The Alston Bar and Beef is located at the Gordon Street exit to Glasgow Central Station. There is a coffee shop next door which appears separate but is actually the entrance to use if you want the lift down to the basement. The stairs are open metal and difficult for someone with walking sticks.

The Alston is apparently famous for its assortment of gin but they don’t do Bombay Sapphire or Gordon’s. The ones they do would probably meet most needs and it is an opportunity to try something different if you are a creature of habit.

I had been looking forward to a T-bone steak since watching Gino D’Acampo cook Bistecca alla Fiorentina on STV the night before. The Alston version was cooked to perfection – I like mine medium rare – and was served with mash and a holandaise sauce. The rest of us had various burgers and steaks from the set menu. The set menu offers two courses for £14 so is a bargain if you aren’t lusting after a special cut.

We were too full after our mains for any desserts so just went straight to the coffee and tea stage. The teapot was so lovely I wanted to take it home, but didn’t.


A neat touch is the departures screen for trains in the station so you could drink up and leave in time for your train when it is called.