The Doocot Café and Bar
Bright and airy loft café in Scotland's national centre for design and architecture, serving sandwiches, hot muffins, salads and cakes.
Formerly home of The Herald, the Lighthouse is an architecture and design museum on Mitchell Lane, just yards from Buchanan Street’s retail hub. Even so, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s first commission feels enclosed, completely capturing visitors while they explore what is now five floors of contemporary exhibition space. From the third floor Mackintosh retrospective, there is a helical staircase which for those fit enough to make it to the top, provides a near 360-degree view across Glasgow. Back on the fifth floor, in a bright loft space lit by huge skylights is the licensed café itself. The food offering is simple, provided by council-backed Encore, but soups, sandwiches and toasted muffins do the job – the salads in particular are huge, with plates almost overflowing. Cakes change daily and are ideal if you’re stopping off midway round the museum or looking for somewhere different to enjoy a break from the hustle of the nearby shops.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Live music, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Ambient
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 1999 (Encore from 2010)
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £19.25 per bottle