IT’S hard to spot from the road when driving (or walking) by, but nestled in Ashwood Gardens in the heart of Jordanhill is a hidden gem serving fresh Scottish food daily.

The Prancing Stag is a family run neighbourhood restaurant that opened its doors in October 2019.

Using fresh and seasonal Scottish produce, the menu serves dishes such as Saddle of Cairngorm Roe Deer, and Hand-Dived Loch Fyne Scallop and Slow Braised Shoulder of Scotch Lamb.

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The Glasgow Times were invited to try the eatery, so I headed along there on a Thursday night.

The cosy restaurant is decorated simply inside and was flooded with natural light from the skylights. We were given a nice booth to sit in which had a nice view of the entire interior.

After ordering, our waiter brought us mustard seed rolls which were served with a chilli butter and a feta and pink peppercorn dip.

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For our starters, I ordered the haggis croquette, served with pickled turnip and wild garlic emulsion, while my partner ordered the west coast fish, crab and sweetcorn cakes which came with radish and coriander salad and home-made Thai-style sweet chilli sauce.

We both really enjoyed our starters which tasted fresh with lots of flavour, but with the single haggis croquette costing £8 it was a little on the pricey side.

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For mains, I ordered the special which was pan fried cod on the bone with new potatoes, sauteed greens and a lemon caper butter.

This was absolutely delicious with the lemon caper butter being full of flavour.

The cod flaked off the bones easily and the potatoes and greens were both cooked to perfection.

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My partner ordered the roasted fillet of cod which had a carb and herb crust, minted peas, crushed new potatoes and avruga caviar beurre blanc which he also thoroughly enjoyed.

While we were both full after our first two courses, we couldn’t resist the Sticky Toffee Pudding on the dessert menu so ordered one to share.

The moist sponge was served with a warm butterscotch sauce and salted caramel ice cream and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rich so were glad we ordered this one to share.

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There were also no large pieces of date in the sponge which I personally was very happy about!

The Prancing Stag’s website says their “front of house staff create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere” which we both found to be true.

Our waiter was well clued up on the menu and spent time speaking to us and other diners throughout the evening.

The restaurant also has an outdoor seating area, where patrons can enjoy a drink and a nibble and dogs on leads are permitted.

This is definitely one restaurant worth taking a small journey to the west of the city for, particularly for a special occassion.

The Prancing Stag is located at 1a Ashwood Gardens in Jordanhill.