Scoot - The Bank, Muirend
Escape the Christmas mayhem in the city centre to this warm little pub just out of town.
You're probably not going to walk to the Bank in midwinter, and I doubt you'll be walking there even in the summer or the spring - although, it's a nice wee jaunt on the bus or the train. Escape the Christmas mayhem in the city centre to this warm little pub just out of town.
Grab one of the Paisley line trains from central station and jump off at Muirend. Once you reach the station head up the stairs and take a quick left, heading toward the main road. Passing Somerfield, take a left on the main road. As you walk down you'll notice a rather unusual block of apartments on your left, which up until a few years ago used to be the Muirend Cinema house, a borderline art deco joint, similar to the Grovesner in Ashton Lane. Across the street and on the corner is The Bank, named after its former occupation. The interior is split over a number of levels, including a large mezzanine. This is a remnant of the intended grandeur that was once afforded to buildings designated to hold money, whilst the split levels were designed to send out impressive, and perhaps trusting feelings. Now it splits the premises up effectively into dining and bar areas, while maintaining a traditional pub feel throughout. The food is hearty pub fayre and between us we enjoyed breaded mushrooms, goats' cheese, ribs and a streak pie. We were, however, defeated by the steak pie, it's compact structure hiding a large amount of warm, meaty goodness inside.
To get back into the city centre, grab pretty much any bus heading North and you'll find yourself back in town in no time.