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07 Jul, 2009

The Junction Bar

Posted by: Wen Ching In: United Kingdom|Western Food

After about an hour flight from London Stansted Airport, we arrived in Glasgow Prestwick, welcomed by a bright and sunny weather.

A photo of the Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft.

Prestwick Airport was rather quiet when we arrived. Without wasting time, we made our way to the bus station and took a bus to the Buchanan bus station.

We were greeted with warm welcomes from Christine and Chris when we arrived. Placed our luggage in their room and went out sightseeing in Glasgow. Our first stop was the Glasgow Cathedral, the photo was taken from the Cathedral Square.

This is the nave which marks the entrance of the cathedral. There was a person playing the organ when we arrived in the cathedral, love the sound of pipe organs, sounded very peaceful to me.

The Blacader’s Aisle is located in the lower church. It was said to occupy the site of cemetery consecrated at the beginning of the 5th century. We both agreed with what Christine and Chris told us earlier, it did felt kind of cold when visiting the lower church, creepy huh?

Nope, the spookiness has not end, our next stop was the Glasgow Necropolis. This Victorian cemetery adjacent to the Glasgow Cathedral is actually a garden and park open for public recreation.

The Glasgow City Chambers taken in George Square.

Finally, it’s time for dinner. We arrived at Junction Bar, a bar and restaurant recommended by Christine and Chris for good beers and food.

The bar was rather crowded when we arrived. The interior was warm and cozy, definitely a good place to warm you up during winter!

Chris said it’s a must to try the Guinness Stout in Glasgow, and we have to cover our upper lips with froth from the beer! The beer was nice and smooth, we’ve never thought that Guinness Stout would taste this good, and fun too!

Junction Bar offers 2 main meals at £7.99 from 3pm onwards everyday. The 8 options available are sausage and mash, fish and chips, haggis, neeps and tatties, chilli con carne, macaroni cheese, steak pie, vegetable lasagne and beef lasagne. Christine had a steak pie where chunks of prime steaks marinated with Belhaven beer were topped with puff pastry. The steak pie was served with peas and chips.

Chris had a chilli con carne where spicy beef chilli con carne was served with long grain rice, tortilla chips and sour cream.

The sausage and mash which ys and I ordered was quite delicious. Two local butcher’s jumbo pork and leek sausages were served on a mountain of mash and smothered with onion gravy. The sausage has a strong and heavy taste compared to sausages that we had back in Malaysia, we enjoyed every bite of it. The mashed potatoes were smooth and sweet when eaten with the onion gravy.

We heard about haggis from Christine during their stay in Cardiff. Without much hesitation we had this haggis, neeps and tatties. The Chieftain haggis was served with mashed potatoes, bashed neeps, oatcakes and homemade whisky sauce. Haggis is actually a Scottish dish consisting of a mixture of intestines of lambs boiled in the stomach of the lamb. Sounds a little intimidating at first but after we took the first bite, it tasted good, very unique in fact, tasted like minced meat heavily seasoned with hints of spices. We were quite surprise to find no traces of gamey taste. Looked it up in the dictionary and found that neeps is actually a type of Swedish turnip usually used as an accompaniment with haggis. Tasted rather similar to mashed pumpkins. We also didn’t realise that tatties are actually potatoes until we googled it out.

We had a scrumptious dinner and it was very pleasant and filling. Learned a lot from the trip too. A great thank you to Christine and Chris. For more information about the bar, do visit Christine’s blog.

Restaurant Information
14-16, West George Street,
Glasgow G2 1DA,
Scotland,
United Kingdom.
Tel: 01413536082

26 Responses to "The Junction Bar"

1 | ~Christine~Leng

July 7th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

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very good write-up! :) glad u both enjoyed glasgow! we miss u guys already!
sorry for the lack of time to visit and comment. We'll be taking off to europe next week. Will catch up with your posts a few weeks later. Hope I won't miss much! U guys update fast! So RAJIN! haha.. keep it up!

2 | Big Boys Oven

July 8th, 2009 at 1:19 am

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wow lovely just lovely, I miss being in Glasgow! I must return one fine day !:(

3 | Steven Goh

July 8th, 2009 at 1:28 am

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nice, I am glad to be at Glasgow by now.

4 | SimpleGirl

July 8th, 2009 at 2:37 am

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yea…i heard draft guiness stout is very smooth and good….btw i am not a beer drinker….haha…

5 | ed.inc

July 8th, 2009 at 3:30 am

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sugar bean,
u both always having such a delicious food.
till i didnt dare to visit ur blog d!
wakaka…..

6 | Selba

July 8th, 2009 at 4:04 am

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Seriously…. I really envy to be at your place!!! hehehe…

Wonderful pictures and so glad that you are sharing them with us :)

7 | Nic (KHKL)

July 8th, 2009 at 4:45 am

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lurve the picture of the chambers. the angle is really good!

8 | 左撇子

July 8th, 2009 at 6:39 am

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很羡慕你
可以吃到那么多美食
什么时候也带我去吃一餐呢?
嘻嘻……

9 | foodbin

July 8th, 2009 at 6:47 am

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good company and good food-like those sausages!

