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162 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6XE
  • Telephone 0141 234 2385
  • Opening times Mon/Tue 8am–6pm; Wed–Fri 8am–10pm; Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 9am–6pm
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Partick Cross café-bar with a focus on all-day breakfasts, small plates and local brews, with a big garden to boot.

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Taking over Siempre Bicycle Café at Partick Cross, which was all white, clinical and a bit healthy-looking, Knolls has transformed into a cosy spot, heavy with rustic wood from furnishings to wall panels. It’s working on that café/bar cross-over, open until 10pm a few nights, but it’s a strong café vibe. It’s always been a good commuter spot, with one side down the subway entrance, while it’s roomy enough to accommodate mums and prams without disturbing the solitary laptoppers – or is that vice versa? Plus there’s the huge bonus of a garden out back. Extensive brunch options feature – mixing the trad with the rad – as well as sandwiches that look like they might actually eat you instead. A bit pricey but they’re big – the Reubens is an enjoyable triple-decked toasted mass of pastrami, pickles and Swiss cheese. There’s a small but thoughtfully stocked bar for when the night draws in, and the menu is dynamic with specials to drag an appreciative crowd back.

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Jay Thundercliffe visited Knolls on 20 March 2019
  • High point: Brunch in the sun
  • Low point: Big sangers – doggy bag available
  • Average price: £11 (lunch); £11 (dinner)
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Low-key 1970s classics – Simon & Garfunkel, Gerry Rafferty, Fleetwood Mac
  • Open since: 2018