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Sugar Boat, Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire

Sugar Boat

4.5
4.5
207 Reviews
£25 and under
Bistro

Welcome to Sugar Boat - a relaxed & informal neighbourhood bistro in the heart of the town on Colquhoun Square, a stones throw from the sea front. We are open daily from 10am (11am on Sunday's) through until late. We serve everything from a simple breakfast menu with cracking bacon sarnies or avocado & egg on toast, a fixed price lunch menu at £13.50/£16.50 for 2 or 3 courses & an a la carte menu available at both lunch & dinner. Cakes and scones & savoury snacks are available all day. We have a Wine Shop for off sales from our extensive list of over 75 wines - everything from £8.50 per bottle upwards. Enjoy a tip top cocktail from our bar made with premium sprits & our home made purees, cordials and juices or enjoy a pint of a locally brewed beer or a bottle of Scottish craft ale from around the country. Choose to sit on the square (there are heaters and awnings for when the wind blows & the rain falls....and it does or in our rear courtyard (again partially covered & heated).

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Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 09:00–00:00
    Sun 10:00–00:00

  • Phone number

    01436 647522

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Oliver Nodwell

  • Area

    Helensburgh

  • Cross Street

    Colquhoun Street

  • Parking Details

    A large car park is adjacent to the restaurant accessed via an archway from Sinclair Street & offers free parking for 2 hours. Free parking on local shopping streets for an hour or a couple of streets up the hill with no time limit. There is free parking too on the pier (5 minute walk).

  • Public Transit

    Trains run direct to Helensburgh Central from Glasgow; Edinburgh (2 min walk). Trains run direct from London Euston to Helensburgh Upper (10 min walk). Local bus services drop you in the square from neighboring villages & towns to Central Glasgow. The Waverley Paddle Steamer regularly stops at the pier in Helensburgh between Easter & October.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Starters

  • Tomato Salad£6.50

    wild garlic, lovage, fried bread

    • Crisp Ox Tongue£6.50

      pickled mushrooms, green sauce

      • Charred Wye Valley Asparagus£9.50

        black pepper mayo, hazelnuts, parmesan

        • Courgette Salad£7.00

          home made ricotta, pomegranate, ed's bees glasgow honey

          • Mackerel£8.50

            cucumber, lemon

            Mains

            a donation of £0.50 is made to Helensburgh RNLI for every sale of this dish

            • Potato Gnocchi£11.50

              rainbow chard, wild garlic pesto, pecorino

              • Roast pork loin£13.50

                peas & broad beans, baby gem

                • Pan-fried Cod£16.00

                  young courgettes, cockles, sea vegetables, capers

                  • Grilled Bavette Steak£17.50

                    mushrooms, ox shin and beef dripping boulangère potato

                    • Sugar Boat Bouillabaisse - Mullet£18.50

                      bass, cod, fennel, potato, leek

                      Sides

                      • Hand Cut Triple Cooked Chips£3.00

                        • Broccoli & Kale Salad£3.00

                          • Grilled Hispi Cabbage, Sobrasada Butter£3.00

                            • Jersey Royal Potatoes, Seaweed Butter£3.00

                              • Bread & Butter

                                • per board£3.50

                              Desserts

                              • Ecclefechan Tart£6.50

                                clotted cream

                                • Cold Chocolate Mousse£6.50

                                  passion fruit & praline

                                  • Almond Clafoutis£6.50

                                    salted caramel ice cream

                                    • Gariguette Strawberries£6.50

                                      vanilla cream, mint

                                      • Selection of George Mewes

                                        cheeses, highland oaties

                                        • For 3pcs£7.50
                                        • For 5pcs£12.00

                                      Last updated: 1 February 2022

                                      What 207 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.5
                                      4.5 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4.5Food
                                      • 4.4Service
                                      • 4.4Ambience
                                      • 4.3Value

                                      NoiseModerate

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                                      1. a

                                        andrewc

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                        overall5food4service5ambience4

                                        Took a table on a Sunday afternoon for a family birthday celebration with three generations and four young families of under four-year olds. The service was excellent, waiters very good-humoured and knowledgable about the regular menu and the specials. I'm afraid we were the source of most of the moderate noise level, but the restaurant, though busy, is well laid out so I didn't have to worry we were disrupting others' dining experience. This is an excellent venue and I'd recommend it unhesitatingly to anyone looking for relaxed (but really good quality) dining.

