The Glad Café is a fantastic cafe and venue in Shawlands, in the south side of Glasgow. It serves Dear Green Coffee alongside excellent cakes (from Big Bear Bakery, while gluten free cakes are from Wild Flours Gluten Free Bakery), a cracking brunch menu and an afternoon menu of light bites such as a mackerel pâté and halloumi and courgette salad.
Below is the delicious and rather addictive cubed, spiced squash with feta, spring onions, poached eggs, hollandaise and herbs.
The Glad Café has a real community feel to it, especially as its also an arts space, hosting gigs, comedy, film screenings etc.
They have a great selection of wines, beers and spirits. Their growing range of beers include a choice from the popular Williams Bros Brewing Co, Drygate as well as a changing array of other craft beers on draft, in bottles and cans. They also stock a tasty assortment of Fentiman’s, Whole Earth, and Karma soft drinks. With an eclectic playliston rotation from open to close, this is the ideal place to kick back and hang out with your friends.
The Glad Cafe is way more than just a cafe and venue though, it has two associated companies – Glad Rags Thrift Shop which is a not for profit cooperative business, and the Glad Foundation which is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Glad Rags Thrift opened right next to the cafe in January 2014, to sell second hand clothes, shoes and accessories. These are donated by people wanting to support the Glad Cafe programme and the Glad Foundation, which provides free and affordable music lessons to local people. If you would like to donate, drop off your unwanted clothes etc either in the shop, or in the cafe when the shop is closed.
Over the past few years The Glad Foundation has run a range of small initiatives funded by the support of the Glad Community Choir, donations of money, and grants. Check out the choir’s website to see the amazing range of material they have covered during this time, and for forthcoming events.
The Glad Rag is their twice yearly art and literature zine featuring the work of southside artists and writers, as well as some work from further afield. Copies can be picked up in the Glad Cafe and spots around the city.
Glad Cafe, 1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG
Food served: Mon–Fri 9am–4pm (breakfast & lunch) 10pm (dinner); Sat–Sun 10am–4pm (breakfast & lunch) 10pm (dinner)
Bar open: Sun–Wed noon–11pm, Thu–Sat noon–midnight