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The Flying Duck, Glasgow and a mushroom gravy recipe

One of the places we ate while in Glasgow was The Flying Duck, it was definitely our favourite!

It’s a basement venue and the lovely cool temperature and low lighting felt like an oasis after the heat and crowds in the city centre on a Saturday afternoon.

And, the food was great! It’s the menu we’d most been looking forward to, it’s comfort food led, which is something that we just can’t get in a restaurant anywhere near where we live.

And just to make things even better, they serve a gluten free beer, yay! We spent a happy couple of hours relaxing and recharging.

We sampled a few things from the snacks part of the menu –

Buckfast infused jackfruit pulled ‘pork’ taco

Sauteed kale

Macar-own-i cheese

Cheeze and gravy mash

We really enjoyed them all!

The jackfruit in the taco was in a tangy, tasty barbeque sauce, and came with a lovely creamy coleslaw. Never having partaken of Buckfast we think it just brought sweetness to the sauce, but it’s a cute nod to its dubious historical popularity in Glasgow…

The kale was nicely frizzled at the edges so it had that unmistakable smoky brassica flavour. Yum.

Macaroni cheese is absolutely everywhere in Glasgow! I would challenge a dairy version to be tastier than the Flying Ducks macar-own-i version, it’s immensely satisfying. Creamy, savoury, and gloopy! Just as it should be.

Ooh the mash… Lovely mash, topped with cheeze and a gorgeous savoury gravy. Simple, but great!


Mash and gravy is my favourite comfort food, so I’ve been working on my gravy recipe, and here it is. I ate it with potato and kale mash which made for a delicious meal, and a lovely reminder of our meal at The Flying Duck.

This recipe is thickened with vegetables rather than flour so has a lovely silky texture, and layers of savoury flavour. It makes loads, but freezes well.

Mushroom gravy

Mushroom gravy

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