Alston Bar & Beef

If I had a list of coolest places to eat based on their design and layout Alston Bar and Beef would be at the top of it right now. A few weeks ago, once again my friend Jude (TheWeeBlondie) were on the hunt for more food. Keen to save on cash we headed to 5pm.co.uk to find ourselves a deal.

Fellow food bloggers on twitter had also recommended the pre-theatre Alston Bar and Beef menu so when I saw it on 5pm it was a no brainer. Two courses for £13. Yes please.

We arrived for our booking at 6:30 which is in fact the latest time this deal runs to on a week night. Walking down the stairs I immediately felt relaxed by the blue but subtle lighting. Our waiter was friendly and walked us through the restaurant to our table at the back. We were seated and given time to peruse the menu.

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We ordered a carafe of Pinot Grigio to share for £11.50. There was a variety of drinks on the menu including plenty of gin cocktails which I cannot wait to go back and try when it is not a school night.

To start I ordered the crispy goats cheese with pickled beets, to be followed by the steak frites. We sipped on our wine catching up on all of our usual business and soon the starters arrived.

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On my plate there were 3 crispy bite sized pieces of goats cheese accompanied by chunks of pickled beets and tomato. The goats cheese bites were heavenly. I LOVE goats cheese. If a platter of these goats cheese bites were placed in front of me I could have made my way through it very quickly. The dish was extremely moreish.

Plates were cleared away and soon our mains arrived. Steak Frites for me. On the menu you can choose from the Bavette or the D-Rump (£3 supplement). I chose the Bavette cooked medium-rare and added some peppercorn sauce for £1. The Bavette is a less lean cut of steak but it was so succulent and flavoursome. The flavours from the meat alongside the garlic butter was incredible. I did not necessarily need the peppercorn sauce, however it too was delicious. As I write about it my mouth is watering.

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I can definitely say that the meat on its own was full of flavour. But the garlic butter was  extremely tasty, mouthwateringly good, delectable. (Yes these all mean the same thing but it was so good it deserves a lot of words to describe it). It was the best I have had in a long time. I enjoyed it so much that once the steak was finished I dipped my chips in the rest. Sorry to anyone who walked past me on the way home that evening.

In total the bill game to £37.50 for two people, including wine. Not bad for a school night treat.

Not only did I enjoy me meal, I really loved the feel of this place. It is something different but without being too edgy. It has a great location being under central station. You could head there before catching a train (they show live train updates on a screen too) or if you were heading to Glasgow for a night out and arriving by train you could head here for your first round of drinks.

Overall, this place really is fantastic and I cannot wait to return!

I hope I have inspired you to visit.

Until next time,

K x

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