Review: The Butterfly & the Pig
The Butterfly & the Pig
1039 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow South Side G41 3YF
2 February 2015:
Glasgow's newest south side pub, the Butterfly and the Pig. HURRAH, I cried when I heard this news. I am a big B&P fan and while I didn't think the West End location lived up to the high standards of the City Centre location, I was very pleased when they re-located to the South Side and moved into the Corona Bar.
They just opened on Friday, and I managed to visit on Monday for lunch (I'd wanted to go on Sunday but the football crowd put me off). I don't think I'd even been in the Corona so I can't say too much about the change but the space is already better suited to the B&P style than the West End venue was. It's got the shabby chic look, with a separate dining area. It seems like the regulars of the Corona haven't gone though, and possibly the staff are the same?
I was seated in the dining area - the table I requested was being saved for people with pushchairs so I was wedged between two tables which I felt a little awkward about. Especially as then 5 minutes later two guys were seated at the table for two I'd asked for, no pushchair in sight.
The menu is the same as the City Centre but there was an extra page presented to me with specials, which also has brunch on it - served every day til 5pm. I ordered Eggs Royale as I didn't fancy a huge lunch. There was a bit of a wait, nothing too ridiculous but around 15 minutes probably. The presentation was lovely - two slices of toast cut into circles, with the salmon in between and the perfectly poached eggs perched on top. The only thing that wasn't perfect was the hollandaise which was pretty runny and more like a butter consistency. That being said, all up it was a very impressive brunch especially as they've only been open a few days.
I would say the other thing that I found wanting was the service. Strangely a few of the staff members were dressed in tracksuit type gear which you don't really expect in a place like B&P (maybe that's just me) and when I mentioned I wanted to pay my bill at the bar the waiter totally disappeared and I had to pay another member of staff instead.
That being said, these are just teething problems I'm sure so I can't wait to return to B&P to up the star rating. I'm so pleased they're on the South Side and look forward to seeing how it goes for them - based on the fact it was totally heaving in the food section on a Monday lunch, I'm sure it'll be brilliant.
11 April 2016:
Review update time - and yep, it's still a 4-star but had I remembered to update this review in between my last two visits, I'd have dropped it to a 3 in the meantime.
I visited here for dinner a while back which was lovely, and the usual standard of B&P. But after dinner we moved into the bar area which was horrendous with an unpleasant vibe. It was a Saturday night and the crowd was quite different to what you'd get at the city B&P and generally seemed a bit more rowdy/aggressive. We ended up leaving quite a bit earlier than planned as it was just uncomfortable and an unpleasant place to have a drink.
That actually put me off coming back, I won't lie. Yesterday we were looking to have a drink and even walked past here to go to the Glad Cafe but as that was full, we came back. I thought they'd be showing the football and so I was a little apprehensive but was so relieved to see they were showing cartoons (ha!) instead. There was a chilled vibe in the bar and it was pretty quiet aside from some tables with kids. I enjoyed having a drink here and would definitely come back. However - the football was finishing just as we left the pub so I'm not sure if the Hampden crowds would come here.