Art Lovers Café
An elegant café for impressive lunching in a Mackintosh-designed visitor and events attraction in Bellahouston Park.
Serving light bites, lunches and cakes, the Art Lovers Café in the Mackintosh-designed House for an Art Lover combines a refined atmosphere with warm and welcoming service. The set lunch menu is the star attraction; it’s thoughtfully sourced, beautifully cooked and presented, and priced very competitively. A starter of duck and chicken liver pâté is silky smooth and richly flavoured. Jerusalem artichoke salad comes with a zesty hollandaise sauce, capers, crunchy hazelnuts and a crispy breaded hen’s egg. A main of Loch Etive sea trout is matched with dill-speckled potato cubes and sprouting broccoli in a warm tartare sauce. Portions are generous without being overwhelming and the extensive drinks menu means there’ll be a wine, beer or soft drink well suited to your choice. Desserts may include a light chocolate mousse with honeycomb and a chocolate shard or pineapple tarte tatin with a soothing coconut sorbet. Occasional evening events include exciting themed tasting menus and collaborations with head chefs from other big-name establishments and are well worth looking out for.
Cafés attached to arts venues are often little more than a necessary sideline to make the main attraction more attractive. The Art Lover’s Café, however, is a culinary destination. Yes it’s sited in a beautiful park in a beautiful house, but the food is the main draw here. It’s surprising, ambitious and delicious. Good value, too, with a two-course set menu priced at £11.99, so book ahead, even for a mid-week lunch. The à la carte menu features crisp ham hough croquettes, a meaty, comforting, way to start. The duck breast with pomme galette is tender and simply cooked with a port wine jus bringing out the strong flavours in the meat. Cheesecakes may be ubiquitous and generally disappointing, but here the passionfruit and orange cheesecake has a delicious tang, balanced by the sweetness of orange sorbet. Gluten-free cakes are on offer, with the victoria sponge a light and airy classic. Pop-up evenings are planned, and with a reasonable selection of low-alcohol wines and beers on offer, drivers are looked after as well.
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1996
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle
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