Café housed within the Riverside Museum, complete with views on to the Clyde and a large menu catering well to dietary requirements.
Just as the Museum itself, with its vintage transport collection and recreation of an old Glasgow street, is hugely popular with families with children, so is the café: weekends especially can be mobbed, even early on. But it’s no wonder, for this exceptionally pleasant café combines corporate efficiency with a stunning view of the river and the Tall Ship, along with great service. The menu is brisk and comprehensive, with breakfasts; soups, snacks and salads; a children’s section; and mains including satisfyingly meaty pies, decent quality fish and chips, and a huge, oozy beefburger. Desserts are indulgent, but a cranachan overwhelms its oats with too much cream. The dishes are all well presented, which is fitting in such a stylised building. Upstairs there is also a more basic takeaway café and the museum refreshingly even offers facilities for those who just want to eat a packed lunch – but it might be worth treating yourself, because this is a café which knows its target market exactly and caters to them well.
- High point: Excellent service
- Low point: May need to wait for a table at busy times
- Notable dish: Riverside pies - braised beef and sausage
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 150
- Largest group: 150
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle