Where to Have Brunch in Glasgow: My Top Picks

This is a post that’s been a long time coming. I mean, if you happen to catch my Instagram Stories on a weekend (and let’s be honest – the odd weekday here and there…), you’re more than likely to catch me brunching – yes, it’s probably a cliche, and I’m totally OK with that. Brunch in Glasgow is serious business after all.

I think I first declared my love of the humble brunch here and, over the last few months, I’ve been getting more and more requests to share my favourite brunch spots across the city. Rather than split them up into separate posts, I thought I would share my top picks of where to have brunch in Glasgow in one handy round up!

These places all offer something unique, over and above your usual run-of-the-mill eggs and bacon. You’ll soon see why they are my favourites!

Grab a fork and let’s dig in…

Cafe Strange Brew, 1109 Pollokshaws Road

Keeping Shawlands strange since 2015, Glasgow indie cafes don’t come much cooler than our Strange Brew. Not only have these guys recently moved into a bigger space (because, damn, the demand for avo-on-toast in the Southside is STRONG!) but they’ve also given their menu a little bit of a makeover with more of their awesome twists on the traditional bunch fare! My tip? Order the pancakes with apricot, lavender honey, mascarpone and blueberries. Or basically any of their magical one-off weekend specials. Hashtag YASS.

Crossing The Rubicon, 372 Great Western Road

Some of you might remember that I talked about Crossing The Rubicon fairly recently BUT, as well as their excellent vegetarian curries, the restaurant also offers a pretty fantastic brunch menu. What sets them apart is that they still bring their experimental, East-meets-West (end!) style to their brunches and you can expect Besan toast and a fully loaded breakfast naan to name just a couple of dishes. My favourite is the sweet potato hash & eggs – served in a skillet and pure comfort food at its best.

Singl-end Cafe and Bakehouse, 265 Renfrew Street 

One of the (many, many) things that keeps me coming back to Singl-end is that, not only do they serve brunch, cake and kick-ass playlists all under one roof, but they are also a bakery. Which means the smell of fresh artisan bread is constantly wafting in the air (if that smell was a perfume, I’m not ashamed to say I would probably wear it…). Which means you get to eat still-warm, fluffy slices with your brunch (ooh, heaven is a place on earth!) and who could say no to that?! I just love Singl-end’s take on Eggs Benedict – their cashew and tarragon ‘hollandaise’ is the bomb. Get it with an egg-stra (sorry!) slice of bread for dipping and thank me later!

Bottomless Brunch at McPhabbs, 23 Sandyford Place 

You know what’s even better than one plate of brunch? How about multiple plates of brunch?! In just a few short months, the bottomless brunch extravaganzas at McPhabbs have become sell-out events for foodies all over Glasgow. Gary and I managed to book places for the most recent one, which took place last weekend. The menu is different each time, which keeps things super fun and interesting. Last weekend, we enjoyed an American diner-themed feast – peanut butter and jelly French Toast, anyone? Also, coffee aficionados may like to note that they serve Papercup coffee. Just sayin’…

Until they invent a meal between breakfast and brunch, it’s safe to say you’ll catch me grabbing brunch in Glasgow most weekends at any of these spots! But I want to hear from you too: where is your favourite brunching hangout? And, would YOU wear perfume that smelled like fresh baking?

The Glasgow Veggie Diaries: Brunch at Hutchesons

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The story so far: This year, Gary and I decided to cut out meat from our diets, which has meant a huge change in the way we eat (and WHAT we eat, of course!).

With this in mind, I want to continue to share my experiences dining out in the city, but with a new focus. I want to give you guys the scoop on the places that aren’t serving meat-free menus as a mere afterthought – the places with dishes to delight everybody in your posse. You’ll find me sharing all the details here in The Glasgow Veggie Diaries – I hope you’ll join me as I try out vegetarian options in Glasgow and report back on what you can expect!

This week, The Glasgow Veggie Diaries takes on a meal very close to my heart: BRUNCH!

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When it comes to weekend activities, brunch falls pretty high on my list of priorities. There aren’t many other meals where you can combine the sweet and the savoury, or are encouraged to spend a long time hanging out and chatting while you eat. Brunch is for catching up, for sharing ideas and relaxing, and is the ultimate ‘me time’ meal.

And in Glasgow, brunches don’t come much better than the ones at Hutchesons Bar and Brasserie. Beloved by shoppers, couples, families and groups of girlfriends, brunch at Hutchesons is a delicious and decadent affair!

Recently, Hutchesons launched their new Bubbles & Brunch menu, which runs from 11am to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. After being invited to come along and try their new spin on the classic weekend brunch, I grabbed the attention of my blogging babe Lori with the promise of eggs, avocado and a good blether.

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About Hutchesons Bar and Brasserie

Hutchesons is a venue in Glasgow’s Merchant City area with a rich history. It was built in the early 1800’s and has seen many incarnations including a library, a bank and exhibition space. Nowadays, it is of course known for its award-winning food and grand decor (they’ve just bagged a Scottish Style Award dontcha know?!) – with many of the building’s traditional features maintained.

Dining in Hutchesons and taking in the surroundings is an experience in itself – think high, detailed ceilings, intricate fireplaces and lush palm leaves. It’s a surefire way to make any meal feel like an occasion. Not ones to pass up an excuse to get fancy, we donned our favourite floral frocks for our brunch date!

Bubbles & Brunch

Brunch at Hutchesons was already a pretty great way to kick-start the weekend, and the team at Hutchesons have thought about how to go that extra step by introducing the Bubbles & Brunch menu. Designed for two to share, you can expect freshly baked butter croissants, orange juice (also fresh!), a bottle of Prosecco and a choice each from the nine brunch dishes on the menu.

The brunch dishes themselves are varied – from pancakes, to french toast, poached eggs, and even a classic Caesar salad – and most of the menu is suitable for vegetarians (the pancakes and french toast are both served with bacon, but can be requested without bacon too). I decided on eggs Florentine while Lori chose the avocado on toasted bread (this usually comes with poached egg but Lori requested it scrambled, which wasn’t a problem).

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Sweet Treats and Saturday Chattering

The croissants arrived warm and just before the rest of the dishes, and we enjoyed relaxing in our comfy booth and catching up in the meantime. I sipped on orange juice while Lori tried some of the Prosecco (which she confirmed tasted lovely and was a great accompaniment to the food) and got her mimosa on!

Egg-citing Times

When it comes to brunch, I just can’t see past ordering eggs. Any eggs really, but especially if they are poached to perfection (this is why I try to get away with breakfast dishes for dinner more than I should!). My eggs Florentine were delicious, gooey and golden, served on fluffy white muffins.

Lori’s smashed avocado came with chilli and lime on top of toast, with a petite skillet of scrambled eggs on the side. We both agreed that we would happily eat it all over again.

If you fancy starting your weekend in style, I suggest you grab your lipstick and a gal pal (or boy pal!) before hot-footing it to brunch at Hutchesons. You can find out more about their Bubbles & Brunch offer here, and catch up with my other Glasgow Veggie Diaries adventures here!

Are you as obsessed with brunch as I am? And just for fun: who would your dream brunch date be?

Because I’m all about that brunch, ’bout that brunch…

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Thank you to the team at Hutchesons Bar and Brasserie