Central Market

Central Market
51 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1PA
  • Telephone 0141 552 0902
  • Food served Mon–Fri 10am–10pm; Sat/Sun 10am–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 4–6.30pm
  • Average price £20 (lunch); £23 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £16
  • Email
  • Website www.centralmarketglasgow.com

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Central Market
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

As the revival for quality, local produce roars on, Central Market rocks up to the scene with its oh-so-fresh ingredients and understatedly chic, shiny venue, ready to take the challenge. Every ingredient down to the delicate leaves of fresh oregano thrown like confetti over the starter of grilled sardines, to a side order of firm, pink Anya potatoes, is delightfully good. The open plan kitchen somehow reflects the clean, honest ethos behind the restaurant’s sourcing and cooking policies: everything is on show, up front and as it is. Simplicity is key in the cooking, with no unnecessary or pretentious flourishes. For example, a fleshy fillet of ling is surrounded by sweet clams and grilled nuggets of fresh artichoke covered in a simple seaweed butter. Chocolate tart is sleek, glistening and seductive – a little like the gleaming interior of the restaurant. With floor-to-ceiling windows, marbled tables, stainless steel stools, and shelves stacked high with fine wines, it’s perfectly casual, simple and polished - yet incredibly classy.

  • High point: Fresh ingredients, simple dishes, great prices
  • Low point: Too many wine flights to choose from

Central Market Glasgow, a new café, restaurant and deli, has opened its doors on Bell Street in Glasgow’s historic Merchant City. Inspiration for the name was taken from the old fruit, vegetable and cheese markets which thrived in the area in the early 19th century and were referred to as the ‘central markets’.

The restaurant will be serving modern British food. Chefs Andy Lambert and Neil Palmer have developed a menu which includes the very best in seasonal and sustainable produce. Plates include: grilled sardines, oysters, steak tartare, roast ling, ox cheek stew and Iberico pork shoulder steak. A sandwich menu is available all day. Andy and Neil previously worked at Urban Brasserie and Malmaison respectively.

With 50 covers, Central Market Glasgow will be open from 8am Monday to Friday; 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Appetisers are from £4.50 and plates start at £9. Wines have been carefully selected to match the food. Six ‘Wine Flights’ each consisting of three different wines in 100ml servings, allow customers to try a wider selection from the wine list.

The deli area will be selling the full wine list; artisan breads from Different Breid; coffee from Coffee Chocolate Tea, both local suppliers, and a range of oils and vinegars from A l’Olivier.

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  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Capacity: 50
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle

Comments & ratings

1. Sparky2414 Mar 2013, 3:43pm5 stars Central Market Report

This a lovely addition to merchant city - feels like it'll be here a while.
It's A beautiful looking place and the menu is interesting and doesn't rely on the same old combinations. Would like to see some specials but they are perhaps working up to that.

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