10 | ai wei

July 8th, 2009 at 7:05 am

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nice one! i would love eto try the haggies?! it is like ew… when i first saw the word intestine and stomach. but… love it try it too!

i wish i were there!!!

>__<

11 | squall

July 8th, 2009 at 8:09 am

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wow…i wan Guinness Stout…

12 | 佐瑟琳

July 8th, 2009 at 8:19 am

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我要吃!!!
请我~
哈哈~
^^

13 | tigerfish

July 8th, 2009 at 8:53 am

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Fun then food! A great way to start and end a day!

14 | Bangsar-bAbE

July 8th, 2009 at 9:26 am

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You're much more adventurous than I am. I couldn't bring myself to try haggis. Too geli for me! =P

15 | lingghezhi

July 8th, 2009 at 10:58 am

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hihi! dropping by :)

16 | Alexander

July 8th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

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Nice coverage of Glasgow. I think it is to travel by air than train is it? Correct me if I am wrong. Wise choice.

Alexander
Alex's World! – http://www.kakinan.com/alex

17 | nyonya pendek melaka

July 8th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

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a really nice, "well-travelled" blog you have.

18 | Sugar Bean

July 8th, 2009 at 3:50 pm

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~Christine~Leng, thanks for the trip, it was really fun! Have fun in your Europe trip! Must be really fun! Haha, I'm having holidays now, nothing much to do beside blogging, eating and sleeping. Haha! Missing you too! :)

Big Boys Oven, yeah, Glasgow is really a nice place to be at. We miss Glasgow too! No worries, I'm sure you'll have the chance to revisit!

Steven Goh, yeah, Glasgow is a very nice place to visit! :)

SimpleGirl, we like beer but it was our first time trying out Guinness Stout too. Didn't expect it to taste so smooth!

ed.inc, haha, thanks for the compliments! But don't let that deter you from visiting our blog! ^^

Selba, thank you! It's our pleasure to have readers like you enjoying what we post. UK is a nice place to visit. :)

Nic (KHKL), thanks a lot! The weather was good the other day so we can take our own sweet time to take the photo. 😉

左撇子,不用羡慕,马来西亚也有很多美食。一定有机会的!

foodbin, yeah, like you said, good company and good food, it was delightful dinner!

ai wei, haha, that was what we thought before we ate. But since we were there, we'd better have it before we regret. It was good afterall, a nice try! Wish you are here, much more fun! Always welcoming you! :)

squall, oh, you like Guinness Stout? No worries, I'm sure there are good ones in KL!

佐瑟琳,哈哈,我们也需要人请啊!哈哈!

tigerfish,yup, fun then food, then fun again, hehe! A nice way to end our day and a nice start to our trip too!

Bangsar-bAbE, at first we hesitated too. But since it was recommended by Christine, and it's a Scottish dish, might regret if we don't try it. It was really good, safe one! :)

lingghezhi, thanks for dropping by! ^^

Alexander, we enjoy travelling by air, train is fine too. But travelling by air and train are definitely better than bus. Haha! Yeah, fortunately there are cheap air tickets available. :)

nyonya pendek melaka, thank you for the compliments!

19 | nyonya pendek melaka

July 8th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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btw, i agree with you, haggis is actually very nice. just don't think abt what it comprise of! 😀

20 | mimid3vils

July 9th, 2009 at 6:19 am

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How to eat the haggis? Totally a new food for me ler…

21 | thenomadGourmand

July 9th, 2009 at 8:44 am

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haggis, neeps and tatties??
I definitely wan to try tht!
That muz be REAL scottish food hor? cos the pubs (english pubs)here in KL dun serve this..

22 | email2me

July 9th, 2009 at 10:14 am

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The cemetary look much cooler than what we have here …. lol

Malaysian one no one will go and walk for fun

23 | Phooi Fun

July 9th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

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yer….. nice trip!!! jealous jealous!!!!!!!

24 | 550ml jar of faith

July 10th, 2009 at 5:03 am

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Gahhh, Haggis! I can only be so brave! SALUTE! Love the look of the pub… can definitely imagine spending whole wintry afternoons huddling in here, all cosy and liquified! :-)

25 | Sugar Bean

July 12th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

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nyonya pendek melaka, you tried haggis before too? Hehe, seems like you like to try out different things too! :)

mimid3vils, it was new to us too. We're not too sure but would pour the whisky sauce on the haggis.

thenomadGourmand, yeah, haggis is worth a try! Haggis is a Scottish food, not too sure but don't think they have it in Welsh restaurants too. I assumed it might be quite hard to find in KL. Hope they'll have it though! :)

email2me, yeah, it's quite hard to imagine cemetery in Malaysia being used as parks. Different cultures we supposed.

Phooi Fun, don't have to jealous! Just come to the UK and we'll travel together! =)

550ml jar of faith, haha, no no, it's not too hard to eat. In fact, haggis is delicious, you can try it out too! Yeah, you're so right! The pub can be a good place to warm one up during the winter!

26 | Generic Viagra

August 20th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

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We'll be visited this blog next week. Will catch up with your posts a few weeks later. Hope I won't miss. I really like your job.

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