- Telephone 0141 339 3108
- Food served Mon–Sat 7.15am–11pm; Sun 7.45am–11pm.
- Average price £6.50 (lunch); £6.50 (evening meal)
- Typical order £4.30
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
It says much about how firmly Tinderbox’s finger has long been on the pulse of coffee culture that the main Byres Road branch remains much the same place it was upon opening in 1998, in terms of both fare and décor, and yet doesn’t feel like it needs any updating. A lack of free Wi-Fi was a minor grumble until not long before time of writing, when it was introduced at last by popular demand. All food is prepared externally, and comprises a relatively slim range of cold salads and sandwiches – the latter served with a tiny pack of unbranded crisps and mayonnaise dip, slightly oddly – but they’re surprisingly fresh and tasty. Cakes of the day – all from local bakers – can come in such unconventional sorts as parsnip, lime and ginger and blueberry vanilla. But it’s essentially the simple mix of good strong java, a stylish indie soundtrack and overall sense of understated cool that keeps this place’s heartbeat strong.
- High point: Vibrant buzz from early until late
- Low point: Weird in-flight style accompaniments
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indie
- Capacity: 60
- Open since: 1998
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