Central Market

Central Market
51 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1PA
  • Telephone 0141 552 3530
  • Food served Sun–Thu 9am–10pm; Fri/Sat 9am–1am
  • Average price £14 (lunch); £21 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £13.50
  • Email
  • Website www.centralmarketglasgow.co.uk
Central Market
Eating & Drinking Guide

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The food at Central Market appears to be almost effortlessly accomplished. The bistro’s impressive oyster and champagne bar takes centre stage in the cleverly designed, two-tier space – with airier ground floor looking out through huge windows on to a less-travelled corner of the Merchant City and a more discreet mezzanine. Premium seafood sourced from Scotland’s waters is heavily featured, but also on offer are a range of more straightforward and familiar staples, such as steaks and burgers, alongside items that are rarely seen on menus in Glasgow. These include, for example, an enjoyable starter of beef brisket with sriracha mayo and mushroom kimchi and a main course of spatchcock poussin with chipotle, root vegetable salad and blue cheese dressing. On the dessert menu, there’s a Scottish classic with an enticing twist – apple cranachan. The chefs’ talents are to the fore throughout, quite rightly, as they work away, conjuring up platefuls that delight in both taste and texture. The industrial interior and minimal menu descriptions signal a bistro that is modern in outlook, dishing up plates of top food.

  • High point: Crab tart brimming with exciting flavour
  • Low point: Industrial minimalism can feel a little detached
  • Notable dish: Oysters

Central Market Glasgow, a new café, restaurant and deli, has opened its doors on Bell Street in Glasgow’s historic Merchant City. Inspiration for the name was taken from the old fruit, vegetable and cheese markets which thrived in the area in the early 19th century and were referred to as the ‘central markets’.

The restaurant will be serving modern British food. Chefs Andy Lambert and Neil Palmer have developed a menu which includes the very best in seasonal and sustainable produce. Plates include: grilled sardines, oysters, steak tartare, roast ling, ox cheek stew and Iberico pork shoulder steak. A sandwich menu is available all day. Andy and Neil previously worked at Urban Brasserie and Malmaison respectively.

With 50 covers, Central Market Glasgow will be open from 8am Monday to Friday; 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Appetisers are from £4.50 and plates start at £9. Wines have been carefully selected to match the food. Six ‘Wine Flights’ each consisting of three different wines in 100ml servings, allow customers to try a wider selection from the wine list.

The deli area will be selling the full wine list; artisan breads from Different Breid; coffee from Coffee Chocolate Tea, both local suppliers, and a range of oils and vinegars from A l’Olivier.

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  • Private dining: Up to 36 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: jazz
  • Capacity: 56
  • Largest group: 36
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £15.95 per bottle

Comments & ratings

1. Sparky2414 Mar 2013, 3:43pm5 stars Central Market Report

This a lovely addition to merchant city - feels like it'll be here a while.
It's A beautiful looking place and the menu is interesting and doesn't rely on the same old combinations. Would like to see some specials but they are perhaps working up to that.

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