                                      2. CS

                                        ClareS

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        Lovely food, prices not extortionate for the quality. Great service and atmosphere. Only complaint was that our table was so close to the two adjoining tables that we felt as if we were eating with the diners sitting at them! Overall a very enjoyable evening.

                                      3. RH

                                        RichardH

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        overall3food3service3ambience4

                                        Have had a fantastic weekend brunch here previously. Went mid-week for lunch, and opted for fish and chips. Chips were good, fish tasty, but batter was overdone, too crispy and overpowered the fish. Both of us had the same thoughts. The bistro section was pretty busy and they might need one or two more servers as it took a long time to catch anyone's eye. Can highly recommend their weekend brunch experience, but will have to think about giving other times a second chance.

                                      4. RB

                                        RichardB

                                        London

                                        4 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on 4 May 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        Really enjoyed pur meal here last night. Very good food, friendly and efficient service and great venue. Highly recommended if you are put in Helensburgh

                                      5. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Glasgow

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 4 May 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Arrived early but they were able to seat us and we asked for a different table which they accommodated. Food was lovely as always

                                      6. JP

                                        JonP

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 4 May 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Super lunch, lovely service, probably my 3rd or 4th visit. Highly recommended.

                                      7. S

                                        Saskia2014

                                        Glasgow

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on 1 May 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent as always. I had brunch fave of avocado and poached eggs but decided to have the broccoli and Stilton soup first great choice. Hubby had chicken liver pate followed by Scottish salmon. 2 very happy customers 😊❤️

                                      8. SK

                                        SamuelK

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 1 May 2022

                                        overall4food3service3ambience3

                                        My wife and I have visited Sugar Boat several times the last twice for their wonderful Roast Beef lunch they have on a Sunday so we looked forward to our visit last Sunday Although we enjoyed our Roast Beef lunch it was not as good as the last twice we have been their

                                      9. B

                                        Bsting

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 30 April 2022

                                        overall3food5service3ambience3

                                        Very noisy, kegs being rolled about too. It was a busy Saturday so service was poorer, asked several times for spoons for yoghurt. We had a table booked and we were at first ignore at the door. Lovely food, just an unfortunate busy Saturday!

                                      10. S

                                        Sophia

                                        London

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 29 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I love this place. The menu is really quite fancy and it is technically very well executed, but never fussy or overpriced. The service likewise is unpretentious and friendly.

                                      11. AH

                                        AlistairH

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 27 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great all round experience and would thoroughly recommend

                                      12. c

                                        celine

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 26 April 2022

                                        overall4food3service5ambience3

                                        Good but more seafood will be great . The waitress was Kind

                                      13. RC

                                        RobertC

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 24 April 2022

                                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                                        Good welcome in, attentive service then absolutely lovely meal. Slight down points limited vegetarian option and proximity/location of storeroom necessitating staff to be back and forward. Otherwise absolutely great night.

                                      14. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        London

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 19 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        The staff were very good - both the hostess and the waiter were super! The food was delicious! Access was easy for my Mum in her wheelchair. The music was a bit loud when we first sat down and it was turned down when we asked. Overall a super experience.

                                      15. SQ

                                        SuziQ

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 16 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food, service and ambience great. Staff are very accommodating and friendly. Had a lovely evening celebrating our anniversary. Not sure about being dog friendly as animals around food areas don’t rest well with me especially when the dog wanders through the restaurant to our table. Also I am allergic to animal hair so have to take medication in those environments. Unfortunately I wasn’t prepared. I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

                                      16. KC

                                        KevinC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 16 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great service great food and friendly attentive staff. A great way to spend a quiet Saturday morning.

