Kember & Jones Fine Food Emporium
- Telephone 0141 337 3851
- Seasonal times Christmas: Mon–Sun 9am–6pm
- Bar open Mon–-Fri 11am–-10pm; Sat 11am–10pm; Sun 11am–-6pm
- Food served Mon–-Fri 8am–-10pm; Sat 9am–10pm; Sun 9am–-6pm
- Average price £13.50 (lunch); £13.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.kemberandjones.co.uk
Undisputedly one of of Glasgow’s best cafés, who grind their own coffee, and bake their own exceptionally good bread and cakes.
The rustic wooden interior and homely smell of fresh baking at Kember and Jones makes it feel more like a farmhouse bakery than a busy Byres Road spot. The menu is considered and varied, with salads, such as the beautifully balanced goat’s cheese with sun-blushed tomatoes and pine nuts, and sandwiches, including the tangy and vibrant crab and cucumber, sitting alongside a selection of platters, hot specials and the recent addition of an all-day breakfast. Through years spent establishing an ethos of quality cooking, the café is now renowned for the high standard of its dishes, particularly its breads, many of which are on display and draw in hungry shoppers from the other side of the glass frontage, and cakes which come creatively baked and generously sliced, with the white chocolate, raspberry and pistachio proving a deliciously sweet highlight.
- High point: Brilliant baking
- Low point: Prone to getting very busy
- Notable dish: All day breakfast/hot specials
It’s no surprise that one often has to wait for a lunchtime table at Kember & Jones - its virtues are many. They roast their own coffee and they bake their own bread, and most of what is on the menu is available to buy from the deli, such is their faith in the quality of the produce. The platters are a lovely way to try as much as possible – a real celebration of taste and texture. The Spanish version has slices of Serrano and chorizo alongside almonds, figs, cheeses and quince jelly. You may have tried all the parts, but to get ‘best in class’ varieties beside each other on the same board makes a lunch fit for an Iberic prince. Sandwiches and salads are balanced and big on taste, while sweet things like brownies (properly rich and gooey) and Scandic-style parsnip and orange cake bring up the rear. It’s a buzzing, chatty favourite with many West Enders (and some local celebrities).
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: no music
- Capacity: 38 (12 outdoors)
- Largest group: no bookings
- Open since: 2004
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle