Cottonrake Bakery, West End, Glasgow
I had spent my morning at the Botanical Gardens and had a particularly unfriendly Uber experience. As such, I was in need of some more sunshiny times. Luckily I found that in my breakfast stop at the Cottonrake Bakery. Something about the people of Glasgow made my time such an enjoyable one. And the service from the get go here at Cottonrake is more than up to par.
There’s just the one store and they offer some incredible baking in a relaxed atmosphere. Around since 2010. I’m surprised there isn’t more hype. There’s only a few reviews here and there and the end result was close to some of the top cafes I’ve brunched at. The food looked so good in the cabinet and as prayed for, they delivered taste to match their aesthetics.
I had the pork shoulder and black pudding sausage roll and one of the raspberry, fig and pistachio tarts. One of the best for both categories actually. I asked the server for a recommendation on the pastry but unfortunately he was a vegetarian. But I’m sure either would have been excellent.
The black pudding was a distinct but not overpowering element and the roll in totality was highly satisfactory. As a kiwi it takes us some time to get used to the idea of pork in a roll (what, no beef). But one bit of this forms a convincing argument. Perfect crust, great tasting savoury filling, and made with a touch of magic surely.
I was very happy to have finished on the tart, which had a buttery, sweet filling. Sweet, pretty and just a little… tart. The presentation of all items was fab and as such I would highly recommend the Cottonrake Bakery. It’s only a tiny store with plenty of food, but finding a table was no problem at all. Reading around the web, I’ve also heard good things about their scones – their croissants – their coffees. So really, there’s no going wrong with this place. Miles better than Tim’s sorry to say!