The Trading House has been on my radar since it first opened in Glasgow towards the end of last year, and although I visited last Christmas I was still feeling pretty sore and miserable after my surgery so probably didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as I would have liked to. Now that my recovery is a good few months behind me I dragged my gal Lis along one evening to do what we do best – eat food and drink cocktails.
The menu at The Trading House is eclectic to say the least, and whilst I can’t quite nail down what the exact concept is, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good choice when it comes to a girly catch up in Glasgow. Based in one of Glasgow’s many A-listed extravagant buildings, the setting brings a hint of old time opulence with the added bonus of live music every night.
So, as I said the menu offers a bit of a mix, with some classic pub grub, twists on traditional Scottish dishes and a mix of worldwide flavours including some good ol’ rotisserie too. It covers a lot of bases, but can be a bit overwhelming for an indecisive diner like myself! I tried hard to resist my usual choice of baked camembert to start, having had this on my last visit, and for the sake of the blog I went for the next thing to catch my eye – a goat’s cheese tart – consisting of a few chunks of goats cheese being scattered on a dish of super flaky pastry alongside some roasted sweet pepper and beetroot. I’m not a beetroot fan, so that was swiftly set to the side, but the rest was delicious albeit messy.
Lis opted for the basket of chicken wings, which was oddly served in a little treasure chest. It was a novelty, to say the least, but a bit of a random one in my eyes! Nevertheless she devoured them in record timing, ready to move on to the mains.
True to my ever indecisive nature I settled on one of the infamous deli boards, which allowed me to pick and choose a few bits and bobs that caught my eye. After much deliberation I finally narrowed it down to four choices, those being potato salad, prosciuttio, chorizo and an aged Lancashire cheese all served with Turkish flatbread. This was the perfect little picnic dinner, exactly what I was in the mood for, and one of my favourite things to eat when I’m feeling picky. Special shout out has to go to the cheese, which is most definitely the best cheese I have ever had in my life ever and I’m going to put some serious effort in to hunting it down to stock my fridge. It was jam packed with beautiful, tangy flavour and was mouthwateringly melt in the mouth. It’s no secret that I love cheese, so it’s no small honour to be deemed the best in my eyes.
Ever thoughtful, Lis decided to go for one of the much raved about
hanging kebabs, meaning I got to have a snazzy photo of this towering
beauty for my blog post. Drowned in a mix of sweet chilli, ginger and
garlic butter the thought alone is enough to have me drooling!
Although I was in two minds as whether to order a dessert, or see if I could just have a plate full of that cheese, my sweet tooth got the better of me as soon as I spotted Sticky Toffee Pudding on the menu. I knew I had made the right decision with seconds of my first mouthful and pretty much inhaled the entire pudding in mere moments. Sweet, sticky and satisfying – you can’t go wrong with sticky toffee pudding. Before our visit Lis had been raving about the Trifle Sunday and when asked what she wanted for dessert she replied without any hesitation. Based on how quickly it disappeared, I’m guessing it was a winner too!
One of the real highlights on offer at The Trading House has to be the cocktail menu, with some old favourites settled in nicely alongside a few more inventive combinations. We managed to make our way through a couple each, it was a school night after all, and particularly enjoyed the Raspberry Disaronno Sour which is one of my go-to choices, the Tea Breeze which included a smooth blend of vodka, berries and a Hibiscus and Berry tea, as well as a deliciously refreshing Scottish Mojito with Tanqueray gin, crisp apple, cucumber and mint.
The warm, cosy setting makes the perfect choice for an intimate evening meal, and the addition of live music with the fantastic cocktail menu means it’s not going to disappoint for a bigger get together too! Nestled between Buchanan Street and George Square, it’s a must visit if you’re after good food and good drink in Glasgow – and who isn’t?
Have the cheese, you won’t regret it.