My Home Bakery – Eat More Cake!

My Home Bakery is wonderful. I’ve been here twice now and only stay away to try and preserve onto my waistline!

The bakery is on Hyndland Street around the border of Partick and Hyndland and has recently celebrated their 2nd birthday. It’s simple they do great coffee and great baked goods and offer this simple mantra.

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They have a few seats inside and the first time I visited we were having some unseasonal Spring sunshine, so sitting inside looking out was ideal. They bake an incredible selection of cakes, pies and bread and one of my particular favourites is the chicken and bacon Farmers’ Breakfast. I could describe some of the other delights, but I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking. (They also do cakes to order, so if you have a special occasion coming up, give them a shout.

Glorious Govan!

I tweeted (@AllAboutGlasgow) a couple of weeks ago that the (free) ferry had started running from the Riverside Museum to Govan. Shortly after, my friend Liz posted on Facebook that she had taken said ferry to Govan so I asked if I could include her words and pictures as a guest blog. Happily she said yes, so here they are.

“Hopped on the free ferry at the Riverside Museum over to Govan to explore the industrial heritage of the area. Designed by Keppie, the offices of the Fairfield Ship Yards – the template of all Glasgow’s (UK and beyond) greatest shipyards – are quite magnificent. Saved from demolition through the persistence of people with vision, this is yet another example of a Glasgow hidden gem. The volunteer guide who took the small group of us on a guided tour was clearly passionate about his subject. Check out the website and pay a visit.”

Thanks to Liz for this. I love the way that the ferry links Partick and Govan. As well as the Fairfield Ship Yards, a visit to Old Govan Parish Church to see the Govan Stones which date from the 9th-11th centuries is a must.

Three Judges – excellent beer…and some jazz

If you like your beer and you’re in Glasgow, you can’t miss a visit to the Three Judges and if you like jazz too, then make sure you go on a Sunday.

We popped in a few weeks ago and there was the usual range of excellent beers, they usually have 9 different real ales every day.

The Three Judges Glasgow

It was a Sunday and the jazz was great, but I’m afraid I didn’t get the name of the band.

The pub is on Dumbarton Road looking up Byres Road and just a minute from Kelvinhall subway station. It’s somewhere I’ve been going on and off for years and if want to take your dog with you, you’ll be pleased to find that it’s a dog friendly pub. This wee chap was visiting when we were there.

Three Judges dog friendly

The Three Judges has been the recipient of many awards, including CAMRA Glasgow Cask Ale Pub of the Year and is somewhere not to miss.

The Yorkhill Easter Egg Run

I’ve lived in Glasgow for many years, but the Yorkhill Easter Egg Run is something I still love to watch (it gives me goosebumps :-)) Where else can you see a convoy of motor bikes, with riders and bikes all dressed up (bunny ears aplenty!) riding through the streets? If you stand at the side of the road watching it takes a good 15 minutes for them all to go by. Starting at the SECC, the run ends at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital. This video is from the 2011 run.

 

 

2015 is the 36th year the run has taken place and you can find out more about its history here. Although it’s called the Easter Egg Run, bikers are now asked to get sponsorship, raising money for the Yorkhill Children’s Charity, who do amazing work at the hospital.

If you want to see the bikes go past, they start at 11 and here’s this year’s route:

SECC Carpark; Stobcross Road; Finnieston Street; Clydeside Express Way; Argyle Street; West Campbell Street; Bath Street; North Street; Woodlands Road; Park Street; Great Western Road; Crow Road; Rosevale Street; Beith Street; Benalder Street; Old Dumbarton Road; Dalnair Street; Through Hospital to Yorkhill staff car park.

 

 

Devil’s Deli – a lovely new cafe

This is a great new addition to Partick, a small cafe doing coffee from Glasgow’s own Dear Green Coffee Roasters and a nice variation of breakfasts and lunches.

Sadly I went in on a rather grim rainy morning so photos wouldn’t have done it justice, so I’ll let you take a peep at the menu instead.

