Café Strange Brew

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Café Strange Brew
1082 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 3XA
  • Telephone 0141 440 7290
  • Food served Tue–Sat 9am–4.30pm; Sun 9.30am–3pm. Closed Mon.
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Friendly and funky Shawlands café with inventive cooking, vegan-friendly brunches, and some of the best coffee south of the river.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Since last year’s guide was published, Café Strange Brew has gone up in the world, moving to bigger premises to serve up its much-loved hangover-busting toasts and cakes. House favourites – smashed avo with poached eggs and chilli hollandaise sauce – remain on the menu, and seasonal changes might include a toast topped with comforting roast cauliflower and beetroot hummus, or homemade baked beans. There is also a selection of imaginatively devised baked eggs – such as the Cullen skink-inspired smoked haddock, chives, cream and cheddar. With piles of cakes to choose from and a good range of teas and coffees, lingering in the afternoon is a tempting possibility. Prices are kept on the low side in slightly home-spun surroundings and portions are generous. With its mantra to ‘keep Shawlands strange’ it has earned its place in locals’ hearts.

The List's rating






Andrea Pearson visited Café Strange Brew on 17 March 2018
  • High point: Imaginative menu
  • Low point: Surroundings more shabby than chic
  • Notable dish: Roast cauliflower with beetroot hummus on toast
  • Average price: £10 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy indie
  • Live entertainment: Pop up guest chefs and some crafting workshops
  • Capacity: 35 (6 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2015

Reviews & features

Festive Food Q&A: Laurie Macmillan, Chef / Patron of Café Strange Brew

16 Nov 2018

Mosey on over to the Shawlands café to check out the Christmas decorations and cooking

'Tis the season to gather together with loved ones and eat ourselves into a stupor until the new year. Since we've been dreaming non-stop of turkey and trimmings since the weather turned cold, we decided to ask some professional foodies about their…

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2018: Glasgow winners

17 Apr 2018

The List proudly presents the Glasgow recipients of the 2018 Eating & Drinking Guide Awards

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide has announced the winners of its reformatted Eating & Drinking Awards for 2018. To mark the guide's 25th anniversary edition, the new style for the Eating & Drinking Awards provides a single, exclusive list of…