1103 Argyle Street, Glasgow.
Telephone: 0141 564 1363
The Hidden Lane is a colourful and quaint little quarter, where a number of artisans and musicians have sit up shop. Tucked away in the corner of the cobbled lane you will find The Hidden Lane Cafe easily identifiable by its bright turquoise sign sitting atop of a cascade of trailing fuchsia. The external aura of arty cheerfulness and flamboyance reflects the personality of Gill Martin, the owner, and prepares you for something a bit different.
Gill has created a great little retreat with an attractive Bohemian vibe whilst offering some very tasty food. It's one of these places that when you see what the person in front of you has ordered you just want to say 'I'll have some of that'. I had some fabulous Greek Salad and a a dinky little pot of Chai Tea - also on offer are tasty sandwiches with an amazing selection of fillings and fairtrade tea, coffee an juices. The pear tart looked amazing as did the chocolate cake with raspberries.
The clientele were a mixed bunch - a great place for workers based in the lane to pop into for a break and musicians taking some time out from recording. Jim and his band frequented the cafe when they recorded their last CD just a few doors down. The atmosphere is exceptionally friendly and possibly propelled along by Gill's sunny disposition there is quite an urge to smile at strangers or just have a little wander and check out the gallery, where artwork by local artists such as Stephanie Spindler and Duncan Macdonald is on display, alongside Gill's own photographs.
There is a variety of classy entertainment on offer including Groovey Tuesday, 7.30 p.m. With poets Aidan Mceoin and Jim Ferguson presenting an evening of poety and music every Tuesday.
The caf? has been very involved in this year's West End Festival with their Lazy Sundaze when each Sunday during the festival
(15th, 22nd & 29th June. From 5:30 - 8:30) there will be an evening of quality acoustic music, where you can hear some of Glasgow's best musicians and discover new and up and coming acts.
Tickets £4 on the door (£ 3 students)
This event has proved so popular that Gill is planning to continue this venture with regular acoustic entertainment at The Hidden Lane Cafe. Watch out for further details in our What's On.
Further events during the West End Festival will include:
Whether you head along for some entertainment or to try the tasty fare you're sure to be enchanted. You might even leave with a giant sprig of flat leaf parsley - at least that's what happened to me.
Pat Byrne, 20th June, 2008.