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Friday, 8 March 2013

Review - The Mall in Mearns, Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, Glasgow

A couple of weeks ago, myself and Nicola made a visit to The Mall in Mearns to check out a new craft fair. Initially I had thought that The Mall was a new bar restaurant but after looking for directions online, I realised that The Mall was a rebranded version of the old Malletsheugh Inn. From it's coaching house origins in the 1800's through until modern times, the Malletsheugh Inn has been feeding and watering both two and four legged travellers. In fact for many years the inn was the scene of the first change of horses on the stage coaches that ran from Glasgow to Kilmarnock on the old road.
LittleGems Jewellery is now booked onto the next craft fair at The Mall so we had to make a return visit to sort out the necessary fees for the fair, so decided that me would grab some lunch whilst we were there. The Mall is now owned by local businessman Drew Paterson who has brought a modern twist to the old coach house pub. Inside the traditional farmhouse there is a Spanish styled bar, which is flanked on one side by a huge lounge/dining area, and a raised restaurant area on the other.
When we had visited the first time, the car park was packed and the restaurant and bar were both very busy, when we returned last weekend The Mall was considerably quieter. Admittedly, we were maybe a little earlier than our previous visit but I think the craft event might have done a great job in pulling customers through the door, which is good new for LittleGems next day out.
Estrella Damm on draught
We were shown through to the bar and seated at a huge booth with external views over the rolling hills of East Renfrewshire, and internal views of two huge screens broadcasting live football. Knowing that we were having Indian takeaway for dinner later, we didn't want a heavy lunch, so with this in mind we decided to order from the extensive tapas menu.
Tapas sharing platter
The tapas menu is full of traditional Spanish favourites from the classic croquetas de pollo (chicken croquettes) to albongidas de cordero (lamb meatballs). After many minutes of deliberation, we ordered the plato combinado, a sharing platter of Serrano ham, chorizo, salami, olives, crusty bread and Manchego cheese. The platter was well presented with a great balance of tasty meats and cheese and olives, served with a little dresses salad on the side. The portion size was excellent and there was plenty on the slate board to happily feed us both.

To accompany our platter, we also ordered pollo con morcilla which was pieces of chicken cooked with black pudding in a rich port sauce. This was a very tasty tapas dish, the chicken was tender, black pudding was spicy, and the sauce was great for dipping with the crusty bread. I love the fact that black pudding is used as much by the Spanish as it is here.


With draught Estrella Damm, chilled vino blanco and delicious tapas, we could be forgiven for thinking that we were in our favourite Spanish bodega. However that thought was soon taken from us by the blaring noise from the two big screens showing the live football. With a Spanish themed seating area, and a regular restaurant area, then why serve up authentic and tasty tapas elsewhere?
Will this little indiscretion stop us going back? No way!! We need to go back and work our way through the huge tapas menu.

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2 comments:

Drew said...

Gerry thank you very much for your kind words, I strive to make sure all the tapas dishes are excellent in sourcing the majority of ingredients directly from Spain which includes the Black Pudding(Morcilla). Say hello next time you are in.
Drew Paterson

Gerry Haughian said...

You're welcome Drew. We will definitely be back. Interesting to hear that you try to source your tapas ingredients directly from Spain. Thought you'd like to know that the Serrano ham was one of the nicest I've tasted in a long time.