256-260 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8SH - View Map
The oldest pub on Byres Road, Curler's Rest, is a charming little place that serves quality gastro pub food, an impressive selection of beers and chilled out Sunday vibes.
Following a complete refit a couple of years ago, Curler's Rest has transformed from a shabby student bar and into a comfortable and handsome pub. Exposed brickwork, an open fire and artwork from Glasgow's own artists gives the place a real homely feel. Although it looks fairly small from the outside, the pub is split over two levels, so there's plenty of space to grab a seat during busy hours.
Atmosphere & Clientele
Since 2010, the clientele has completely changed from the old student staples and The Curler's Rest is now much more popular with families and professionals. We visited on a Sunday, which are of course the busiest at this West End pub, with people flocking for the popular Curler's Rest Sunday roast. The atmosphere is pretty laid-back during the day with groups and couples cheerily chatting or reading the paper. As the evening approaches, the pub fills up and can become a lively spot, with the bubble of chatter filling the bar.
Food & Drinks
The Curler's Rest really sets itself apart with this selection at the bar. There's a multitude of beers on offer so if Czech pilsners, German lagers and British cask ales are your thing, you won't be disappointed. Best of all if you're not sure which beer to choose, the friendly bar staff will let you try before you buy. Ever-changing seasonal menus means that there's always something new on offer at the bar or from the kitchen. Our party weren't having food, but there was certainly plenty to choose from and our noses pricked up every time a plate passed. Great pub food with carefully sourced ingredients and of course, the popular Sunday roast, with a choice of 21-day aged beef with homemade Yorkshire puddings, Shropshire chicken, Norfolk pork with crackling or the vegetarian option of a cashew, walnut and cheddar nut roast. Nice to see that vegetarians aren't forgotten about! As the food is tasty but simple, you can bring your fussy grandparents or picky mates here and be safe in the knowledge that even they will like it.
Curler's Rest is a great pub that serves as a convenient meet up point in the West End before jumping over to Ashton Lane's cocktail bars, or a place you can bring your friends to and settle down for the evening. We'll certainly be back to try the food; in fact, their Saturday brunch sounds like a brilliant idea right about now.