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La Vita, 161 Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 3BJ

My sister and I meet up for lunch every 5-6 weeks. We usually go somewhere mutually inconvenient! Last month wela vita out chose to go to  La Vita, 161 Queen Street, Glasgow, Scotland. This restaurant is situated in central Glasgow, on the corner of George Square, very close to the Queen Street Train Station. As it is on a corner of the street, it has an interesting view to the downstairs dining area. The stairs, however, are rather steep. The tables are also very close together. I would not recommend this restaurant to those who are disabled or with mobility issues. I was also slightly surprised that none of the staff I encountered were Scottish or Italian: for an Italian restaurant in Scotland, I thought that was unusual.

Our table was booked for 1pm. My sister arrived a few minutes early: I was a few minutes late. During this interval the waitress was keen to unite my sister with a complete stranger, who was also waiting for a friend, at pizzaanother table – twice. My sister was incensed by the time I arrived, not with me, but with the unwanted introduction the waitress seemed intent on making for her.

We ordered our meals. We each chose a margarita pizza with a side salad to share. At this time the waitress took it upon herself to berate me for my late arrival. I was bemused but I thought my sister was going to explode. She had, in fact only been waiting about 5 minutes. In any event, it was hardly for the waitress to take this up for vita inside

La Vita has separate menus for food and drinks. There are also chilrdens’ meals available. The menus are varied, but the lunchtime selection for vegetarians is not wide.

Our drinks arrived. They were chilled and nicely served. The pizzas did take a little time to arrive. That is not unusual for freshly prepared food and gave us time to chat. The salad, arrived first. It was quite large and served with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It was delicious and complemented the pizza perfectly. The pizzas were also large. The tomato base was tangy and tasty as was the cheese used. Both my sister and I enjoyed our meals very much. It was unfortunate that the service was so intrusive. As a result of that service, I am unlikely to use this restaurant again. If you and your companions arrive at the same time, you may enjoy a meal at La Vita.

Valerie Penny


Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Main Road, Luss, Dunbartonshire, G83 8NY, Scotland

My mother came to visit us from Edinburgh, Scotland. She is disabled by mobility issues and cannot get about so well but still enjoys traveling and visiting new places and familiar places she is unable to visit on her own now. After chatting, she mentioned that she liked the village of Luss, so we decided to take our time and go up to the Loch Lomond Arms loch lomondHotel, Main Road, Luss, Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Luss is on the west bank of Loch Lomond. It is a pretty conservation village of Luss is situated almost 10 miles south of Tarbert within the Loch Lomond National Park.

This beautiful Loch Lomond hotel remains true to its tradition as an 18th century village inn but with the comfort and facilities of a modern hotel. The hotel has 14 individually designed bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, as well as a weddings and events suite. The newly refurbished Loch Lomond Arms Hotel has one of the best locations of hotels in the Loch Lomond area in the heart of beautiful, historic Luss.

loch lomond armsThe short walk from the car park and entrance to the hotel is on the level. That made it an easy walk for my mother. Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is owned, and now operated, by Luss Estates, the hotel looks forward to establishing itself as one of the friendliest and most affordable hotels on Loch Lomond.

This hotel has a rich and varied history as a hostelry and hotel, welcoming locals and visitors alike for at least two centuries. Indeed, William Wordsworth and his sister

Dorothy are reputed to have stayed during their tour of Scotland in 1803. Naturally, times have, of course, changed. Today the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel has reopened following a significant £4 million refurbishment which will ensure its position at the heart of the community, situated near the banks of Loch Lomond itself. During the recent refurbishment, the mid twentieth-century extension to the rear of the property and the historic main wing of the building have been upgraded throughout with those 14 stylish and room at loch lomondcomfortable new bedrooms, a new restaurant and bar area, and a smart new reception area.

