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July 26, 2021

It has been a stunning summer so far and the good vibes look set to continue with 5pm’s Big Summer Dine Out.

Running from today until 15th August, this is a three week celebration of Scotland's fantastic restaurants and their exclusive dining offers.

All participating venues are offering a two or three course menu for £15.95 - ideal for catching up with friends and family.

We don't know how long the sunny weather will last but 5pm’s Big Summer Dine Out will cast a rosy glow over your meals out for the next three weeks.

And some of the restaurants have outside dining spaces where you can soak up the summer.

Browse around, book in and eat out with your loved ones. Sounds like a top summer to us.

New restaurants are added regularly and you can check them all out from 5pm’s Big Summer Dine Out page.

Here are a few Glasgow selections to get you started. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll add in some Edinburgh suggestions.

La Lanterna

Italy knows how to make the most of a hot summer. Feel the sizzle with La Lanterna's Big Summer Dine Out deal. The Hope Street restaurant is offering three courses from their set menu for £15.95. Specific dishes may change but we would start with the mussels in a white wine sauce followed by the pumpkin, asparagus and pecorino risotto. Strawberry cheesecake to finish, grazie. Or perhaps the crème brulée, as pictured above


Ardnamurchan restaurant has a new outside dining area.

Ardnamurchan restaurant has a new outside dining area.

A Sunday roast is on offer as Ardnamurchan's Big Summer Dine Out. As the name suggests Scotland's West Coast has been a big influence on everything from the decor to the menus at this city centre restaurant. We think it's great but you don't have to take our word for it. This is what one 5pm customer had to say after a visit:

'Brilliant experience as always! Another brilliant time at Ardnamurchan! Always enjoy our time here. Great value for money, great food & lovely staff. Highly recommend .'

Barwachi Indian Restaurant

Barwachi is bringing the spice to Crow Road.

Barwachi is bringing the spice to Crow Road.

This Crow Road favourite is offering three courses from the pre-theatre menu for £15.95. As well as chicken chaat, the starters include several varieties of pakora but we can't see past the haggis pakora. The main courses present a more tricky dilemma. Will it be the mild and creamy korma or do you fancy spicing things up with a chicken jalfrezi?

The Pipers' Tryst

The Pipers' Tryst: great for meeting friends.

The Pipers' Tryst: great for meeting friends.

The Piping Live festival will take place online this August. We will be getting in the mood with two courses from the Scottish market menu at The Piper's Tryst, part of the National Piping Centre. The menu offers a choice of classic Scottish dishes as well as more exotic options. For example, the starters include black pudding from Ramsay of Carluke accompanied by chorizo, baby potatoes and a duck egg. Or you could try the haggis tacos, veggie or traditional, with a peppercorn drizzle. Main courses include a garlic and sage pork loin, a smoked haddock kedgeree and the house mac 'n' cheese.