Delis in the West End – Pat’s guide
One of the things I really enjoy about the West End is the abundance of great delicatessens and speciality food shops – where you can find just about everything ‘to go!’ I am going to start this section by highlighting some of my favourites and I will build it up as I go along. Remember, you can add your own recommendations by using the comments button at the bottom of the page.
Delicatessens and Speciality Food Shops
Mother India – The Den
1355 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8AD
Phone: 0141 339 9145
Dine In or Choose from the Deli
Right beside Mother India’s Cafe, across the road from Kelvingrove Art Galleries. Mother India chefs will prepare your take away food to the same high standards in full or Tapas sized portions.
The deli counter offers a range of cooked and chilled foods and chilled foods, specialising in light and healthy traditional Indian dishes with a good selection of fish and vegetarian options. Plus a range of breads, chutneys and salads.
If you like to cook Indian food you will find a selection of herds, spices and fresh seasonal produce, along with kitchen untensils and recipe ideas.
You can also dine in the small restaurant, which is fully licensed and also offers a BYOB corkage charge of £3.50 per bottle of wine.
152 Park Road,
Glasgow, G4 9HB
0141 763 0399
The doors are now open and the arrival of this new Italian restaurant/cafe/deli could not have received a more rapturous welcome. Enthusiastic customers are arriving in their droves – keen to sample authentic Italian food in Glasgow. (Opened Autumn 2015)
Enjoy dining in, take away or order from their fabulous Cantina for your own private parties.
106 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8TB
An amazing selection of beautiful cheeses, local products, chutneys and preserves. The cheese is the main thing. George is very friendly and welcoming and sets a fine example for his staff. Young Ryan Irvine is an asset and all of the staff are very pleasant and knowledgeable. It’s a treat to shop in.
I included it in a wee feature I wrote. Winter wander on Byres Road, George Mewes and The Chip/
Sonny & Vitos’ Cafe / Deli
52 Park Road, Glasgow, G4 9JG.
Email: [email protected]
A favourite choice for lunch with tantalising homemade soup and snacks or coffee. You will also be tempted to take away a range of delicious deli produce and the shelves are stacked with things you won’t find in the supermarket.
The Pelosi family business, named after the twin sons of Angela and Mario Pelosi, is one of Glasgow West End’s most popular bistros. It’s a very vibrant place with an increasingly enthusiastic and loyal clientele; described by Angela Pelosi as:
“a mixed bag – consisting of local residents, business people, wine buffs, foodies and people who enjoy cooking; and are used to sourcing the best quality produce on offer”.
Brightening up Hyndland Street, down in Partick, is Delizique – you can’t miss this lovely little shop. It offers a great selection of organic produce and Scottish fare. Lots of delectable ready cooked fare and great cakes. Apparently one of the partners used to star in ‘Father Ted’ but I’ve not come across any staff with an Irish brogue as yet.
108 Queen Margaret Drive, North Kelvinside. Tel. 00 44 (0)141 946 5365.
Still maintaining its popularity since Iain Mackenzie opened it a couple of years back in 2000. His idea was to have:
“a shop that you can sit down in” – “a type of neighbourhood cafe, which also sells lots of great food products, gorgeous pottery, really brilliant coffee, home baking and orange juice freshly squeezed before your very eyes”. There are more seats now so it’s more of a bistro than a shop now, but you can still buy nice bread and coffee and things to take away. (March, 2003). The shop has since changed hands but continues to attract loyal customers.
Lupe Pintos – 313 Great Western Road
Bringing hot stuff to Glasgow from Mexico – via Edinburgh. Lupe Pinto is a great edition to the interesting shopping and eating scene which is expanding in this part of Great Western Rd. Located between Kelvinbridge and St Georges Cross – you are just a subway ride away from great tortillas, chorizo, chili peppers, tequila and even their own recipe book’Two Cooks and a Suitcase’ by Doug Bell and Rhoda Robertson. This couple opened their deli in Edinburgh after an inspirational trip to Mexico. Gerry runs the Glasgow shop with suitable aplomb and enthusiasm. Telephone: 00 44 (0)141 334 5444.
