Chef Daniel Spurr's guide to the best places to eat and drink in Glasgow

Best places to eat in Glasgow
Drink cocktails at Kelvingrove Cafe (left) or relax at Southside all-day bistro Gnom (right) Credit: Kelvingrove Cafe/Gnom

Executive chef Daniel Spurr cooks at one of the most successful restaurants in Glasgow, Ox and Finch, a rustic restaurant with a laid back interior and a menu of internationally inspired small plates. Recently featured in the Good Food Guide 2020, visitors shouldn’t be fooled by the faux-pub name.

Here you’ll find seasonal dishes with a twist: local poached hake katsu, crispy rice and black sesame; seared scallops, pork belly, salted pineapple and peanut satay; and a moreish lemon verbena custard, strawberries and shortcake, among others.

Gnom

"A relaxing little bistro in the Southside neighbourhood, run by my friends who previously had the street-food company Chompsky. The menu is quite cheffy - there's cured lamb with roti and a soft boiled egg for breakfast - and it never fails to impress me."

758 Pollokshaws Road, Southside G41 2AE; gnomfood.com

Kelvingrove Cafe

"This is a really cool brasserie that does arguably the best cocktails in Glasgow. Whenever I visit, I try something new, like One Night in Jalisco, a fiery number made from Tapatio Blanco, mescal, grapefruit, lime and jalapeño vinegar."

1161-1163 Argyle Street G3 8TB; kelvingrovecafe.com

Phillies of Shawlands

"A bar with an impressive vinyl record collection, and an excellent choice for lovers of craft beer and good vibes. The menu is based around comforting soul food, and one of the beer taps always showcases an independent Glasgow brewery."

1179 Pollokshaws Road G41 3NH; philliesbar.co.uk

Ranjit's Kitchen

"The first thing you'll notice is the intoxicating smell of spices. This family-run deli serves traditional Panjabi food, and I recommend trying the daal of the day. It's a large steaming bowl served with two warm rotis."

607 Pollokshaws Road G41 2QG; ranjitskitchen.com

Big Bear Bakery

"This family-run bakery has a queue around the block on Saturdays. My favourite pastry is the Danish flavoured with star anise and vanilla, but the menu changes often. It's so good that I'm already salivating over the plum and apple pastries to come."

54 Sinclair Drive, Glasgow G42 9PY; bigbearbakery.com

The Butterfly and The Pig

"I've seen this run-down boozer transform over the past few years into a shabby-chic pub, restaurant and tea room with a great atmosphere and mean Sunday roast. It's no-nonsense pub food. A great spot for a relaxing Sunday afternoon."

1041-1039 Pollokshaws Road, G41 3YF; thebutterflyandthepig.com