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.

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.

Devil's Deli Menu

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.

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.

Avenue G coffee

 

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.