McCune Smith Café

McCune Smith Café
3–5 Duke Street, Glasgow, G4 0UL
  • Telephone 0141 548 1114
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–4pm; Sat 8am–5pm. Closed Sun.
  • Average price £6.50 (lunch)
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A historical theme may run through the menu but McCune Smith is very forward thinking in terms of its intelligent dishes and contemporary design.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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The comparative brevity of the menu at McCune Smith draws attention to the fresh on-site preparation of the food, as well as indicating the intricacies of their cooking. For instance, the selection of sandwiches, which features the imaginative pesto, goat’s cheese, and red cabbage and apple slaw on rye, and the exotic spice of sweet potato and Brazilian chicken on spelt, demonstrates a high level of thoughtfulness and diversity in the kitchen. A decadent display of cakes sits beside the till, and if you feel as though you need something to counteract the guilty indulgence of a peanut butter brownie mini pie, they have that covered too. Residing in one of the oldest parts of the city, McCune Smith is not only a gastronomic treat but a historical education, with each sandwich named after an important figure in the Enlightenment.

  • High point: Exceptional sandwiches
  • Low point: Very busy around lunchtime
  • Notable dish: James McCune Smith Sandwich
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  • Delivery: corporate/group catering only
  • 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
  • Live entertainment: exhibitions by local artists
  • Capacity: 26 (4 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 26
  • Open since: 2013

Reviews & features

Table Talk: Dan Taylor on the History of High Street

16 Sep 2015

The owner of McCune Smith Café talks about his passion for Glasgow’s past

McCune Smith, my café just off High Street, was conceived after a slave walk with the author of It Wisnae Us, Stephen Mullen. His tour used architecture to illustrate the city’s involvement in slavery. I was not only struck by how architecture is so…

Food review: McCune Smith Café

25 Sep 2013

The thought-provoking venue that breathes new life into a dining-out dead-zone in Glasgow's east end

This Duke Street premises just off the High Street was originally taken over by former GSA student Dan Taylor as a design studio, until spiralling costs necessitated a radical business re-think. When a friend suggested opening a café, of which…