Theme-pub was full of character

SITTING beside the Heilan'man's Umbrella on Argyle Street, this pub, now the Grant Arms, must be one of the biggest but most overlooked hostelries in Glasgow.

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Spread over four floors, back in 1971 it had recently reopened as a Charles Dickens-themed pub and chophouse, called Gamp's.

Back then you could sit down to a trifled lamb chop roasted with crushed peppercorns and served with onion sauce, chips, new or roast potatoes, and salad garnish, all for the princely sum of 95p.

Older readers will know that a 'gamp, is an old nickname for an umbrella, so the pub's location couldn't have been any more appropriate. Mrs Gamp was character in Martin Chuzzlewit, who never went anywhere without her brolly.

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