118 Ingram Street, Glasgow, G1 1EJ
  • Telephone 0141 552 6907
  • Opening times Mon–Sat; 11am–10pm; Sun noon–10pm
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 10am–10pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 7.15am–10pm; Sun 8am–10pm.
  • Average price £7 (lunch); £7 (evening meal)
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2014 edition.

Tinderbox’s original Byres Road coffeshop café opened in 1998 but the interior still feels contemporary and enticing. No food is prepared on the premises though, with savoury options being either pre-prepared sandwiches or salad/noodle bowls. It’s an extra £1.50 to eat-in with a sandwich, which includes a packet of unbranded crisps and a small pot of mayonnaise. Mayonnaise with a sandwich being treated as a form of bonus could raise an eyebrow or two. Tinderbox’s cakes feel much better on the eye, the tastebuds, and the pocket. As well as usual favourites like carrot cake, there are also more unusual but equally delicious options like a parsnip version, as well as a range of tempting-looking cupcakes. People looking for a café to work in should be aware that none of Tinderbox’s three branches offer free WiFi, only paid.

  • High point: Delicious cakes
  • Low point: No free WiFi
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: No bookings
  • Open since: 2006
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £13 per bottle

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5. Zoë McMorran16 May 2015, 9:01pm3 stars Tinderbox Report

Nice drinks but music can be too loud when trying to have a conversation with someone. Charge for wifi. Overpriced-£6 for a sandwich. Nice food. Despite this, it has a nice vibe.

4. R.M27 Feb 2014, 11:04am1 star Tinderbox Report

Staff never acknowledge customers and don't expect the basics like wifi. You can get free wifi everywhere but Tinderbox charge you for it - total greed considering the prices they charge

3. E Solis6 Jul 2013, 1:10pm5 stars Tinderbox Report

Definitely the best coffee shop in town! Friendly staff, good music, excellent coffee. People tend to think that it is overpriced but from experience it is cheaper than many surrounding places and is great value for money (they always fill the cup to the brim!).

2. Auld Reeker25 Jun 2013, 8:50pm5 stars Tinderbox Report

It is the only coffee shop I'll go to if I am in the Weeg.
I will take the 10 minutes off the main streets to get a nice drink from their Ingram Street branch. Their Flat White is to die for.

1. PeterM9421 Jan 2012, 1:27pm4 stars Tinderbox Report

I live near to Tinderbox and its one of the better places to get coffee in the merchant city. The coffee is not to my taste but it is consistently well made. It's a shame their is no table service given the volume of staff and the sandwiches aren't made fresh! Otheriwse it's one of the best in town!

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Average rating 3.5/5 from 5 reviews of Tinderbox.

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