- Box office 0141 548 6020
- General enquiries 0141 548 6020
- Opening times Mon/Tue 11am–11pm; Wed–Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm
- Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 5–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 5–10pm; Sun 12.30–9pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–7pm, Sat 5–6pm, Sun 12.30–8pm
- Pre-theatre price £14.95
- Website www.cafesource.co.uk
Beneath one of Glasgow's finest restored chruches, this basement bar and restaurant serves hearty Scottish food.
Hidden in plain sight – that’s what it feels like as you turn off Trongate and within a minute face the scale of St Andrew’s In The Square, a gigantic restored church behind Saltmarket. The main space is a luscious wedding venue, but downstairs, the bright and bistro-esque Café Source holds its own – especially for nearby residents and those who like the 5pm deal. Expect generous portions of Scottish comfort food from trusted sources, none more so than Ramsay of Carluke. They provide the haggis, the daily-changing sausages, and all manner of pig. Like a starter of pork cheek for example – slow-cooked, nice and tender – as is the main course blade of lamb. The meat is all good quality, with no shortage of accompanying mash, stovies and rumbledethumps to fill you up. There are lighter options, too: ‘the wee oak-smoked slider’ is a cute take on salmon and cream cheese and isn’t as full-on as so much else. Sandwiches and burgers have their own section on the menu for those wanting something quick and simple. Nothing is meant to be surprising here – though the concise little whisky selection isn't half bad.
Hidden up a lesser-known Merchant City side street, is the breathtaking – yet even less well-kent – St Andrews in the Square, an 18th-century restored church that is now a Centre for Music and Culture. Café Source is the casual basement restaurant and bar that provides a contemporary contrast to the building’s classic exterior. The relaxed restaurant is made up of comfy booths, stylish metal chairs, church pews with modern lighting and TV screens flickering with faux fireplace flames. The restaurant is so named so because the sourcing of Scottish ingredients is of fundamental importance. For starters try the Ramsay of Carluke haggis fritters, the hot, rich meat is contrasted by a sweet, chunky beetroot chutney. The smoked haddock and leek risotto balls are deep fried in a crisp shell and served with tangy Arran mustard cream. Main courses include roast fillet of salmon with prawn and crab fishcake and a shellfish butter, and slow-braised daube of beef. The award-winning Ramsay sausages main course is comfort food at its best: delicious pork, black pudding and apple sausages, rumbledethumps (a Scottish version of colcannon) and onion rings, which add a surprisingly delightful crispy bite to the smooth, meaty dish.
- Private dining: Up to 200 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chilled-out acoustic and jazz
- Live entertainment: 20-piece big band night (monthly), occasional jazz nights
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2000
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle