Tinderbox

Tinderbox
189 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TS
  • Telephone 0141 339 3108
  • Food served Mon–Sat 7.15am–11pm; Sun 7.45am–11pm
  • Average price £7 (lunch); £7 (evening meal)
  • Typical order £4.30
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Hard to miss, with its large windows and metallic signage, the Byres Road branch of Tinderbox has been plying its brand of metro-chic coffee house style for over 15 years now – and it’s still the business. Aside from a set of thin new booths along the back wall, the interiors haven’t changed much. A line of high stools along one window gives a view of the bustle outside while the back area sports a two-tiered floor space with varied table and booth arrangements inducing a relaxing intimate feel. Food choices have been revamped of late and the large counter displays a wide array of externally supplied (mainly locally produced) selections. New arrivals include bento boxes, sushi and French toast sandwiches alongside well-stuffed wraps, salad boxes, waffles and bagels. As always, the cake selection is bountiful with lots of quirky flavours that blend nicely with a fine roasted coffee. Constantly busy, Tinderbox buzzes along to a chic indie soundtrack day and night with that ineffable cool only achieved through confidence and experience.

  • High point: Groovy atmosphere all hours of the day
  • Low point: Service occasionally distracted
  • Notable dish: Cakes and pastries
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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indie playlist
  • Capacity: 72
  • Open since: 1998

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