By Daniel Connolly
Are you a foodie that cares about the environment? Are you someone that is attempting to eat more plant-based meals? Are you someone who cares about how eateries source their ingredients? If yes, then this is some eco-advice for you. Here is a list and subsequent story map of 6 top-quality sustainable and eco-friendly restaurants in Glasgow for you to try out.
The Hug and Pint
As a completely vegan restaurant, the Hug and Pint, situated in Glasgow’s West End, serves small plates designed for sharing. The restaurant pride themselves in their critically acclaimed Asian cuisine, live music programme and their wide range of craft beers & ciders, spirits and rotating selection of by-the-glass wine. With dishes such as lemongrass tofu, mushroom and cashew curry and sweet soy and coconut tempeh, it is a great spot to go to dine and drink with friends. As well as being supplied by local producers and cutting down on waste by updating their menu daily as dishes run out, the Hug and Pint is ideal for environmentally conscious individuals in Glasgow.
The Flying Duck
As a basement bar, venue and vegan diner in Glasgow’s city centre, the Flying Duck is an integral part to the city’s underground music, vegan and drinking scene. With a vibe of a dive bar and food that rivals that of traditional American sized portions, the Flying Duck is the perfect place for someone looking to be transported to a different world and experience “diner-soul” inspired food that is all vegan. Why not try their delicious burgers, hot dogs, kebabs or loaded fries? All of these are completely vegan!
Soul Food Kitchen
With the ethos of providing nutritionally balanced, delectable plant based-based food more accessible to everyone in Glasgow, Soul Food Kitchen is the perfect place to stop at for those looking to eat great tasting food, which is healthy, nutritious and delicious. Established in Glasgow’s Finnieston area, the restaurant prides themselves in their organic produce, locally sourced ingredients, healthy oils and 100% compostable packaging. Buddha Bowls, burgers, pastas and a variety of sides are just some of the delicious food that does not taste healthy in the slightest, but most definitely is.
As far as Italian delis in Glasgow go, it does not get much better than Eusebi Deli, located in the West End of the city. With genuine inspiration from their heritage, the food of Eusebi Deli is authentically Italian in being homegrown, seasonal and sustainable. In offering mouth-watering selections of breads, meats and pastas, the deli offers a breakfast, brunch, evening, dessert and vegan menu from which dishes such as the acclaimed devilled eggs, citrus salad and ‘yesterday’s lasagne’ can be found. By taking part in the ‘Plate up for Glasgow’ initiative during COP26, the deli has succeeded in reducing their food and drink wastage to help combat the threat of climate change, making them a great choice for eco-friendly Italian food.
Ox and Finch
For a laid-back, tapas-style restaurant that is an innovator within the hospitality sector, for sustainable food practices and sourcing local produce, look no further than the Ox and Finch. Found in the Finnieston area of Glasgow, the restaurant delivers an assortment of delicious, fresh mini dishes to share with family and friends. Try sampling their burrata, muhammara, walnuts and pomegranate or their roasted pineapple, coconut, coriander and lime. With extensive vegetarian and vegan options available, Ox and Finch is ideal for dining in a group and for those looking for more sustainable options.
Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery
For a more luxurious Scottish dining experience, why not try Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery, a seafood restaurant situated in a Glaswegian institution in the Anderston area of the city. A relaxed and calm atmosphere provided by the interior of their iconic tartan carpet, mahogany and oak furniture and beautiful stained-glass window is the perfect setting to enjoy the delectable seafood on offer. In supporting Scottish produce with all the seafood being sourced from Scotland, the restaurant aims to be as sustainable as possible. As for their menu, Cullen Skink, Fillet of Halibut on smoked patatas bravas, lemon, garlic and chive butter and Grilled Sole with light apple, stem ginger and chive cream sauce are just some of the mouth-watering dishes to be tried at the restaurant. With a gorgeous interior, relaxed atmosphere and top-quality food, Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery is a restaurant not to be missed.
For the location of these environmentally conscious restaurants, be sure to check out the interactive story map below: