While the name might suggest that The Bothy is located in the back of beyond, it is actually on Ruthven Lane, just off Byres Road in Glasgow’s metropolitan West End. It is a Scottish restaurant that playfully mixes traditional and contemporary influences. Stripped stone walls, stuffed game birds and chunky wooden furniture mean that the decor combines the welcoming feel of granny’s kitchen with the rough hewn charm of a Highland lodge. Friendly staff in kilts add the finishing touch to the stylishly retro feel.
The food at The Bothy follows the traditions of Scottish home cooking but gives the dishes a restaurant level of precision and presentation. Local ingredients such as Ayrshire lamb, Stornoway black pudding and North Sea scallops are to the fore and the Caledonian flavours on offer include Cullen skink; the haggis, neeps and tatties plus grilled Scottish salmon. The steaks are from the Scottish butcher Simon Howie.
Not that everything tastes of the Highlands and Islands; European flavours are also welcome at The Bothy. The pan-seared sea bass fillets come with a salsa verde while the steak and haggis Bothy burger is served on focaccia. The chicken terrine is accompanied by Scottish oatcakes but is flavoured with chorizo. Perhaps thankfully, the wine list features no Scottish wines although there are plenty of drams available for after dinner appreciation. Whisky tasting experiences can be booked on request.
The Bothy has two private rooms, both of which can be used for meetings or private dining functions. The Snug can accommodate up to eight guests and the private dining room on the first floor can accommodate up to 22 people.
The lunch menu and Braw Deal set menu allow diners to try The Bothy’s food at very reasonable prices. Naturally, the children’s menu is known as the Wee Rascals’ menu.
The Bothy, Ruthven Lane, Hillhead, Glasgow, G12 9BG