So you care about the planet but still want to satisfy the foodie inside? We’ve got just the thing for you. From plant-based spots to restaurants with an ethically sourced ethos, this lot are doing their bit. Whether you’re dipping your toes into the world of veganism or switching up your usual routine, check out our guide to the 6 best sustainable restaurants in Glasgow.
The Farm-To-Table One: Locavore
Not only is Locavore home to a shop and café, but it’s got 3 external farming sites within 10 miles of the city. They're fully organic, with a market garden and network of small producers to ensure a positive local food system. Meat comes from Peelham, cheese from Loch Archur and there's options for vegans and veggies. Even excess produce from the shop is used to prevent waste.
The BAaD One: A'Challtainn
Situated in the heart of the BAaD at the Barras, A'Challtainn takes pride in sourcing environmentally-friendly seafood and ingredients from local suppliers. Think stout-braised West Moss-side beef, Lindisfarne oysters and Shetland blue shell mussels all washed down with a fabulous selection of wines and bubbly.
The Junk Food One: Stereo
Feeding hungry Glaswegians for over a decade, Stereo is Renfield Lane’s not-so-hidden gem. With a bar and kitchen dedicated to vegan junk food, you can expect a meat-free menu featuring dishes like sticky sesame cauliflower wings, jackfruit and nori ‘fish and chips’ and seitan burgers. Better yet, this city centre favourite hosts gigs, live performances and club nights till the wee hours.
The Underground One: Gamba
Whether you’re in the mood for prawns, fish or lobster, Gamba’s got your catch of the day. Located in a subterranean space, this is a basement restaurant with refined décor and an impressive menu. Sticking to sustainably caught fish, particularly unendangered species, the George Street favourite has earned itself the highest rating of 3 stars from Sustainable Restaurant Association.
The Seasonal One: The Hug and Pint
Free from any and all animal produce, The Hug and Pint operates an award-winning seasonal menu focussed on vegan comfort staples. Tuck into the likes of tamarind plantain and black pepper aubergine, all washed down with vegan-friendly craft beers, wines and spirits. It’s all about brunch come the weekend, with a rotating menu paired with mimosas and bloody marys and more.
The Strictly Scottish One: Ubiquitous Chip
Founded on pioneering Scottish cuisine, Ubiquitous Chip has been a firm favourite since the 70s. A multifaceted space home to a fine dining courtyard restaurant, laid-back breweries, roof terrace and more, it’s all about Scottish ingredients with minimal waste. The kitchen leans towards regional cuisine; from old school haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties to smoked haddock chowder and date cake for afters.
Fancy going all out eco? Check out our guide to vegan restaurants in Glasgow for a little meat-free feasting.