Herald Café Bar

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.
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  • 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
6.8

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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