The staff are friendly and helpful and we had lunch in the traditional village pub and restaurant, offering fine Scottish hospitality and fresh, seasonal food. We sat in the bar as the access was easy for my Mum. It is very

much at the heart of the village, a place where locals can catch up on the day’s news and relax. With its warming log fires, rustic furniture  and traditional décor, the bar restaurant is a welcome haven for travelers stopping off on a long journey or hotel guests enjoying special west coast hospitality. The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is just 24 miles from Glasgow and easily accessible from all over the central belt of Scotland. It is the ideal place to relax all the way from breakfast through to dinner.





We had a delicious lunch. Mum and I shared the appetizer of olives and breads. The breads were varied and fresh: delicious. My husband was tempted by the traditional Scottish fish soup, cullin skink. He thoroughly enjoyed it. For our main course we all chose different things. My husband had scampi, my mother chose belly of pork and I chose a vegetarian wellington dish with salad and a side order of hand made fries. The meals were as tasty as they were varied and we were made to feel like welcome guests throughout our visit. We finished the meal with fresh coffee as none of us had any room for pudding. It was a lovely visit and we all plan to go back the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel soon. I highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny


Room, 48-52 Gallowgate Square, Largs, Scotland

My husband and I recently went to dinner with his brother ad sister-in-law to Room in Largs.  Largs is a traditional largs-450holiday resort on the west coast of Scotland.  it is located on the River Clyde, and has everything you would expect from a Scottish seaside resort. It has a Victorian promenade and Nardini’s, one of the best known ice cream parlours in the area. Largs is a good base for exploring the many west coast islands including Cumbrae, which is just a mile offshore reached by  the regular ferry service to the islands. The town has a railway station, several restaurants, including Room.  at:

I had never been to the restaurant before and was pleased by the warm friendly, reception we received from the staff.  Access is easy for those with mobility problems. room_outsideThe atmosphere was fun and the was a wide variety of people there. Family groups with young children finishing an early meal, groups of younger people, mostly around the bar area while other older parties gathered at tables for dinner in the restaurant area. We were shown to a comfortable table where the four of us ordered a pre-dinner drink while we chose our meals from an extensive and varied menu. I was surprised by the wide choice available on the menu, even to me, as a vegetarian. Room is a stylish venue in the heart of Largs that offers a great selection of Italian, Mexican and Asian cuisine as well as the usual pub favourites there is also a huge range of cocktails so it is nice just to relax in the bar.

Room is a family friendly bar & restaurant, specialising in quality, home cooked food made with ingredients sourced locally. It has a unique atmosphere, good service and great food , best tapas in the South-West of  Scotland, outside Glasgow.

The quality of the food in the whole is very good. I noticed that there is a budget dinner option with two courses for £11.95, and at lunch time there is an even cheaper option menu with 3 course for £7.95. The variety in the cheaper lunch menu is not be as extensive, but I understand portions are not skimped on and neither is the quality of the roommapfood and so these are worth every penny. The service was fast, friendly and efficient even when the restaurant was busy. Drinks wise its a pretty standard choice of beers and spirits but you could try a cocktail for a change. The drinks were more expensive than other pubs in the vicinity, but the value of the meal definitely offset this. We did feel we got good value for money at Room. We enjoyed our meal and our evening. We will certainly go back and recommend Room, however, I suggest you book a table in advance to avoid disappointment. Another restaurant in Largs, Henry at The Brisbane Hotel, is reviewed on this site:

Valerie Penny

Elia Greek Restaurant 24 George Square Glasgow, G2 1EG, Scotland

My sister and I agreed to meet up in Glasgow, Scotland for lunch, completely forgetting that it was the first Saturday of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. As soon as we realised that we decided to book a glasgow-2014-commonwealth-gamestable for lunch. The city was very busy and lively. The weather was warm and spirits high. So we had to choose a restaurant that we could both get to easily.

