- 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–Thu 5–6.30pm, Fri 5–7pm, Sat 5–6pm, Sun 12.30–9pm
- Average price £14.95 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £14.95
- Website www.cafesource.co.uk
Beneath one of Glasgow's finest Georgian buildings, this basement bar and restaurant serves hearty Scottish food.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
St Andrew’s in the Square is a rare gem, a fine Georgian church now used as a performance venue focusing on Scottish culture. Downstairs in the crypt is the original branch of Café Source – this one opened in 2000, eleven years before its sister restaurant in the West End. The interior is a slightly odd mixture of modern metal and old wood, comfortable booths and bar stools, but the overall effect is comfortable and welcoming, even if it doesn’t quite live up to the architectural splendours above. The menu (exactly the same as Café Source Too, though blackboard specials differ) is strong on quality Scottish produce, and portions are generous. A trio of home-made terrines is a starter that would almost do as a main, and excellent fish and chips and sausage and mash are unlikely to leave much room for pudding. Slightly more refined dishes include duck breast, big salads and the fish of the day (pan-fried sea bass is a favourite). There are some excellent deals on offer, several of which include wine, while the à la carte offers decent value.
- High point: Hearty, wholesome Scottish grub
- Low point: They could do more with the décor
- Notable dish: Smoked pork loin with braised pig cheek, gnocchi and pea and leek cream
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: Folk, Nick Drake-style
- Live entertainment: 20-piece big band night
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2000
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle