Partick Cross café-bar with a focus on all-day breakfasts, small plates and local brews, with a big garden to boot.
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.
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: Low-key 1970s classics – Simon & Garfunkel, Gerry Rafferty, Fleetwood Mac
- Open since: 2018