PLEASE NOTE - THESE CAFES AND COFFEE HOUSES HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AND NOT YET VISITED BY THE GOOD SOUP GUIDE.
- THE HUB, Wester Cleddens Road.
Bishopbriggs was once a little place all on its lonesome on Glasgow's
north side, but it has now been swallowed up by the big city. The Hub is
run by Woodhill Evangelical Church, and has been recommended by
soupslurper Betty. It is open between 9am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday,
and has two freshly made soups on from an impressive range that
includes, 'Spicy Parsnip', 'Mushroom', 'Minestrone', 'Sweet Potato and
Roast Pepper', 'Scotch Broth', 'Carrot and Coriander', or 'Tomato and
Basil'. 'I think you will be hard pushed to find a cafe that sells
better fare than this and at very competitive prices,' says Betty. If my
memory serves me well, there is a golf course in Cadder, near
Bishopbriggs, so this may be a perfect opportunity to play a round of
golf and wolf down some pretty good soup.
- AND RELAX, 70b Greenock Road. A coffee shop
recommended by Iris and Ian for making 'traditional homemade soups' like
'Lentil', 'Broth', 'Ministrone', 'Chicken', 'Carrot and Orange', or
'Leek and Potato'. I have to say that I am always intrigued by 'Broth'.
It is a term that gives little away as to the ingredients used. Perhaps
it's like a soupslurper's equivalent of a lucky-bag or a bowl of
mystery, which sounds like a good idea to me. I think each place should
have a mystery soup, one where you have to guess what's in it, and maybe
get a prize, like a free car or a second bowl of soup.
- THE CITY PATIO, West Nile
Street. Another recommendation from Patricia. Similar soup as in The
Patio above, although the 'Lentil' is a best seller with litres being
sold every day. Patricia reckons a decent bowl of homemade soup should
always be served with a buttered roll and a smile. This has got me
a-thinking... I wonder if anyone dunks their roll in the soup in the
same way that folk dunk biscuits in mugs of coffee...hmm... any soup
dunkers out there? What are the best rolls or bread for dunking and how
long can we reasonably expect a dunk to last before it all falls to
bits? These are the questions that us soupslurpers need answers to.
Perhaps it's time schools introduced a new course: 'Soupslurping -
Everything You Need To Know'.
- MA'AMS DELI, Cumbernauld Road, Dennistoun.
Recommendation here from soupslurper, Angela. They have varieties like,
'Lentil with Ham and Potato' or 'Chicken Noodle', which are said to be
'like the soup your mammy used to make, it sticks to your ribs.'
- MACPHEE'S, 869 Govan Road, and Paisley Road West.
This a recommendation from soupslurper Kate. McPhee's appears to be
a fast-food takeaway sort of business that has a
number of branches, the Paisley Road West branch being opposite Bellahouston Park. According to Kate, they 'sell fantastic home made
soup every day.' Their range is awesome, with varieties like, 'Lentil',
'Chicken Broth', 'Pea and Ham', 'Minestrone', 'Potato and Leek', 'Scotch
Broth', 'Yellow Split Pea', 'Chicken and Sweetcorn', 'Chicken and Rice'
(must be a few folk from Ayrshire in the area), along with creamy soups
made with either Broccoli or Tomato or Cauliflower or Mushroom or
Lettuce... now there's a new one on me: 'Cream of Lettuce'... hmm, I'll
have to try that. Thank you to Kate for that comprehensive list.
- NANCY'S TAKEAWAY, Carmyle Avenue. A
recommendation from a soupslurper who has no name. He apparently
stumbled on the shop by mistake and thought it 'was probably better than
most places in the West End.' Not sure if it's a sitty-in job or only
takeaway. If anyone knows, please let us know.
- THE PATIO, Elderslie Street. Soupslurper, Patricia,
reckons this is the place to go. 'The girls are busy every morning
making homemade soup on a daily basis due to great demand. There is
always a choice each day which varies from, 'Potato and Leek', to
'Carrot and Coriander', 'Ministrone and Meatballs' and 'Lentil'.'
- COUNTRY BAKE COFFEE SHOP, Strathaven Rural
Centre, Whiteshawgate, Hamilton Road. Prize for this year's very long
address. Soupslurper Marion spilled the beans here. She reckons that
everything served here 'is of the highest quality'. 'Today's soup menu consisted of lentil and
broccoli and cauliflower, all made on
the premises.' Not sure if that's three different soups or one tantalising
blend, but whatever, it all sounds good to me.
- SEAVIEW CAFE. 'Run by an exceptionally friendly Italian family
and is directly opposite the Wemyss Bay/Rothesay ferry terminal. It is a traditional style cafe (where have they all gone?) serving excellent meals
and snacks and home baking to die for. There is always a choice of at
least two and sometimes as many as four soups daily. The quality and
choice is excellent. I am sure if visited by you or your staff it would
well worth a 3 hippos award.