Alston Bar & Beef

4.5
1230 reviews
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A unique steakhouse & gin bar set in the iconic central station serving only the best quality beef & boasting the largest selection of Gin in Glasgow.
Alston Bar & Beef, named after the long forgotten main street of Grahamston village, is located underneath the Gordon Street entrance of Glasgow Central Station. Follow the stairs down to Alston’s underground arches to a bar with Glasgow’s widest range of gin, each uniquely garnished & served to perfection.
Glaswegians are spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat & Alston aims to raise the bar for meat lovers even further by serving the best steak the city has to offer. Choose from a selection of 35 day dry-aged steaks, including the Chateaubriand to share or Glasgow’s favourite, the fillet. All our Scotch beef is carefully chosen from accredited farms each renowned for producing quality beef, full of flavour & tenderness.

Special Offers

Sunday Roast menu: 2 courses £20 or three £23

From a Sunday set roast menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 April 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-18:00

Two steaks, two sides and two sauces for £45

Steak and Sides Tuesday: Two Ribeye or Sirloin's with two sides and 2 sauces for £45 per couple.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 18 April 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Tue 12:00-22:00

Monday: £5 corkage

£5 corkage on Mondays.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 18 April 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon 12:00-22:00

2 courses £15 or 3 courses £18

From a set menu. Also 1 course for £12.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 January 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-18:30
Fri 12:00-18:00
Sat 12:00-16:00

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent steak.. food service and surroundings all excellent!!

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ML
Glasgow
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely lunch, although we did have a bit of a wait for our first course even though the place was quiet! Didn’t mind though. Staff were very nice and apologised for delay. A lovely young man brought us some delicious honeycomb when we asked if there was a wee sweet thing to go with our coffee! Didn’t need to do that. Would not hesitate to recommend Alston Bar and Beef. We shall be back.

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c
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic value for 3 courses set menu. The rump steak was so lovely with little fat, beautiful. The service was perfect, will definitely be back.

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GM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place ...great value especially the 3 courses for £18.....steak ( additional £3) was delicious.
Lovely barmaid ...so attentive and interesting to talk to.
Never disappointed.

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S
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little gin & steak bar under Central Station. A hidden gem.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food had to be returned , not hot enough, Too expensive for that . Also we could not get booking for earlier than 2030 and there were lots of empty tables ?
Hutchinson’s previous week was far superior, customer service was bland .

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CD
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal. One of these "hidden gems" that I always recommend to friends. Brilliant atmosphere, drinks and steak and sides to die for!

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TK
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The 250 rump steak (medium cooked) was perfect. Probably the best quality steak I can remember. The 3 course set meal was fantastic value. Will be back again.

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LN
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved our gin cocktails and Chateaubriand - cooked to perfection and amazing sauces. Would probably recommend they included some vegetables as part of the main course. I was quite surprised that nothing was included other than the beef! Will be back!

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CL
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It wasn't busy for a Thursday night at 7pm. Once seated, took ages to take our drink and food order. The couple next to us got their drink order first and we were seated before them. We were sitting ready to order. When served we ordered food and drink at the same time as waited so long. Asked for a pink gin and got it in a small glass! It's a gin bar I expect a gin glass. Our food took ages to come and once it did it was really disappointing. My steak wasn't cooked the way I asked and the size of the rump was terrible. I didn't send it back as we had waited so long and it was so burnt on the outside but still bloody on the inside I don't think I would have had a steak left if cooked again. My husband's fillet wasn't great either. The taste of the two steaks wasn't the best. Especially in a steak house you expect more but was really poor. When I did ask for another pink gin I asked for it in a gin glass so not to be disappointed again. If you ordered a glass of wine you wouldnt get in in any other glass other than a wine glass. Once finished our main it took them ages for them to take our plates away. A couple that was served their main a good bit after us got their plates took away first after we had been sitting for ages. Never had a dessert as was feed up waiting and wanted out. The attention to detail to your customer service is important but not just that the food was disappointing too. Will not be back in the future. I hate to think what it would be like on a busy night.

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MK
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice staff and atmosphere. My daughter was in a wheelchair and the staff made sure we had an easy access table. The slight downside was that someone had left a chair at the exit to the lift so when we came down from the Gordon Street coffee shop it was a bit difficult to get the lift door fully open and for her to get out. Just a small point of someone not thinking.

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MT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

All over experience was good the only complaint was there wasn’t enough choice on the lunch menu. What we did have was very good and the staff were very attentive

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KF
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First visit but we will certainly be back. Excellent Chateaubriand and generous portion size re sides. Good selection of drinks and wines. Very attentive staff and a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Thanks for a lovely meal and would certainly recommend!

