Eating out: a dark and cosy people-watching spot

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A COSY corner spot on the most notorious stretch of Byres Road — in that businesses just don’t survive long — The Hill has filled a long-empty gap.

It’s easy to see why someone would snap it up; a corner bar with plenty of space to mill around, as well as comfy booths by the window to watch the westend go by.

Mood lighting is key here; the room is full of couples, whether they’re on a romantic night out or just grabbing a bite after work, laptops still open.

As for the menu, it’s full of bar staples — the kind of dishes you long for on a rainy night.

I started with cullen skink, the other half with nachos.

Mine — creamy fish soup with chunks of potato and crunchy croutons — arrived in a dainty little bowl, but with an ample helping of bread on the side.

The nachos — with sour cream, salsa and guacamole — were again, decently proportioned for a starter, and as oozy as you want your nachos to be.

Our mains were as classic as you can get; fish and chips on the other side of the table and, for me, a burger with added cheddar and peppercorn sauce.

The fish was impressive; a slab of crisp, light and fluffy batter, flaky fish and the perfect chips — crunchy, lightly salted and plenty of them. Top marks for presentation too, as the side of tartare sauce arrived in a cute little jar (it’s a little thing, but it made me smile).

The burger was huge, meaty and tasty, and the brioche bun was a great addition — but at £1 per add-on, I wasn’t convinced by the cheese (a scraping at best) and runny peppercorn sauce on the side (the only option being to dip the whole bun in).

Pleasantly full, we skipped the dessert menu and headed back out onto Byres Road.

The westend street’s lower half may be a precarious spot for some, but The Hill — whose logo is ‘food’ plus ‘drink’ equals ‘smiley face’ — have the ideal space for people watching...and let’s face it, they’ve already got their sums right.

Rating: 7/10

The Hill

94 Byres Road

Hillhead

G12 8TB

Tel: 332 4098