Ubiquitous Chip

Silver Award

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Silver Award

This “consistently fabulous” Glasgow institution is now well into its fifth decade and remains synonymous with “pretty, delicate plates of contemporary Scottish food” – although it manages to sidestep most of the tartan clichés along the way. The menu lists plenty of indigenous provisions with sound regional provenance, but there’s no ‘Brigadoon beef with a Rob Roy roulade’ or other such kitsch. Instead, look out for dishes such as seared West Coast scallops with squid, seaweed and malt crumb, Fife woodpigeon with baked beetroots, bramble gel, vanilla, peanut and cocoa or lemon and chocolate ganache with brown-bread ice cream and hazelnut crumble. The “lovely” ground-floor restaurant is quite pricey, but you can eat more affordably in the upstairs brasserie – think haggis with neeps ‘n’ tatties or Shetland mussels steamed in garlicky, creamy broth. Sunday lunches and theatre menus pull the crowds, and the wine list is one of Scotland’s finest. “It will forever be one of my favourites”, chimes a fan.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Fun, Lively, Quirky, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions
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About Ubiquitous Chip

Having been open since 1971, Ubiquitous Chip is one of Glasgow’s most established restaurants and has become somewhat of an institution. Located on Ashton Lane, in the city’s West End, it was founded by late restauranteur Ronnie Clydesdale, who wanted to showcase the fine selection of produce that Scotland has on its doorstep. Ubiquitous Chip still to this day serves a menu focused on provenance; local produce is treated with the upmost respect to create imaginative, contemporary dishes. Benefitting from an upstairs bar known as ‘The Big Pub’, and a mezzanine brasserie, as well as the main fine dining restaurant, Ubiquitous Chip has something for everyone.

The restaurant’s white, painted exterior which stretches above the cobbled streets look’s almost pub-like and provides little clue to what’s within. The cobbles continue inside and greenery surrounds the dining room; Ubiquitous Chip’s glass ceiling ensures that the restaurant is constantly flooded with light and makes the space almost feel outdoors. A staircase takes you up from the cobbles to the mezzanine level which features modern artwork on the walls and has a less formal feel to it.

With both a tasting menu and a la carte on offer, which change seasonally, there is plenty by way of choice at Ubiquitous Chip. Starters range from caramelised onion and cannellini bean hummus with Freedom Bakery bread to baked scallops with leek, bacon and parmesan. Main courses might include grilled mackerel served with yuzu koshu and radish, or venison haunch with confit pumpkin, chocolate and elderberry vinegar, while you can expect desserts such as a pear, caramel custard and almond trifle.

Ubiquitous Chip’s food offering is accompanied by an award-winning wine list which is comprised of both old and new world classics, and some more unusual modern bottles. The restaurant’s head sommelier and wine buyer even blend some of their own house wines. There is also a stellar selection of whiskeys, cocktails and soft drinks available.

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Location for Ubiquitous Chip

12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ

0141 334 5007


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:30-15:00
Mon 17:00-22:00
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:00
Fri 17:30-11:00
Sat 17:30-11:00
Sun 17:00-22:00
All day
Mon 11:00-01:00
Tue 11:00-01:00
Wed 11:00-01:00
Thu 11:00-01:00
Fri 11:00-01:00
Sat 11:00-01:00
Sun 11:00-01:00

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Andrew S

Went In With Anticipation Came Out Dissapointed
03 June 2013  
I booked on the evening from the hotel as i had been there before and was never dissapointed , I was nt sure if to eat down stairs or upstairs in the brasserie as i never had access to the menu for downstairs, so i decided to eat upstairs, I arrived with time to spare so i went for a drink in the bar ,and informed the staff i was eating in the brasserie at 8.00pm. At 8.15 i was so hungry i went to ask if table was ready and i was shown to my table . We ordered promptly as we were starving and after eating our was through half a loaf of bread and 30 min later one soup and one crab arrived, The soup was good but the crab was very watery and had shell in it too, i pointed this out and it was duly deducted from the bill, We both ordered steaks and they arrived in a short time after, they were very good But the damage had been done with the 30min wait and the 2 pieces of crab shell in the starters , maybe the two are connected ,,less rushing and more attention to the detail is required… I hope the chip improves as it was very good …
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