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–Sun 10.30am–4pm.
  • Average price £7 (lunch)
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Birra Moretti

Bright and airy loft café in Scotland's national centre for design and architecture, serving baked potatoes, panini and wraps.

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Tucked away on the fifth floor of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s first major architectural masterpiece, the Doocot’s setting couldn’t be better. Large roof lights fill the space, imparting a bright and airy feel – worthy of the Scots term for ‘dovecot’. Sit back on a banquette or an Eames Eiffel-style chair and enjoy a coffee or tea after exploring the national centre for design and architecture. As with many of Glasgow’s museums and galleries, food is provided by Encore so the menu doesn’t offer experimental flavour combinations. Instead, it serves baked potatoes, wraps and sandwiches – simple but not to be sniffed at. Fresh, fair-trade coffee comes from Glasgow’s Matthew Algie, while quality herbals are provided by Belfast’s Suki Tea.

  • High point: Great space to enjoy lunch
  • Low point: Setting trumps menu
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Cafe friendly music selection
  • Live entertainment: Lighthouse Late once a year
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 1999 (Encore from 2010)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £20 per bottle