Table Talk: Kathryn Hamilton Knight on the Southside Scene
Glasgow’s eat café and eat deli's co-director talks about diners and the local food and drink scene
In early 2000 when we moved to the Southside, the food scene seemed to be trailing behind its West End or city centre neighbours. As we were in the trade, we wanted to fill that gap in the market. So, in 2002, Eat Deli opened and was enthusiastically received by people happy to have something a bit ‘West End’ on their doorstep.
Since then the deli has changed enormously. We still offer the same great produce, but these days people tend to sit in and enjoy their food with a glass of wine or a cold beer. It’s a social hub and a home from home to our loyal regulars. A few years down the line, it was time for expansion. We decided to stay Southside again, as we had built up a reputation here.
Once we found the right spot, we opened Eat Café in Shawlands (see our Best Bistros and Brasseries in Glasgow hitlist). Our focus was to create a café with a relaxed, stylish, informal environment serving restaurant-quality food. A place where the menu caters to all-day dining, with globally inspired mains and daily specials, as well as dishes that feature our own fantastic Scottish produce, such as Stornoway black pudding, Mull cheddar, bread and pastries from Taylors of Strathaven, sharing platters and gourmet burgers.
With lots of hard graft, the Eat Café team have built up a strong presence on the Glasgow restaurant scene and made the café a destination of choice for many Southside and city diners. It’s great to see the Southside food and drink scene flourishing. So to all those north of the Clyde: venture south if you haven’t in a while … we think you’ll like what you find.