Warm and welcoming coffee house in Glasgow's west end.
Before having Joseph, going for brunch was one of my all-time favourite things to do and living in Bristol meant that we had an abundance of local and organic food places on our doorstep.
Since moving to Glasgow nearly 6 months ago, we've happily discovered that this beautiful city is also fast-becoming renowned for not only its haggis and Lorne sausage, but also for its local quality produce and hipster joints that seem to be popping up all over the city.
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Contrary to popular belief, just because we've had a baby, doesn't mean that we no longer want to eat good food. Yet unfortunately, many places that are welcoming of children, are often brightly-coloured, with sticky place mats and bottomless cola stations. This is not to say that these places aren't useful, but every once in a while, it's nice to experience eating as a grown-up in a relaxed setting, and that's exactly what we found at Meadow Road.
From the outside, 'Meadow Road' looks rather unassuming with no fancy signage or bells and whistles, just a lovely big window with people enjoying plates of gorgeous looking food. Despite being apprehensive about space for my buggy, the sight of those freshly cooked eggs lured us in and immediately, we were made to feel welcome by the two guys behind the counter who told us to leave the buggy anywhere, take a seat and make ourselves at home.
Although this cafe isn't particularly set up to accommodate for children (there aren't any high chairs for very wee ones and no kids menus as such), the staff couldn't do enough to put us at ease. Joseph was free to run around despite there being somewhat limited space, and there were a few funny children's book that we could look through. He was even offered a hot drink that wasn't on the menu.
The menu itself is small, which is always a good sign in my opinion. Joseph had boiled eggs and soldiers; I had scrambled eggs, bacon and toast, and my husband had the "Dumbarton Road", which was a lovely take on a poached egg on toast, with a few yummy extras. You could really taste the quality of the produce and I loved the thick-cut doorstop bread – really hearty!
The cake selection here is literally mind-blowing and if you're a brownie lover, there's no better place.
I think there were about eight different home-baked varieties on offer, such as creme egg and salted caramel, as well as an interesting selection of fruity cakes with quirky vegetable twists; an absolute must for cake lovers – I was in heaven!
The coffee is superb, really well made – perfectly extracted and the milk is frothed to perfection, allowing for pretty patterns that just scream Instagram!
We were also pleasantly surprised to learn that all the cakes were gluten free and a lot on offer were actually vegan; another example of how accommodating they are to any food requirement or customer that comes through the door.
The guys that work there are friendly, chatty and know exactly what they're doing. I've read a few reviews that say you have to be "cool" to eat here, but I'm certainly testament to the fact that you really do not with my mum bun and snot covered t-shirt!
Although this cafe may not especially cater for children or large families in particular, I'd say that if you fall into this criteria, don't be put off. We had the best brunch here that we've had in ages (and the most reasonably priced), and it didn't matter that we had a crazy one year old with us wiping cream all over the windows. We were welcomed the same as any other customer and for that, as well as the amazing food, we will certainly be back.