Herald Café Bar

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Herald Café Bar
Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DN
  • Telephone 0141 287 2917
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 9am–7.15pm; Fri/Sat 9am–4pm. Closed Sun.
  • Food served Mon–Thu 9am–6pm; Fri/Sat 9am–3.30pm. Closed Sun.
  • Email
  • Website www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries/…
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The iconic library’s bar and café offering staple mains, served in an open, minimalist space ideal for study breaks and lunch meetings.

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This big, bright space at the entrance of the Mitchell Library is a cheerful spot to take a break. There are lots of different seating areas – standing at a counter overlooking the street, in booths, at tables or in cosy nooks and, with a lending section adjacent, you need not be short of reading material while you eat. Breakfast is served before midday, offering the full Scottish or just a hearty breakfast roll. There’s a decent range of lunch options comprising sandwiches, omelettes, baked potatoes and daily specials. Fillings include carrot and hummus, goat’s cheese and red onion and chicken with mango. Chilli-laden nachos are a warming, filling pick. The café gets very busy at weekends and lunchtimes but, with patience, you can usually snag a seat before too long. Bar service also reopens in the evening when events are running at the adjacent Mitchell Theatre.

The List's rating






Bronwen Livingstone visited Herald Café Bar on 24 March 2018
  • High point: Food, drink and books – what's not to like?
  • Low point: Hard to find a seat at busy times
  • Notable dish: Full Scottish breakfast
  • Average price: £8.50 (lunch)
  • Private dining: 80 and 100
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Live entertainment: The Mitchell Theatre is a Celtic Connections and Aye Write venue, also hosts drama and comedy performances
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: Wine sold by the glass only per bottle