In pictures: Chef Nico Simeone opens the doors to Public House by Nico

Here is a first look at Public House by Nico, chef Nico Simeone's much-anticipated new gastropub restaurant, which opened in Glasgow this week.

Published 19th Dec 2018
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Located at 333 Great Western Road in Glasgow at the site of former bar, The Mallard, the team behind the new venture say it will bring "modern British gastropub cuisine" to Glasgow's West End, under the direction of head chef Nico Simeone.

Following in the success of his other restaurants Six by Nico and 111 by Nico, Public House by Nico will offer a broad selection of seasonal small plates underpinned by larger dishes to be enjoyed on their own or shared as well as a weekend Breakfast and Brunch and a mouthwatering Sunday Roast offering.

Dishes on the menu include; Beer Batter Fish of the Day with Tartare Sauce and Mushy Peas; Flat Iron with Chimmicurri, Smoked Tomato Compote and Flat Cap mushroom; Chestnut Gnocchi with Sprout Tops, Smoked Pancetta and Sage; Cauliflower Soup with Gribiche and Tempura Cauliflower; and Curried Monkfish with Mussels, and Bok Choi & Lime.

Sunday Roast will served every Sunday from 12 noon until 5pm with two courses for £19 and three Courses for £23.

Mains include Bone in Ayrshire Pork Chop served with apple sauce or Roast Speyside Sirloin - both served with yorkshire puddings, beef dripping roast potato, cauliflower cheese, roasted root vegetables and roasting juices.

Public House's Breakfast menu is available on Saturdays from 9am-11:30am and Sundays from 9am-2pm and include the Public House Full Scottish Breakfast - Cumberland sausage, house cured bacon, roasted tomato, flat cap mushroom, potato scone, scrambled egg, black pudding, baked beans; Eggs Benedict with toasted muffin, poached egg, brown butter hollandaise and house cured bacon, and Scrambled Eggs on Sourdough with avocado & smoked salmon.

The restaurant, which has a 60- seat capacity and a small dedicated bar area, offers a "slice of cosy countryside in the heart of Glasgow" where guests will also find local real ales, fruity wines and fine single malt scotch.

Nico Simeone said: “It’s been on my radar to open a modern gastropub restaurant for some time. The goal of the restaurant is to make the dining experience fun with the sense of playfulness the Scottish are known for. The boutique pub is making a comeback and we wanted to introduce the trend to Glasgow.

"Public House is charmingly old-fashioned and a place that guests can enjoy exception food and wines. It’s local with a menu specifically designed to be value for money.

"Public House by Nico is the ideal location and perfect for what we want to achieve; an informal and relaxed offer, a real neighbourhood restaurant where you can drop in for a quick bite, enjoy a spot of lunch or brunch or get together with friends and family over Sunday dinner.

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"There are some top operators already doing great things in Glasgow and we’re looking forward to bringing something totally different to the city.”

The neighbourhood restaurant will be open six days a week serving brunch, lunch and dinner across the one floor.

Locals and visitors to the area can enjoy open fireplaces, exposed wooden beams and snug leather furniture.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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