Ups: Great service, cosy pub, adventure and variety on the menu. Downs: Horrible chips, slight lack of variety in the ales.
This is the third time that we’ve been to The White Cart in Clarkston, Glasgow. While the building itself has been a pub since the 1860s, it’s current incarnation is as a Chef & Brewer bar and restaurant.
The restaurant pitches itself as ‘classic pub food’ but the inclusion of duck, scallops and venison on the menu shows that there’s a bit more going on in the kitchen than pie and chips.
First things first. The staff are great. The service is quick but laid back. We were served with smiles and accommodation. The decor is dark but it wears it well. Our late lunch on January 2nd had us sat next to a roaring log fire and also a huge window. It was a great table.
I ordered a pint of Greene King IPA. It wasn’t my first choice. The White Cart usually has a selection of cask ales but they were absent upon arrival. While this was disappointing, it did prompt me to have the IPA which turned out to be delicious.
Emma and I ordered the Devilled Whitebait (deep-fried in a spicy coating, served with a tartare sauce dip £4.99). Rachel (17) was shocked and disgusted that the fish were whole, with eyes. They were fairly tasty but maybe a little bland. We both agreed we wouldn’t order them again.
The kids (3 & 4) meals arrived with our starters. Jenny had Gammon steak with pineapple while Eve had fish fingers. Both meals were served with chips. Jenny was amused by being served a meal with pineapple on it. She thought it was a joke. The gammon was far too salty, especially considering it was a kid’s meal. The chips on both plates were horrible. They weren’t cooked through.
I ordered an 8 hour slow-cooked Irish rib of beef with pulled pork coated in a barbecue & ale sauce. The meat was just perfectly cooked. The beef fell from the bone. It was a good sized portion and didn’t have too much fat. I’d asked for the sweet potato chips to be swapped for what I thought would be the triple cooked chips. Not so. I got more of the horrible frozen chips. A huge shame.
Emma got the Woodland mushroom & caramelised onion pie, topped with honey-roasted parsnips and caramelised red onion wedges. Delicious and thankfully served with a creamy, smooth mashed potato. The mushrooms and gravy made for a wholesome dish.
Rachel’s sweet potato, red pepper, soya bean and mozzarella burger with a mixed nut crumb was also a hit. It was served with crunchy onion rings, a honey & chipotle sauce and a big portion of horrible chips.
We didn’t get desserts this time but we were nothing but happy with them on our previous trips.
The White Cart is a little drive outside of Glasgow, but if you accompany the trip with a walk around the nearby Roukin Glen park to work up an appetite, then it’ll make for a wonderful day out.
We will definitely return although we’ll probably avoid the chips.