Café Source

Café Source
1 St Andrew's Square, Glasgow, G1 5PP
  • 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 Wed/Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight; Sun 12.30–11pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Food served Wed/Thu noon–3pm, 5–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–3pm, 5–10pm; Sun 12.30–9pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Pre-theatre times Wed–Fri 5–7pm; Sat 5–6pm; Sun 12.30–8pm
  • Pre-theatre price £16
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  • Website www.cafesource.co.uk
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Beneath one of Glasgow's finest restored churches, this basement bar and restaurant serves hearty Scottish food.

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Nestled in the basement of the restored St Andrew’s in the Square Church, Café Source is a popular venue for functions and wedding receptions, but outside of events it offers a modern take on hearty Scottish dining classics. They’re proud of their sourcing credentials, name-checked on a menu that offers a range as broad as it is tasty. It differs slightly from sister venue Café Source Too in the West End, and a warmed Ramsay’s Scotch egg with its gently oozing yolk complemented by a tomato and chilli chutney dressing, is the star of the starter section and only available at this branch. Main courses cover old favourites such as croque monsieur and haggis but also show the kitchen’s breadth with more complex dishes such as sea bass and chorizo with tomato and fennel salad. The setting is modernistic and individual booths add a bit of intimacy while the sunken sun-trap beer garden is a welcome city centre surprise for al fresco dining and drinks in the precious Glasgow sun.

The List's rating
6

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Colette Magee visited Café Source on 14 March 2019
  • High point: Big band jazz night last Friday of every month
  • Low point: Side veg a mix of over and undercooked
  • Notable dish: Haggis, neeps and tatties bhaji
  • Average price: £16 (set lunch); £19 (dinner)
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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: Acoustic / smooth jazz
  • Live entertainment: 20-piece big band night (monthly)
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2000
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle