Hillhead Bookclub is a West End restaurant slash café slash bar that’s housed in a converted cinema; the décor is effortlessly cool with a quirky, offbeat charm (think mismatched crockery and cutlery, ping pong, retro video games and great music).
The vibe is laid back and relaxed – but, crucially, not so relaxed that they don’t take bookings, a common failing of Glasgow’s trendy brunch venues (when you have kids in your party, as we did, you don’t want to turn up on spec or, heaven forfend, queue for unspecified periods of time. I might not know much about children, but I know they've no patience for queueing.)
With just the right amount of busy-ness, there was a nice buzzy atmosphere and lots of tempting choices on the menu – including an excellent veggie selection (and we had one of these in our party an’ all). It’s all budget friendly, too: my poached eggs a la bookclub, which came with chorizo, avocado & spicy hollandaise on a toasted muffin, were both delicious and a paltry £6.
Washed down with a classic Bloody Mary, the whole experience gave me warm and fuzzy feelings of well-being and contentment and really, isn’t that the whole point of the brunch experience? And yes, they do pancakes, which my nieces pronounced good. We’ll be back.
Hillhead Bookclub, 17 Vinicombe Street, Glasgow; http://www.hillheadbookclub.co.uk/