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NM
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was lovely,I love the perfect serve gins too. The food took almost 30minutes to come out after ordering which was annoying but we weren't in a rush.

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NH
Ayrshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for a Sunday roast and I was not disappointed! Absolutely beautiful and beef cooked to preference.
Great wine, fantastic atmosphere and building - will definitely be back!

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LH
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to the staff at Alston. Food and service perfect as usual. I can highly recommend the Chateaubriand.

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KM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were amazing. First time going and I will defiantly be back. The layout of the restaurant was lovely too.

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JS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly young waiter and lovely welcome at door - girl remembered us

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M
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service as always - was well looked after and the Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary was very appreciated

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MB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and would highly recommended. Food is sublime and such an amazing environment.

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DA
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality food, reasonably priced. Good service and lovely location.

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GL
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's was a great night, food excellent, cocktails were delish servers were on point too

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. Medium rare arrived well-done. Warm dessert arrived as cold dessert. Deducted from bill.
Service was very good. I would return, but steakhouses need to be able to cook a steak right.

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RM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant is under the arches at Glasgow Central station. It is a hidden gem. My daughter and I had a fillet steak for our main which was the best steak I have eaten yet. Our dessert followed suit! It was a chocolate orange brownie with ice cream. The candied peel on top gave it an added twist. Loved the service too. Polite and friendly staff. Would recommend it and can’t wait to return.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Went for a nice dinner and hoping it would be relaxing.It was far too loud and had more of a club atmosphere.

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JM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service and good. Bit noisy and warm but didn’t ruin a good night.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit and will definitely be back 😊
Food was excellent, thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Reservation was for 8:15 and was seated at 8:30. The restaurant is divided with restaurant on one side and bar on opposite. The restaurant side had 12 - 15 tables with 1 server. After initial drink and entree order, never saw her again till she brought the check.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and ambience, staff very helpful and friendly.

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CF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Couldn't fault the food on the lunchtime menu, it was delicious. It was a pity that one of our party of 7 received his starter when everyone else had finished theirs. This was rectified by taking it off the bill but there was no explanation for it. A side of portobello mushrooms also didn't arrive until half way through the mains. Given we were in early for lunch and it wasn't busy, we were disappointed with this service.
The waitress was lovely and the fault appeared to come from the kitchen.

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GS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great food, great service, simple menu and friendly staff

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NR
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really really nice meal, lovely venue and the waiter that was serving us couldn’t have been any better!

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JG
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food excellent. Drinks slightly expensive, but overall good value Sunday lunch

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GB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place and very nice food, my friend had it recommended to her for the steak and she didn’t stop raving about it all night and can’t wait to go back! I thought very reasonable fir two course and two drinks if u include one was steak meal. Staff where lovely and couldn’t have helped more as always available if needed. My only slight tiny thing was I felt music in background was quite loud and found having conversation not the best but took nothing away from night and will certainly be going back in future

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P
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere ,attentive staff in the bar and restaurant. Food was lovely especially vegetarian option Toilets clean

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S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 2

We were celebrating our birthdays on a Friday afternoon. When we walked in it seemed to be buzzy with a few tables filled but as we sat down the restaurant emptied. So it was really, rather quiet. Shame really as I have heard that the restaurant is always busy and great atmosphere.

The a la carte menu is very pricey. I had the sirloin steak and it did not disappoint. Cooked to perfection and the double-cooked chips were perfect. The only downside was the sauce for the steak was rather thick but other than that, it was a great meal, just a pity that there was no atmosphere....just my friend and I.

I will definitely go back - but in the evening and will actually try their pre-theatre menu - heard it is really good value for money. They do other offers as well.

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Unusual and lovely location
A hidden gem underneath the station
Fantastic friendly staff
Brilliant waitress who had just got her history result at uni that day
Great food - tastes and textures
And amazing value on the pre- theatre
Thanks!

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DC
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I like Alston, and have been on many occasions and will return. Probably not for the Sunday lunch though if I’m honest. Tiny portion of roast beef, vegetables lovely and well cooked, but let’s be honest, the reason we go anywhere for Sunday lunch is the roast meat.

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LG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had delicious cocktails then one of the tastiest steaks we’ve had in a while - would recommend rib-eye bone in - will definitely be back

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j
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been about 4 or 5 times over few years and always had the best steak. Usually fillet. Last time we shared chateaubriand and it was cooked to perfection.

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