                                      17. GB

                                        GillyB

                                        Glasgow

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 15 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Fantastic eatery. To be highly recommended. If you haven’t been to Sugar Boat it’s “a must”! Will and his team are highly professional and the chefs produce the most amazing food.

                                      18. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Liverpool

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 15 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        Staff were super kind and accommodating. The food was really good too!

                                      19. GQ

                                        GemmaQ

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 15 April 2022

                                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                                        Went for lunch. Lovely menu, nice atmosphere. Would recommend

                                      20. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Glasgow

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 11 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        We had an excellent meal

                                      21. J

                                        Julie50

                                        Aberdeen

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 10 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent food & outstanding customer service from Ursula.

                                      22. d

                                        dc64

                                        Argyll

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 10 April 2022

                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                        Anniversary

                                      23. JD

                                        JohnD

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 10 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Staff friendly and very attentive. Food and service great. We had a lovely Sunday lunch. Looking forward to going back again.

                                      24. S

                                        Saskia2014

                                        Glasgow

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on 10 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent as always ❤️😊. My husband had the pork loin special and really enjoyed it.

                                      25. HS

                                        HeatherS

                                        Glasgow

                                        2 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 10 April 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Thank you Sugar Boat for introducing a Sunday Brunch to your offer and having Kedgeree on the menu - really enjoyed it. Avocado with poached egg on sourdough toast got a thumbs up too.

                                      26. IH

                                        IreneH

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 9 April 2022

                                        overall5food3service5ambience5

                                        Staff superb but food for first time a disappointment. Scallops starter excellent but meatballs very small portion and not great. Salmon itself good but served on a bed of 1000 watery peas and not good presentation or to eat. Crumble very good but caramel tart tasteless. Coffees very good. Left disappointed with what is normally an excellent experience

                                      27. PD

                                        PaulD

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 6 April 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                        Great food with happy friendly staff and a nice quiet atmosphere (Wed Lunch).

                                      28. MA

                                        MarionA

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 2 April 2022

                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                        1st time for us and we really enjoyed it, my meal was really enjoyable and very tasty but lacked maybe some nice salad garnish

                                      29. SE

                                        SimonE

                                        Glasgow

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 1 April 2022

                                        overall4food5service4ambience4

                                        Eaten at the Sugar Boat a number of times. Last visit we felt the food and menu off the boil. Good then to have a return to form with good menu choices. A great place for a relaxed Friday dinner.

                                      30. IH

                                        IreneH

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 1 April 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Superb service. Food well presented and most enjoyable. Highly recommend

                                      31. LE

                                        LauraE

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 1 April 2022

                                        overall3food3service5ambience5

                                        No-one asked how I wanted my steak and it came very rare. I did try to eat it but couldn’t stomach the raw texture (appreciate others can). I asked for it to be a little more like medium rare and it was taken away. Unfortunately, the chef decided to rinse the sauce off my steak and cook it further rather than making it fresh so it end up up very tough. However, owner did speak to me to ask how I found the replacement and when I explained he removed it from our bill. So I am happy I did not have to pay for what I couldn’t eat but disappointed that I was not given a fresh cooked steak. My husband enjoyed his fish and chips very much - the chips were fab! Finally the chocolate mousse was lovely but not like any kind of mousse I’ve ever had! Was expecting a light but rich soft mousse….. not a solid heavy chocolate ganache.

                                      32. s

                                        stephenb

                                        London

                                        9 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        9 reviews

                                        Dined on 30 March 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Excellent experience sat in front of open kitchen enjoyed that. Service attentive and friendly. Food very good gnocchi with an excellent ox shin Ragu would have preferred it with pasta. Sweets excellent and good wine list. Wine shop open to enable you to buy wine of your choice at a 15 pound corkage. Owner very personable. Will be back

                                      33. JM

                                        JackM

                                        Portland

                                        2 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on 30 March 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                        The staff were very attentive and friendly. The food was excellent as was the wine. Excellent evening.

