The Exchange (Greenock) 2022 : Review

Todays Visit

Today was my parents anniversary, and we had gone to Dunoon and we needed a place to visit for dinner.

I had been here at the opening and really loved the food, everything was very tasty so I said lets grab the ferry and grab dinner at The Exchange.

Noise Level★★★★
Restaurant Temperature★★★★
Table Dressing★★★★
Restaurant Cleanliness★★★★

The Food

I knew I was in for a treat tonight if the standard was just like my first visit.

Black Pudding Spring rolls £5.95
Served with creamy peppercorn sauce

The moment I saw this I knew I had to order this as it sounded very good.

On arrival this looked really good, and smelled very nice.

I tried the spring rolls on their own and they were lovely, and then with the sauce and WOW this elevated it to another level and was so so so so moreish!

I could have easily had this again as my main tonight!

Value for Money★★★★★

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Penne Carbonara £8.95
Smoked pancetta and mushrooms served win a white wine, garlic cream sauce.

I was looking forward to this, and on arrival this looked good.

I took a bite, then another two…hmm

I will start with the good part, the pasta was cooked nicely.

I did not get much flavour of anything through this pasta.

I even added some salt and pepper and still not much, I actually only took half and left it as I didn’t enjoy this.

Sorry guys.

Value for Money★★

My Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Visit Overall

Overall todays visit was a bit disappointing.

After an amazing invite when they opened, and heard pre covid that they were still really good.

Todays visit was not great!

The starter was amazing! and I really loved that…..but the pasta was terrible. Zero flavour and not nice to eat. I’m surprised the chefs used normal mushrooms because they lacked depth and got lost in a tasteless pasta sauce. If you were to cook this pasta dish at home I would recommend trying portobello mushrooms or shitake mushrooms which are both full of intense flavour, click here to see more great mushroom alternatives!

Sorry guys.

Time between Courses★★★
Overall Value for Money★★★

My Overall Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

VIP Chefs Table : Cathedral House Hotel & The Exchange Event

Cathedral House Hotel
28-32 Cathedral Square
G4 0XA
0141 552 3519
The Exchange
2 Ann Street
PA15 4RQ
01475 722280

V: 11th July 2019

When I got this invite I had to accept, as it sounded amazing.

First everyone who was coming would meet at the Cathedral House Hotel for canapés and fizz, then we would be taken to The Exchange at Greenock where we would meet the owners and chef and be treated to a feast.

First Stop

The meeting point was at Glasgow Cathedral House, to be honest I have known there was something here but never been inside I have either driven past or walked past, so tonight I would finally get to see whats inside.

Looking Around

On entering its not what I expected, it was very nicely decorated and this was just the bar / eating area.

We were welcomed with a glass of fizz which was really nice.

While waiting for everyone to arrive, the guys here started to bring out the canapés.

As you can see from the above photos everything looked good, but did it taste good? I can honestly it tasted VERY good!

Everything was perfectly cooked, and full of really nice flavours. My favourite was the risotto, it was MEGA moreish for me.

A big thanks to everyone tonight and compliments to the chefs, as the food was very very very good.

This is a little hidden gem that most people tend to just pass, but its really lovely inside and has an events area you can hire and some rooms in case you want to spend the night.

For those of you who like a beer garden, well this place has one for those few days of sun Glasgow is treated to a year.

Guys do pop in if passing, you wont be disapointed.

On to Greenock…

We got in to a coach and headed to the second destination which was located at Greenock, now I have not been here since I was a little boy so it would be nice to see it again.


On pulling up to the Exchange it looked interesting, so it was time to go in and see what it was like.

Looking Around

On entering I was very very impressed, the place looked very modern, stylish and had that homely feel to it.

Tonight we were going to have a meet and greet with the owners and chef, plus get to try a few items from the menu…well it was actually more than a few as you will see.

The Food

WOW first impression was this looked good, smelled good and more important I hope I have another hole on my belt 🙂

As you can see from the many photos above, the Exchange really really spoiled us tonight!

The first dish I tried was the Stornoway black pudding spring rolls, and this was and a massive mmm and I could have easily had everyones.

The desert which I always look forward to as I have a sweet tooth, when it was placed on the table I instantly knew I had to try the little cup.

This is heaven in a cup and was so good, I actually had 3 (bad me I know) to be honest I could have probably had 5 but I was so full from the amount of food I stopped myself at 3.

The food here guys was really good! I honestly thought I was sitting in a nice restaurant in town, and here I was in Greenock…who would have thought here would have an amazing restaurant and its not that far a drive from Glasgow.

I think I can say from everyone that attended tonight the only complaint we all had was our stomachs weren’t big enough for everything.


Firstly a big thanks to both locations for tonight, you really spoiled us and compliments to the chefs at both the Cathedral House and Exchange.

I am adding both locations to my top spots, as I felt both locations were very nice, homely and the food at both was a solid 10/10 and am sure everyone who was at this event would 100% agree.

Guys if your looking for two new places to visit, please check both of these locations out I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

Cathedral House Hotel
28-32 Cathedral Square
G4 0XA
0141 552 3519
The Exchange
2 Ann Street
PA15 4RQ
01475 722280

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