Christmas nights out in Edinburgh & Glasgow
Where to go with friends, or family, in tow
Let's face it: your Christmas night out with your pals is going to be very different to your festive family outing. We've got guidance on where to go with both groups, whether you're planning an afternoon out for ice-cream, or a scoop of ice-cream with a vodka shot on the side
When you've got your elderly relatives, the sprogs and that auntie who isn't really your auntie in tow this December, you need somewhere to eat that's going to keep everyone in good festive cheer.
In Glasgow, the Brooklyn Café has been feeding families for 85 years. The menu covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with café classics like mac'n'cheese and an ice-cream counter full of traditional and quirky flavours. Over at West Brewery, the kitchen serves up quintessential German cuisine as well as old favourites such as fish and chips and the delightfully named Kinderschnitzel for the kids. It's also dog friendly, for those whose definition of family extends to our four-legged friends. After the complexity of three-course Christmas meals, bask in the simplicity of Paesano Pizza. There are just eight pizzas to choose from, all made with ingredients direct from Italy, and retro ice-cream offerings like 99s and oysters for dessert. If the kids in the party need to run off some energy, Scaramouche boasts a kids' play area to keep younger diners entertained while you tuck into classic pub grub.
In Edinburgh, Hemma also has an in-restaurant play area. You'd be hard-pushed not to find something you like on one of their smörgåsbords, and the menu also boasts a variety of veggie, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options. Mimi's Bakehouse serves comfort food crowd-pleasers including stovies and quesadillas for adults and children. Avoid the Christmas pudding versus yule log debate and enjoy some of the glorious homemade cakes for afters. La Favorita has a reputation for family-friendly service and offers an extensive menu of wood-fired pizzas and gourmet pastas. Once the kids have selected from the dedicated menu, they can engross themselves in the complimentary kids pack. Elsewhere, Scran & Scallie is Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin's version of the pub. This relaxed venue serves breakfast, lunch, 'bar scran' and dinner, all following the pub's ethos of 'from nature to plate', and welcomes children of all ages (and even pooches) for some top-notch grub.