A GLASGOW branch of McDonald’s is serving up a side of Bach with its Big Macs in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Classical music is played in the Maryhill Road branch of the fast food outlet from the early evening and for one customer, it was hitting all the right notes. Lana Murphy, 38, said: “At first I didn’t notice it and was looking around and I thought everyone was really chilled out in there.

“I just thought it was genius. What a nice thing to do instead of howling techno music.”

McDonald’s has been dishing out side-orders of Chopin, Bach and Beethoven since 2013 when the use of the relaxing music was piloted in franchises across the UK.

Said to be Scotland’s busiest McDonald’s restaurant, Glasgow’s Argyle Street branch employed the tactic in 2015 after Police Scotland recorded over 200 incidents in 14 months including the body of a drug addict lying undiscovered in the toilets for five hours before police were notified.

In April last year it was reported that the Dumbarton McDonald’s had drafted in long-dead composers to put a stop to rowdy youths who met up in the St James Retail Park branch to cause trouble.

A McDonald’s spokesman said: “We have tested the effects of classical music in the past and played it in some of our restaurants as it encourages more acceptable behaviour.”