This restaurant has ceased trading.

20-22 St Georges Road, Glasgow, G3 6UJ
  • Telephone 0141 258 3540
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7.30am–8pm; Sat 8.30am–8pm; Sun 9am–8pm
  • Average price £9 (lunch)
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Housed in the bowels of the A-listed Mansions at Glasgow's busy Charing Cross, a few enticing steps from Starbucks, Gesso (pronounced Jesso – as in the art material) stretches far back from the small frontage into a large pleasant café, with room at the back for the regular art exhibitions livening up the ample wall space. It’s an attractive spot, contemporary and appealing, with mixed furniture of tables for the many studious types and the odd sofa for the loungers. There's a decent line in local supplies-to-go as well as a range of sandwiches, snacks, brunches and cakes and bakes. Having recently been taken over by Tinderbox – the café wing of Glasgow coffee giant Matthew Algie – it remains to be seen whether it can hold on to its indie-arty ethos.

  • High point: Good space for art with a brew
  • Low point: Not quite as independent as it was
  • Average price: £9 (lunch)
  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Art exhibitions, etc