Hen dos. In 2019, they can feel like a controversial subject. Whether it’s the pressure to drink, the pressure to spend, or just the pressure to have the best time ever, we are hearing from more and more of you who are falling out of love with the customary pre-wedding knees-up.
It might be unsurprising, then, that in recent years we’ve seen an increase in brides choosing to forgo the chaotic antics of the traditional ‘last night of freedom’ in favour of something much more relaxed. Because the truth is that all winning hen parties share a few things in common: good food, good company, good vibes.
With this in mind, I headed to Bill’s, established purveyor of quality all-day dining, last month to check out its summer menu. Located on Glasgow’s West Nile Street, just around the corner from Central Station, the chain’s only Scottish outpost is a welcoming spot, with numerous outdoor seating options for those fearless enough to brave the city’s temperamental weather.
The restaurant’s informal and easy-going ambience would lend itself well to any bride wanting to spend some chilled-out, quality time with her best pals over scran and a bottle of wine.
My companion and I toasted our arrival with a couple of cocktails, before tucking into some starters. We decided to share crispy calamari and breaded halloumi sticks, because, as all Scottish people know, the only way to improve a delectable Greek cheese is to deep fry it in some way.
For my main, I opted for the paprika, garlic and chilli-roasted half-chicken, with fries and pea shoots. I’m not the biggest fan of poultry, but this was up there with the best I’ve eaten: a generous helping, with perfectly crispy skin on the outside and moist, flavoursome meat underneath. I was assured by dinner companion that the buttermilk chicken burger across the table was rather tasty too.
Of course, it’s difficult to mention Bill’s without paying due attention to its esteemed brunch menu. Alongside classics like hearty fry-ups and pancakes, you’ll also find new additions like pea and basil hummus on sourdough with poached eggs. If you’re still planning a wild night for your hen, we reckon a late morning, boozy brunch could stand you in good stead for the sesh ahead.