                                      34. AG

                                        AnneG

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 28 March 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        I had the steak and chips and wine on a limited special offer on Mondays. Also two delicious cocktails . Strawberry Margarita and an espresso one. £35 including a decent tip. First class!

                                      35. j

                                        johnl

                                        Edinburgh

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 27 March 2022

                                        overall1food1service1ambience3

                                        Service was appalling slow booked table for 5.30 food did not arrive till 7 pm , by which time one of our group left annoyed Other than waitress who tried to help others not interested being told by one , you only ordered an hour ago ! As an example of food I ordered Cullen skink which arrived with virtually no fish , a very disappointing evening

                                      36. PM

                                        PeterM

                                        Dunbartonshire

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 27 March 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Excellent. 6 different dishes for our table, all of which appealing to the eye. Everyone very satisfied. For me the best resteraunt in Helensburgh now by a distance.

                                      37. A

                                        Aalocal

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 27 March 2022

                                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                                        Request to have items on the side as opposed to on were missed by the kitchen. An offer to remake was given however we already had a long wait of 30-45 mins so didn’t want to wait longer . Requested new plates, this was missed by the waiting staff. My son only ate half because of the above.

                                      38. SW

                                        SusanW

                                        Glasgow

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 20 March 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        Quiet Sunday night meal. Lovely waitress - polite and attentive. The menu is not huge but offers an array of choice. Haunch of lamb was delicious - although did initially think that the dish was going to be venison. Fortunately our waitress queried this with the kitchen. There was no disappointment as the lamb was cooked perfectly! Nice selection of wines and finished off with good coffees. Would hope to return on next visit to Helensburgh.

                                      39. K

                                        Katie

                                        Glasgow

                                        5 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on 20 March 2022

                                        overall4food4service3ambience4

                                        A busy Sunday lunch service in one of my favourite restaurants. Lovely waitress, personable and cheerful. Food was delicious although could have been a little warmer .

                                      40. IG

                                        IainG

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on 19 March 2022

                                        overall1food2service2ambience1

                                        Items on the menu outside the door had been replaced by an alternative, which when ordered was not available. Choosing something else from the menu we were advised some 30 minutes later that they had just run out and all members of the party resorted to ordering the burgers, which in fairness were pretty good. Similarly having ordered a house white wine, which came in a carafe we were informed that this had run out and suggested we ordered a bottle at additional expense. Regards the table, we had booked a table in the restaurant in advance using the online booking facility and were somewhat disappointed to be placed in a booth at the front of the establishment opposite the door and next to the pot wash hatch, which made for a rather chilly and noisy night out. In all not the most enjoyable evening out.

                                      Safety precautions

                                      • Cleaning & sanitising

                                        • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                        • Contactless payment available
                                      • Protective equipment

                                        • Waiting staff wear masks
                                      • Screening

                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                        • Contact tracing information collected

                                      FAQs

                                      Sugar Boat is rated 4.5 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                      Booked 7 times today
                                      Google Map for Sugar Boat

                                      30 Colquhoun Square Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire G84 8AQ

                                      Dining areas

                                      Additional information

                                      • Cross Street

                                        Colquhoun Street

                                      • Area

                                        Helensburgh

                                      • Hours of Operation

                                        Mon–Sat 09:00–00:00
                                        Sun 10:00–00:00

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Bistro

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Elegant

                                      • Dress Code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking Details

                                        A large car park is adjacent to the restaurant accessed via an archway from Sinclair Street & offers free parking for 2 hours. Free parking on local shopping streets for an hour or a couple of streets up the hill with no time limit. There is free parking too on the pier (5 minute walk).

                                      • Public Transit

                                        Trains run direct to Helensburgh Central from Glasgow; Edinburgh (2 min walk). Trains run direct from London Euston to Helensburgh Upper (10 min walk). Local bus services drop you in the square from neighboring villages & towns to Central Glasgow. The Waverley Paddle Steamer regularly stops at the pier in Helensburgh between Easter & October.

                                      • Payment Options

                                        AMEX, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Executive Chef

                                        Oliver Nodwell

                                      • Additional

                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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