“ Pipers' Tryst / 30-34 McPhater Street / Glasgow / G4 0HW / Scotland. „
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at the Pipers' Tryst Restaurant. The staff were really friendly and the service was good. We opted for the pre theatre meal which was very reasonably priced, and very tasty. Unfortunately for us we had already booked our accomodation at another htoel, but having looked in at one of the rooms, i will be booking here next time. I
It is always a pleasure to visit Glasgow, as it is one of my favourite cities. I normally stay with friends when I visit. However the purpose of my last visit to Glasgow was to attend a dear friend's wedding, so a hotel was needed to be booked. We decided on the Piper's Tryst in the Glasgow City Centre. It is part of the National Piping Centre, which was extremely convenient for us as that was where the wedding reception was so all we had to do was stagger a few yards to get back to our hotel room after the reception finished.
The Piper's Tryst is a small cosy hotel. I 'm not sure if you can even describe it as a hotel as it has only eight rooms. It is more conference accommodation above the centre's restaurant. However it is a decent standard being three star accommodation. The eight rooms are made up of a mix of twin bedrooms, single and one double room.
It was easy enough to book the hotel. They have an online booking service and it can also be booked over the phone. However be warned as it is a small hotel there is limited space. Plus they might not take bookings if there is an event on. We were initially told that we could not have the Saturday night due to the wedding taking place. Luckily we got our room, as we were part o the wedding party.
The hotel is reasonably priced. I would say it is around about the same price as a nice B and B or Travel Inn. I think the price might vary depending on availability and demand. I am sure that when we booked the price for a double room was £50 and a single occupancy was £40 .The rates on the website are currently £65 for a double and £50 for a single.
Location/How to get there.
The Piper's Tryst has a fabulously convenient location in the Cowcddens area of Glasgow City centre. It is very handy for the Theatre Royal and the Scottish TV Studios being located opposite them. It is also pretty centrally located for all the shopping areas especially Sauchiehall Street and the Buchanan Galleries. The hotel was ideal for us as it was less than a five minute walk from Buchanan Street Coach Station. It is probably takes about quarter of an hour to walk from Queen Street Station and a bit longer than that from Glasgow Central. However Cowcaddens Underground station is a few hundred yards from the hotel. For those driving it is just off the motorway and there is a car park for guests.
As stated beforehand we arrived on foot. I had a very neutral first impression of the hotel from the outside. The hotel is housed in an ordinary looking plain Victorian building adjacent to the church that houses the Piping Centre. It did not overwhelm me nor did it make me think "what have I let myself in for. I was pleased it was not an ultra modern concrete and glass building but it did not have the personality of say a cosy little B and B or a big glamorous hotel.
The hotel is small and therefore there is no separate reception. You just check in at the bar in the restaurant/dining room. We found this disconcerting as we wondered whether we were in the right place or not. We also found that the way to the bedrooms were not as clearly marked as it could have been, as we had to ask which way they were when entering the resident's only area.
You do tend to get what you pay for. This is certainly true of the Piper's Tryst. We had a twin bedroom, as the double bedroom was only available on the Friday night. However this did not mar our stay, as it was easy enough to push the beds together as they were relatively close together. They were soft and comfortable. The room was a decent size and was nice and bright. The cleaners seemed to come in every day. There were the normal features such as hot drinks facilities, hair dryer and trouser press. There was a portable television but it only had the five basic channels. The en suite bathroom had a bath with overhead shower. There were quality toiletries included in the bathroom (the liquid soap smelled very nice) but they came in dispensers attached to the wall. I was a wee bit miffed that there were no little sachets and bottles to take home. I suppose it was more economical for them. I only had one criticism about the room. It had a very stiff door. It was quite difficult to open. I felt that was perhaps a health and safety issue, as I would not want to be trapped in my room if there was a fire. However on the whole I was satisfied with the standard of our room. We did not need a ton of facilities as we were only using it as a base to sleep and wash.
I would not recommend this hotel to someone with a physical disability. The staircases are quite narrow and winding. I cannot remember if there was a lift or not.
This is where the Piper's Tryst had the edge over a Travel Inn. The breakfast was included in the price of the room. The quality and the choice of food was really good. The Piper's Tryst is known for good quality Scottish sourced food. There was a choice of a continental style breakfast with cereal, toast and fruit or a hot breakfast. I was amazed at the number of combinations of hot breakfast syou could have there. It included smoked haddock and eggs, smoked salmon and eggs, traditional porridge, pancakes and bacon, a full Scottish breakfast or a vegetarian breakfast. A full Scottish breakfast differs from an English one as you get black pudding, haggis and potato scones and do not get baked beans. There was a selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as a jug of orange juice. The breakfast was filling and just what I needed before a wedding. We did not dine in the Piper's Tryst at lunchtime or in the evening but if the quality of the food is the same as the breakfast or the catered food at the wedding I would wholly recommend it as a great place to try proper Scottish food.
I feel the service was perhaps a bit mixed. I believe first impressions count and we did not have great first impressions. However over the course of our stay the staff were pretty helpful with most of our enquiries and even put our wedding gift into the wedding couple's room for us. They also stored our luggage after the midday checkout time, as our coach was not until three o clock.
If a friend's spare room was not available for a long weekend in Glasgow I would not hesitate to book a room in the Piper's Tryst again. The location was great; it was clean and comfortable and had a good breakfast. If you want basic accommodation but do not want to go to an anonymous chain hotel in Glasgow City Centre I would thoroughly recommend the Piper's Tryst.
The Piper's Tryst
30-34 McPhater Street,
0141 353 5551