini from Italian Aroma Coffee has coined a secret process to combine Auchentoshan Whisky with the roasting of coffee beans to make whisky coffee, available only at The Duke’s Umbrella.

General Manager Craig McKay said: “We’ve spent months carefully curating our drinks menu and two of my personal favourites are The Duke’s Signature Bloody Mary made with Isle of Bute Oyster Gin served with a fresh Cumbrae oyster, and Any Port in The Storm which is barrel-aged Makers Mark, Martell VS Cognac, Grand Marnier, 10-year-old Tawny Port and Black Walnut Bitters”.

“We’ll be open from 10am every day, seven days a week, whether that’s for brunch, lunch, dinner, Sunday roast, bar snacks, a glass of champagne or a Scottish cask ale. We also have exclusive and private dining options available, and we’ll be using this space to host lots of tasting events such as food and wine pairings, which will be a huge part of what we’re about. Saturday afternoons watching the Six Nations will no doubt become a focal point of the winter season too in Glasgow.”

Customers will also be able to join in a new social scene developing at the pub, with events such as the weekend ‘book and brunch’ club coming soon.

The Duke’s Umbrella opens its doors on 17th May, booking is advised. For reservations or to view full menus please visit.

Open 7 days, 10am-1am

Enjoy Brunch 10-2, Lunch 12-5, Dinner 5 -10pm

The Duke’s Umbrella , 363 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8LT

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