EVERYONE in the know is heading east these days — the east end of Glasgow, to be precise.
As soon as the sun shines, only one beer garden will do — the city’s very own brewery, bar and restaurant West, where the bestseller is St Mungos lager, made in accordance with German purity laws and lapped up by a Glasgow crowd.
The heatwave was in full swing during our visit — but if you have to be indoors then a seat in the stunning Templeton building, kitted out in dark wood panelling and huge factory windows, isn’t too taxing.
We jumped straight to main courses, and the other nation’s favourite street food, currywurst, came highly recommended. The staff needn’t have bothered, as I’d decided on the wurst well in advance — having sampled it more than a few times in Berlin, I’m a sucker for the strange combination of sausage, curry powder and tomato sauce (trust me, it works).
West’s version offers plump Bavarian sausages in a tangy sauce, served up with a more-than-generous side of fries and salad. Personally, I’d like to have eaten something closer to home (theirs, not mine) — perhaps fried potatoes instead. However, the currywurst was delightful and brought back memories of food eaten on cold street corners (the perfect antidote hour in the Glasgow sun!)
The other half’s Nürnberger Bratwürstl — sausages with sauerkraut, mash and beef jus — was beautifully presented and scoffed in no time.
We finished with baked Alaska and apple strudel. The first, a deliciously cold, gooey dessert, was topped with West’s own Hefeweizen beer ice cream, and the perfect finish for a summer meal. The strudel was also gorgeous: flaky pastry and soft, sweet apples with one of the best custards I’ve had.
It may be food more fit for a cold Christmastime than a warm summer’s eve, but there’s no denying that there are plenty of good things happening at West — even before you get to those sought-after beers.
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