Emirates Arena Café

Emirates Arena Café
1000 London Road, Glasgow, G40 3HG
Eating & Drinking Guide

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It’s not always listed on the menu, but they do serve chips. Not noteworthy for a stadium eatery, perhaps, but worth mentioning here as Emirates Arena Café, run by Glasgow CIty Council caterers Encore, is setting the pace for a new leaner, fresher, healthier breed of stadium food – with not a burger in sight. This, along with seasonally inspired menus, helped it become the first leisure facility to achieve the admirable Gold Food for Life Catering Mark. Transparency – all ingredients for salads and sandwiches are visible – also allows for a tailor-made approach to taking on fuel between training sessions. And choice is key: virtuous tubs of fresh fruit sit beside jolly tubs of strawberry cheesecake. A commitment to quality ingredients is evident: Ayrshire ham, ribboned with thin strands of fat, is worlds away from squares found in supermarket packets; black olives are shrivelled and salty and sun-drenched with flavour; and a range of fresh past os made with organic flour. All this, along with the clean, modern design – and large window onto the arena itself – make this an appealing place to satisfy the appetite you’ve worked up while working out.

  • High point: Mango Tango smoothie is Olympic standard
  • Low point: Closed during the Commonwealth Games (food vans will be outside)
  • Notable dish: Greek feta salad with black olives, mixed leaves, croutons and garlic and herb dressing
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2014
  • House wine: £14.85 per bottle

Reviews & features

Restaurant review: Emirates Arena Café

27 Mar 2014

The café offers an attractive insight into the legacy many hope for from Glasgow 2014

They aren’t always listed on the menu, but chips are served. No surprise for a stadium eatery, perhaps, but worth mentioning here as the Emirates Arena Café, run by Cordia’s hospitality wing Encore, is setting the pace for a leaner, fresher, healthier…