So you care about the planet but still want to satisfy the foodie inside? We’ve got just the thing. 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 Meaty One: Gaucho
Let's be honest, a steak restaurant isn't what first comes to mind when thinking about responsible restaurants. But Gaucho uses sustainable suppliers, slinging out a menu revolving around locally sourced meat, MSC-certified seafood and vegetables from a Crate to Plate "farm". And while they're not 100% there yet, they're aiming for net zero emissions in the very near future.
The Farm-To-Table One: Locavore
Not only is Locavore home to a shop and café, but also three external farming sites within 10 miles of the city. It's fully organic, with a market garden and network of small producers to ensure a positive local food system. Meat comes from Peelham, cheese courtesy of Loch Archur and there are plenty of options for vegans and veggies.
The Strictly Scottish One: Ubiquitous Chip
Championing Scottish cuisine, Ubiquitous Chip has been a firm favourite since the 70s. A multifaceted space home to a fine dining courtyard restaurant (adorned with luscious foliage), a roof terrace and more, it’s all about local ingredients with minimal waste here. The kitchen leans towards regional cuisine; from old school haggis, neeps ‘n’ tatties to Tweed Valley steak and hand-dived Barra scallops.
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 decor and an impressive menu. Sticking to sustainably caught fish, particularly unendangered species, the George Street destination has earned itself the highest rating of 3 stars from the 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 Sichuan black bean tofu and gochujang potatoes, all washed down with vegan-friendly craft beers, wines and spirits. And if you fancy a bit of entertainment? This joint is famed for its live music nights.
The Junk Food One: Stereo
Feeding hungry Glaswegians for over a decade, Stereo is Renfield Lane’s not-so-hidden gem. As it has a bar and kitchen dedicated to vegan junk food, you can expect a meat-free menu featuring dishes like buffalo cauliflower wings, banana blossom ‘fish and chips’ and seitan burgers. Better yet, this city centre favourite hosts gigs and club nights 'til the wee hours.