RECOMMENDATION | Urban West – The Brunch of Dreams in Glasgow’s West End
Urban West is located handily between Kelvinbridge Subway Station and Byres Road on Great Western Road, so it’s super easy to get to from the city centre by subway or bus.
Brunching in Glasgow is, as you can probably guess, as popular as any major city across the UK – and absolutely one of my favourite ways to kick start a weekend.
My ideal brunch scenario may have altered slightly over the last two years (dreams of rolling out of bed late morning and savouring a bottomless Prosecco brunch for hours…) but I needn’t worry as it’s definitely the done thing in the city to take the whole fam along for breakie – including the dog. Especially in the West End of Glasgow, dog-friendly restaurants, bars and cafes are the norm. In fact, it’s out of the ordinary for a venue not to welcome your furry friend in with open arms, dog biscuits at the ready.
I love independent cafes and restaurants and luckily Glasgow has them in abundance in the West End and South Side of the cities.
After living in the West End for almost four years, I have a fierce love of it and feel a sense of belonging when I see the rows of red and blonde sandstone tenement flats peppered with quirky design and interiors in the windows. And with Kelvingrove Park, Botanic Gardens, Byres Road and Ashton Lane all wonderfully close together, you can spend a day mulling round from place to place and enjoy everything from authentic Vietnamese food to brewing your own beer.
Urban West is located handily between Kelvinbridge Subway Station and Byres Road on Great Western Road, so it’s super easy to get to from the city centre by subway or bus. You’ll find a cluster of eateries around here with a growing Vegan offering, of which Urban West also cater well for too. It’s hard to miss Urban West perched on the corner of Great Western Road and Oakfield Avenue donning a blooming bright red front and huge picture windows, usually dotted with happy munchers inside.
Inside, the décor is simple and the atmosphere bright. With an open plan layout, all of the delicious food is cooked at the back of the café so from stepping in the door you’re hit with mouth-wateringly delightful smells of fresh pancakes and bacon being prepared to order, and hearing the sizzling of eggs frying or the whir of the milk frother on the coffee machine.
The menu caters for all and of course hosts a bunch of awesome egg dishes to choose from including your usual Eggs Beni, Eggs Royale, and of course, smashed avo with poached eggs on sourdough – c’est Instagrammable!
With the bread locally supplied though, these classics are even better.
I went for the Halloumi Stack which is poached eggs, bacon, avocado, halloumi cheese and homemade pesto on herbed focaccia bread. Sounds like heaven, right? I certainly was not disappointed and devoured every bite! If I’m going to eat bread (tummy issues rather than carb issues!) then it has to be totally worth it. And it was. Every. Single. Bite.
Other delights on the menu are the fluffiest pancakes you ever did see. I fully intended on ordering some for Lewis but he fell asleep! Which is equally as excellent as it is disappointing. I did get to enjoy a slow breakfast and delicious hot coffee with my friend without having blueberries smashed down my clothes, which I was rather chuffed about. However, having Lewis eat too would’ve justified the double breakfast order, passing it off as my sons! Alas, I skipped on the pancakes this time but I will be back…! Dreaming of that beautiful stack with bacon, blueberries and maple syrup made to order…
With everything cooked fresh to order, whether you’re veggie or vegan, or even just picky, Urban West cater for all with something for all tastes. The coffee is good, the vibes are warm and the food is excellent. 10 out of 10 in my books!
The fact that Glasgow is so family-friendly has to be one of my absolute favourite thing about the city. I admit I do still get a bit anxious visiting somewhere new with toddler in toe, not knowing what kind of mood he’ll be in – but not once have I felt out of place. The gritty, casual, warm and friendly vibes flow through the whole city, and if you’re thinking of visiting, don’t wait until you have that baby-free weekend.
It’s super easy to get around and there’s plenty to keep the kids, and you, happy for days.
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