by Amy Glasgow
We’re extremely lucky in Glasgow that in the West End alone, there are so many incredible eateries to choose from. So much so that actually choosing where to dine can be quite overwhelming. Which ones are good? Which ones will let you down? I’m here to help! Each month, I’ll bring you my top five spots for a specific category or type of cuisine. This month, since it’s summer and we’re finally getting some decent weather, lets talk about the best west end foodie spots to grab something to enjoy in the park. We all love a wee al fresco picnic in the park, so why not try these spots to fill your picnic basket next time…
Might sound odd to get picnic food from a wine bar, but these Woodlands favourites have recently launched new takeaway charcuterie picnic bowls! Served in biodegradable takeaway bowls, they are filled with classic charcuterie snacks like breadsticks, hummus, fresh fruit and vegetables, olives, sourdough and fresh charcuterie meats and cheeses. Plus, they are just a short walk away from Kelvingrove Park, so grab a bowl and enjoy!
There is also the option to add on a chilled bottle of their natural and biodynamic wines as well to take it up a notch, but remember, no drinking it in the park! Save it for the garden.
LE PETIT COQ
You can’t beat a quality sandwich in the sunshine, can you? Especially when they are served in delicious French bread and slathered with Oui Knob flavoured butters. Since it opened just a couple of months ago, Le Petit Coq has received rave reviews for its loaded sandwiches, tartines, pastries and sweet treats (they even have brownies provided by the incredible Pudge’s Cakery).
For meat eaters, you’ve got to try The Oui Dip – sliced roast beef, dijon mustard, gruyere, caramelised onion and finished with Oui Knob Garlic & Herb butter. Heaven. And with it being within walking distance of both the Botanic Gardens AND Kelvingrove, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to your dining location.
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Fancy something a bit more substantial? Then why not visit the newly opened 29 States in Broomhill? This Indian takeaway offers classic curries that are perfect for enjoying al fresco. They even have a lunch offer which includes any starter, curry and rice or naan for just £12.95 from 12 to 3pm
Starters include veggie, chicken, haggis or mixed pakora, and curry for main course, which can be served with either chicken, lamb or vegetable. Go classic and mild korma or add a little bit of spice by opting for a Jalandri or Balti.
Oh, and we have a discount! Use the code Westender when you’re ordering for collection and save some extra pennies.
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You simply cannot go wrong with a Paesano pizza, can you? With their reasonable pricing and delicious topping options, there’s a reason why this place is a Glasgow institution. As well as their standard selection of pizzas, there are weekly specials available too, so make sure you check what they are before you order!
My go to is pretty much always the number 7, with fresh Tuscan fennel sausage, oh and a portion of the delicious spicy n’duja mascarpone – it’s perfect for dipping your crusts into. Just make sure you recycle your pizza box when you’re finished – we got to keep Glasgow clean!
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LOOP AND SCOOP
In the mood for something sweet? Then it simply has to be Loop and Scoop. It is, in my opinion, one of the best places to get ice cream in the West End, and with its ever-changing roster of flavours, you’ll never get bored.
Go for just a few scoops of your favourite ice cream, or go all out and order the namesake, the Loop & Scoop. A supersized glazed loop of freshly made churro, with two scoops of any gelato flavours. Or if you just want the churros, I highly recommend the filled churros with beuno filling. They are messy but so so worth it.
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