A rustic and welcoming café housed in a charming Kelvingrove Park building, with daily specials and luxury cakes.
Every park needs a café and Kelvingrove struck lucky with this small but mighty nook nestled by a playground, and popular with families, dog walkers, strollers, joggers and general parklife. While ice cream, takeaway coffees and fancy cakes are always popular, there’s a range of more substantial food too. Their massive sausage rolls could keep you going all day, while the odd chunk of carrot in a lentil soup confirms its home-made provenance. Sandwiches too are rustic affairs, with the roast vegetable and hummus option a healthy choice. As well as wooden tables outside for sunnier days, inside there’s a breezy, quintessentially West End atmosphere, with kids’ toys, community notices and an emphasis on the home-grown, fair trade and locally sourced. Afternoon tea is a popular choice among the flaneurs, at £15 for a selection of sandwiches and tea for two. A number of local dogs, meanwhile, regularly insist their owners stop by to get them a sausage.
- High point: Location location location
- Low point: Service can be rushed at busy times
- Notable dish: Afternoon tea
No day spent in Kelvingrove Park would be complete without a stop off at An Clachan, a tardis-like hut which houses a café focused on serving seasonal produce in a relaxed family environment. Dishes such as the chorizo and bean burrito are the ideal antidote to a blustery winter’s walk, whereas in the summer months you might be more tempted by a salad tub or a Cream O’ Galloway ice cream. Those just popping in for a cake and a coffee will not be disappointed either thanks to the range of Charlie Mills blends and sweet treats on offer, most notably the warm and gooey chocolate brownie which has to be tasted to be believed.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Laidback jazz
- Live entertainment: Music events as part of West End Festival, Creative writing and art classes, craft bike in summer
- Capacity: 25 (35 outdoors)
- Largest group: 27
- Open since: 2009
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