Compact and cosy café next to Kelvinbridge subway with a good line in baked sweet treats.
Stumble out of Kelvinbridge Subway (no need even to ride the escalator to the bridge) and you are at Kelvin Pocket. There’s a wonderfully calm air inside – it may be something to do with the yoga and meditation leaflets in the window, or perhaps it is the cool, upcycled styling with its reclaimed chairs, fibreboard counter sides, Alasdair Gray prints and pretty William Morris cushions. The menu is equally self-assured. It is small but includes some terrific combos such as a parma ham, mozzarella and fig salad with toasted almonds, and a bruschetta with brie, honey and apple. Expect exciting flavours among the freshly made cakes and tarts (chocolate and Guinness anyone?) and there is always plenty on offer for the vegan – including great little power balls of oats, dates, chocolate and peanut for 75p each – and the coeliac. It’s a great place for tea fans – glass teapots give the Climpson and Sons loose leaves the opportunity to infuse beautifully. There is real artistry and attention to detail here.
- High point: Avocado sliced and presented like a work of art
- Low point: Not much in the way of comfort food
- Notable dish: Sourdough toast
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Capacity: 12 (4 outdoors)
- Open since: 2016