When I was in Crete staying at Hotel Galini, reviewed on this site at…s-crete-greece/, I met a man who mentioned that his friend owned the Greek Restaurant in George Square in Glasgow. I discovered we could book a table at Elia so, armed with this recommendation, and as my sister and I both enjoy Greek food, we booked here for lunch.

It is a nice air conditioned restaurant with a varied menu and attentive staff.My sister and I both chose the same starter: but then who can resist hummus and pitta bread. It was delicious. Our main course was vegetarian moussaka with salad and I chose rice while my sister had chips. Again, the dish was very tasty and the portion too large for me to finish.

eliaWe were glad we had booked a table and both very much enjoyed our meals. This is a restaurant I would certainly visit again, and not just because the city was busy! I highly recommend it. ‎

Valerie Penny

Kama Sutra, 331 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland

I was in Glasgow recently for the Glasgow leg of the tour of Broken Records, my nephew’s band. My sister suggested we all go for a meal before the show and, there are many excellent Indian restaurants in Glasgow, so I suggested we go for a curry.  As my niece’s flat is in Sauchiehall Street, she suggested Kama Sutra.  it was only after we were seated she admitted that, although she lives near the restaurant, she had never actually been there!


The restaurant is warm and welcoming and the staff are very kind and helpful. The restaurant has good access for disabled people and also does a very good value early evening meal. Two courses for only £9.95. The choices on the early menu include traditional British fare like a prawn cocktail starter and a fish and chip main. It also includes vegetarian starters and mains too. All are served with a choice of naan bread or rice (even the fish and chips)! Although we were right at the limit of time for the early meals the staff were happy to ensure that we could all choose from this menu. It was a nice touch and done with good grace.


The starters were all quite tasty and the meat eaters enjoyed their mains. However, the fish served in the fish and chips main was quite mean. It was also not well filleted so my friend did not eat all of this. She was laughing though at the idea she would want to eat a naan bread to accompany her chips! The vegetarian main dishes were seasoned so similarly that those that tasted both could not tell the difference. The vegetarian meals were hot and spicy but not very tasty.

I quite liked the ambiance of the restaurant and the staff were very nice. However, as I am vegetarian and the veggie mains were not amazing, I would not seek out this restaurant again. There are many Indian restaurants in Glasgow. I will try another next time.

Valerie Penny

Jury’s Inn, 80 Jamaica Street, Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and there is much to see and do.  Most recently I visited the city because my nephew’s band, Broken Records were playing a gig at King Tut’s as part of their UK tour. I traveled to the city to join my sister, brother-in-law, niece and some friends for the concert.  When I stay in Glasgow, I usually stay at the Glasgow Hilton however, on this occasion, as I was in the city and staying over for a specific event, I decided to stay in a hotel close to Glasgow Central Train Station.  It was convenient and my friend Josephine had stayed in the hotel and said it suited her and her sister well.


I had never stayed in this hotel chain before and was looking forward to my visit.  When I arrived, reception was busy but I was unimpressed by the young lady at the desk telling me how tired she was and that she was looking forward to the end of her shift.  My room, 423 was at the far end of the corridor, tucked away in a corner.  The room was much larger than average with a double and a single bed in it.  It was spotlessly clean with a generous supply of teas and coffees. The en-suite bathroom was equally clean and there was a supply of additional towels.  I was surprised there was no bath mat and that the floor of the en-suite by the sink was quite wet.

I wanted to check the news on the tv and have a bath before I went out to meet my friends but I had trouble getting the tv to work. I tried every button on the set and the remote – I even resorted to reading the instruction pamphlet!  As a last resort I called reception and they arranged to send up somebody to help me. While waiting for the assistance, I decided to run my bath. The light in the bathroom did not respond to the switch. It was then I noticed the point that I was meant to put my card into this to make an electricity connection. I had no sooner put my card into the slot when the bathroom light came on, the tv worked and the maintenance man knocked at my door. I felt very stupid at not having worked that out earlier but did feel reception could have told me about the connection.  The maintenance man had arrived very quickly to my door and was very kind and polite.