I.J. Mellis – Cheesemonger
at 492 Great Western Road, Kelvinbridge.
What an impressive selection of cheeses they have in this shop; if you are a cheese lover you can’t afford not to pay Mellis’s a visit. Their brie, cheddar, gouda and parmigiano will all be wonderful but fairly commonplace. You need a Doctorate in Cheeses to work in this shop where the range on offer seems infinite. The staff can tell you about every variation and all the subtleties of flavour and will let you try out a wee bit before you decide what to buy. You’ll just keep coming back for more.
Peckham’s successful chain of speciality foodshops has two branches in the West End: Byres Road (00 44 (0)141 357 1454) and Hyndland Road, Hyndland (00 44 (0)141 357 2909)
They have a great selection of interesting lines including great coffee, wonderful bread, cold meats and pate, and tempting gateaux – including the dreaded ‘Death by Chocolate’. Their smoked haddock and leek quiche is very impressive. They also stock a super range of wines. Peckham’s is the creme de la creme of delis – it’s a great place to go for a wee treat or, as is a Scottish custom, to buy a gift to take when visiting friends. (Peckhams have grown bigger and better in recent years and moved from smaller shops to other larger locations nearby – their new shop (2002) further up Byres Road is a great spot for bumping into people).
491 Great Western Road, Kelvinbridge.00 44 (0)141 337 3001
This deli does a brisk trade in sandwiches and coffees to go. Fresh sandwiches and filled rolls are made up whilst you wait with some very imaginative choices: Try their ‘Niagra Viagra’ – choritzo, melted cheese and spicy mayo on a baguette or ‘Italian Stallion’ – foccaccia with chicken breast, bacon, lettuce and tomato. I must ask them what the female equivalent choices are? They also have all the favourites – apple slices, carrot cake, danish pastries, a good selection of bread and bages, cold meats and cheeses.
Roots and Fruits (Wholefoods and Organics)
Yes, Roots and Fruits have added to their little row of shops just before Otago Street and this deli has joined their flower shop and long established greengrocers. Here you can find everything for the healthy eater including organic icecream. They’ve also got Jim’s favourite Rooibois tea.
The Cave, 421 Great Western Road
Friendly local deli with great selection of world wines and beers. Tel:00 44 (0)141357 5550
Oriental Foods – 307 Great Western Road
An extensive range of oriental and asian produce including halal. Tel:00 44 (0)141 334 8133
KRK Continential Foodstores
– Woodlands Road.
Everything you’ll ever need to make an amazing curry and lots besides. This is a great shop to browse around and discover exotic ingredients. Their selection of Asian sweets is very tempting.
Don’t forget to let me know about any of your own favourites so that I can add them to the list.
—Leslie ( amphioxus at btopenworld dot com ) from uk on 25.8.2002; 20:37:29 Uhr
What about Heart Buchanan on the deli page – it really is rather good?!
—K ( asdf at hotmail dot com ) from UK on 16.7.2002; 19:51:50 Uhr
Nice website. As previous comment, would be good to have telephone numbers. Need to locate curry leaves for a recipe. Any ideas where I would get the? Would rather phone round first than tramp round on a wet Saturday afternoon!
I Think your web site is GRRRRREAT.
I would have liked to see a picture of Scherezade (not sheherazade)
But the rest is tops the web could be doing with more web-sites of this high standard.
—H . Ali ( e-mail at gcal dot ac dot uk ) from Scotland on 28.7.2000; 0:00:00 Uhr
Hi Auntie Pat how are you? I thought I would comment for a change and tell you that I think the site is great. I would also like to volunteer to review any of the nightlife in the west end for you. Strictly for research purposes of course!
see you soon.
—Danielle ( danielleyo at hotmail dot com ) from Scotland on 5.3.2000; 0:00:00 Uhr
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