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Brown’s, a university town fixture, has now extended its reach from Brighton in the south to Glasgow in the north – with further openings on the agenda. There’s clearly mileage in its potted palms,
bentwood chairs & a ‘something for everyone’ formula. Alas, readers continue to berate poor service & forgettable food that puts ‘quantity over quality’. Find a good branch or a good day
though, & that old warm familiarity returns. The brasserie/grill menu gets it right with a retro offering of burgers, fish pies, lobster tagliatelle & chicken Caesar salads, while pork
belly with cauliflower cheese ‘bread & butter pudding’ or cured Trealy Farm ham with figs feel right for today’s budget foodie. Inexpensive cocktails & some interesting wines (Brachetto
d’Acqui, Château Musar among others) might surprise you.
We were shown to our table, by a friendly waitress. The place was extremely busy, particularly considering it was well after 2 when we arrived for lunch.Their menu is extensive, with lunch options and their full daytime selection set out on one large card. I was happy with the soup, then their bavette steak and chips. Hande joined me in bavetting, after starting with lavash sticks. Patrick started with a duck flatbread, then followed with the steak sandwich. This was all noted, without the need for writing things down, by our highly efficient waitress....
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