Herald Café Bar
- Telephone 0141 287 2999
- Food served Mon–Thu 9am–7.15pm; Fri/Sat 9am–3pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £7.50 (lunch)
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
A bright eaterie (with floor-to-ceiling windows) located inside Europe’s largest public reference library would always hold some appeal and the Herald Café has the added novelty of bearing the name of Glasgow’s oldest newspaper (thanks to the funding it gave for the refurbishment six years ago). It also serves the practical purpose of feeding and watering the scores of people who come for study, to use the surrounding computers or to attend the many events taking place year-round. The menu is suitably functional, with paninis, baked potatoes and omelettes, but it holds a few pleasant surprises such as the home-made soup (which may be vegetable broth or ham and lentil), the pasta with chorizo, chilli and tomato sauce – average size, above-average flavour – or the smooth Matthew Algie coffee. For those requiring something a bit stronger, the café is licensed and open till after 7pm most nights.
- High point: Library cafés don't come much better or brighter
- Low point: Computers all around give it a workplace vibe
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2007
- House wine: £18.10 per bottle