The Doocot Café and Bar

The Doocot Café and Bar
The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU
  • Telephone 0141 276 5367
  • Food served Mon–Sat 10.30am–4pm; Sun noon–4.30pm
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Bright and airy loft café in Scotland's national centre for design and architecture, serving sandwiches, hot muffins, salads and cakes.

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The Doocot Café Bar is situated on the fifth floor of The Lighthouse, the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Decorated predominantly in cool greys and white, light flooding through the roof, the menu on offer here by Encore (who provide food for most Glasgow museums) is fairly standard yet tasty nevertheless. Tuck in to a Five-a-Day toasted sandwich, loaded with roast peppers, caramelised red onion, aubergine and rocket, served with salad and crisps. There are soup and salads available, too, as well as a few choices for kids, while a huge plate of sweet potato fries with maple and cayenne glaze will add a fiery kick to any meal. Take a stroll to the roof level once you have polished off your lunch and coffee to see panoramic views of Glasgow, or head to the gift shop to stock up on souvenirs.

  • High point: Iconic Glasgow venue
  • Low point: Menu is a bit limited
  • Notable dish: Honey Winter Warmer Salad with glazed chicken, basil leaves, red onion and cayenne
  • Average price: £8 (lunch)
  • 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