Dandy’s Delicatessen, Clarkston

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dandy's delicagessanI don’t always hang around the West End and particularly enjoy a sortie across the river to Glasgow’s Southside.  I’m fairly familiar with Shawlands, the Gorbals and Govan but found out that it’s worth venturing into Clarkston to Dandy’s Delicatessen and Cafe. Very impressive.

It’s a classy and attractive shop with an enticing shop window. Inside the shop has been thoughtfully laid out so that it’s uncluttered and perfect for browsing with a great variety of products on display.

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What I particularly liked was spotting interesting new things to buy – that you are definitely not going to find in the supermarket. The only difficulty you’ll encounter is trying to decide what to choose  from the terrific range of artisan products available.

This includes: An amazing range of cheeses, ‘some stunning cheddars, delicious goats cheeses and award winning blues’  – the quirky Paddy’s Milestone – a Dunlop Cheese, made in the original area around Dunlop and with the milk from Ayrshire cows, was the one that appealed.

    ‘Music fans will enjoy the story behind BLUE MURDER, one of our resident Scottish cheeses. Alex James (Blur) and Highland Fine Cheeses bad boy Ruaridh Stone collaborated to make the BLUE MONDAY cheese (named after the New Order song). They had a big fall out and Alex tried to stop Ruaridh making the cheese, so he changed the name and carried on! (They both taste the same, a lovely moist, creamy blue cheese, not as rich as many blue cheeses)’

paddy's milestone

There are lots of gluten-free foods from artisan producers available at D including bread from the Bavarian Bakehouse. ‘Not only gluten-free but also wheat, dairy and egg free. Suitable for both Vegetarians and Vegans.’

You’ll also find  a fabulous range of Poacher’s pickle and all sorts of oils and dressings.  I am delighted that I bought some Doi Chaang, handcrafted, organic coffee from Thailand – aromatic and absolutely delicious.  I also picked up some Dulse, hand harvested seaweed from Celtic Waters and Portlebay Popcorn, smoky bacon and maple syrup – hand popped in Devon. My grandson, Ryan, has confirmed that it’s ‘really, really nice’.  I’ve still to try the Peter’s Yard Artisan Crispbread –but that’s on the menu tonight.

dandy's shelf

It’s a lovely place for lunch with delicious and different fresh sandwiches, beautifully presented and very generous portions.

Dandy’s Delicatessen, 44 Busby Road, Clarkston.   0141 258 1630

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