Anyway, I ran my bath. The water pressure was good and the water was hot but there were no bars of soap nor any shower gel or shampoo.  There was liquid soap and moisturiser attached to the wall.  I could not reach these from the bath so I had to stand up and reach the liquid soap and then sit down in the bath to rinse it off again. Obviously management prefer you to shower rather than bathe!  When I was cleaning my teeth and putting my make-up on I noticed the sink in the bathroom was chipped in two places around the rim and the sink had no plug: this was disappointing.

Nevertheless, the hotel was very conveniently situated and I was able to meet my friends and family for dinner easily. We then went to the Broken Records gig at King Tut’s, St. Vincent Street, Glasgow. It was excellent. Support artist Stevie Milne from Little Kicks was terrific too and we all had a great evening. It was easy to get back to the hotel from the concert.

However, back at the hotel, the bed was very comfortable but not made properly and was that irritating. Then in the morning a member of staff served me coffee in a cracked mug: the newspaper I was given by the staff, The Metro, which is a free paper, was previously read by somebody who had ripped a bit out of it. It’s a free paper, people – give me a new one!

So, would I recommend this hotel? No. Would I want to stay there again? No. There are many central hotels in Glasgow. The convenience of the situation of the Jury’s Inn would not be enough to entice me back.

Valerie Penny

The Counting House, Glasgow, Scotland


The Counting House is one of the Wetherspoons Pubs in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland. It is situated opposite St George’s Square and near Queen Street Train Station. It is always warm and busy and bustling. Orders for both drinks and meals are made at the bar and paid for at the time of ordering. If you are ordering food remember to note your table number before going to the bar! Sometimes it can be difficult to get a table at peak times.

There are a wide variety of meals and snacks on offer. Food is served from breakfast time through lunch until dinner at night. Meals on offer range from usual pub fare of pies, burgers or fish and chips to vegetarian meals, curry, chilli or steaks. Most recently I was there for lunch with my sister. We both took advantage of a meal deal that included drinks in the price. We had burgers and a soft drink followed by Earl Gray tea.

The building itself is an old bank. It is quite grand. The pub is clean and the staff polite. Although the trek to the restrooms may require a packed lunch and a map, the walk is so long, there is no doubt I will go visit here again. Our meal was inexpensive and very tasty.

Valerie Penny

Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, 1 William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT, Scotland

me-dave-amamndasI have always liked the Hilton Hotel chain and have stayed with them all over the world.  I particularly like this hotel, Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland once you discover the route into it!  It is centrally located and the Hilton Glasgow Hotel offers superb city views, family rooms, spa and indoor pool. The last time I visited this hotel was when my friend, Amanda, had a party there in December and my husband surprised me by booking a room so we could stay and better enjoy the festivities.  It was so kind of him and the party was lovely. A fantastic four course meal was served and it was a lot of fun.

The reception area is is spacious and grand, however the hotel bar is hilton-glasgow-1small for the size of the hotel.  The staff are helpful but unobtrusive and the hotel is spotlessly clean. Our room was on the fourteenth floor and we overlooked the motorway, but the room was quiet because of the soundproofing and the good quality glazing.  We hilton-room1were delighted with it.  The bed was also very comfortable and we slept well.


I also enjoyed using the indoor pool at this hotel.  We did not use any other fitness equipment, but the pool is large and well-maintained.  It was not busy either time we used it and the towels provided are lovely and fluffy.   There is a great fitness centre too, but we did not use that.

Breakfast was marvelous!  It is a usual wide hot and cold buffet with a wide variety of  hot and cold choices.  As well as the traditional British fry-up, I told the chefs I was vegetarian and they brought me Indoor Poolvegetarian sausages too.  It was unexpected and kind.

As I live relatively close to this hotel, I rarely have a chance to use it nowadays, however, I highly recommend it and am pleased to have a chance to stay there when I can.

Valerie Penny