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I had a cappuccino (only £2, which is a bit less than the West End average) and a roll and links sausage. I was rather excited to find they did links sausage as well as square. The variety of filling for breakfast rolls includes all the usual fare, plus a few extras and next time I think I might try egg, tomato and avocado.

The lunch menu looks good, they smoke all their own meat and will provide a vegetarian version of each sandwich.

When I go back (which I’m keen to) I’ll get some better images, but for now have a look at this wee drawing made in the cafe by the very talented Wil Freeborn.

Glasgow Coat of Arms in the sun

I was out in Glasgow’s West End this morning and noticed the late February sun catching the gates of the Botanic Gardens at the entrance on the junction of Great Western Road and Queen Margaret Drive.

Glasgow’s Coat of Arms (granted by the Lord Lyon in 1866) are on the gates. The emblems on the gate relate to Glasgow’s Patron Saint, St Mungo ( that was his nickname, his proper name was Kentigern)

There is an oak tree, a bell, a robin, a salmon, a ring and Glasgow’s motto ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’ which is shortened from the phrase “Lord, let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of the word.”

The story behind theses things can be found here on the Glasgow Story website. When you’re visiting Glasgow see how many places you can see the Coat of Arms around the city.

Avenue G Glasgow Cafe

Avenue G – A Cafe specialising in coffee

Avenue G is just one of the Glasgow West End’s great cafes and luckily there are 2 branches.

The first opened in Byres Road 4 years ago and has proved to be very successful with excellent coffee, freshly made cakes & bread and soup & scones that are made in house. They also make great sandwiches and they use lots of lovely Scottish produce.

I love to sit upstairs so that I can look out of the window onto the comings and goings of Byres Road and watch the staff working below.

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And so that I can keep an eye on the baking!

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As they say themselves ‘Coffee is what we do’ and about a year ago they opened a 2nd premises The Avenue Roasting Company in Great Western Road, with their own coffee roaster. This cafe has the emphasis on coffee, although they still do very good food. You can buy their coffee beans (or have them ground) from both branches.

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A misty Glasgow West End morning

You’re never far from water or greenery in the West End of Glasgow. I was walking over the bridge on Queen Margaret Drive this morning to find that the mist had come up and the River Kelvin was looking very atmospheric. Sadly I didn’t have a proper camera with me, but the camera phone coped quite well.

The sun burnt through quite quickly and it’s now a gloriously sunny Winter day.

North Star Cafe Glasgow

North Star – my favourite Glasgow Cafe

You could write  a book on Glasgow Cafes, but making my first blog post about my favourite one seems like a good place to start.

Maurizio and Ester took over North Star Cafe 2 or 3 years ago and have developed it into a warm and friendly place, where it’s often nearly impossible to find a seat.

The cafe is open from 8 in the morning (except on Sundays when it opens at 10) until about 5.30 in the evening. They serve breakfasts (the french toast is particularly popular) and breakfast rolls, panini, homemade soup, sandwiches, foccacia and lots of homemade baking including gluten free cakes. They also make excellent coffee and make freshly squeezed orange juice.

But what really sets this Glasgow cafe apart are the lunchtime specials.  Maurizio is an excellent chef and every day you can choose from one of 2 specials, which he cooks from scratch. (so you do have to wait a bit) Many of these traditional Italian dishes, some have a Scottish flavour and he often cooks what’s fresh that day. If you take a look at their Facebook Page you’ll see lots of pictures of the yummy things he creates. The dish in the picture was amazing and we even got to sit outside.

Gorgeous prawns in fresh tomatoes.

Gorgeous prawns in fresh tomatoes.

Ester keeps things running like clockwork and remembers everyone’s name. For many locals, North Star has become a 2nd home.They are very much part of the Queen Margaret Drive Comminity which is a thriving area independent shops and businesses. There are 2 street festivals a year and the picture at the top was taken during the Winter Festival where Maurizio was making crepes outside the front of the cafe.

If you’re up in Byres Road or visiting the Botanic Gardens, it’s only a 5 minute walk up to Queen Margaret Drive, so you have no excuse not to check it out.