Is it just me or does anyone else absolutely love going out for brunch? To me, going out feels so much more exciting and indulgent than staying at home, and combining two meals into one makes it much easier to guiltlessly devour loads of tasty food. And because it’s part breakfast it’s easy to get away with having an entirely sweet meal too!
As a little nearly-end-of-the-holiday treat we went out for brunch at Singl-end, a cafe/bakehouse hidden near Charing Cross in Glasgow. It was a little tricky to find initially as we had to drive down a few backroads, but the minor inconvenience of driving there was definitely worth it (for future reference, it’s probably easier just to get the train to Charing Cross and walk from there).
Walking in at 10:30 I was immediately drawn to the quirky decor: glass tables filled with vintage stamps and photographs, Scottish art covering the walls and countless baubles hanging from the ceiling post-Christmas, all overlooked by the bustling kitchens. All of the staff were friendly and welcoming too.
Service was quick (although by no means rushed) and the menu offered a wide range of options for breakfast/brunch/lunch. Food was clearly marked vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free and there were multiple choices for each diet (plus plenty of meat options too).
We all ordered freshly squeezed orange juice, which was deliciously sweet and citrusy. There were plenty of dairy alternatives my almond latte was creamy and warming. They also have three different fruity smoothie options which are meant to be delicious.
For mains, my mum ordered the Eggs Benedict, James had the Meaty Cooked Breakfast and my dad and I both opted for the Vegan Cooked Breakfast. I can’t really speak for the others but my cooked breakfast was divine. All of the different components worked together in perfect harmony and the whole plate was hearty and fulfilling. My favourite combo would have to be the sweet potato with the sautéed spinach and onions. The food is not the cheapest but definitely worth it in my opinion!
Despite being absolutely stuffed as we wandered out, it was impossible to resist the phenomenal array of cakes available (a surprisingly large number of which were vegan too - yay!), so we chose some to enjoy later on. I opted for a tropical cake and the others bought a peanut caramel brownie, a slice of nutella cake and a slice of banana, peanut butter and raspberry cake. We indulged in these mid afternoon and they were absolutely sensational (the tropical cake and banana, peanut butter and raspberry cake were definitely the favourites though!).
So after that extensive review my verdict is definitely in favour of brunch at Singl-end. I loved the delicious food, the stunning decor, the extensive vegan-friendly options and the wonderful staff - I’ll definitely be heading back soon and I’d undoubtedly recommend giving it a go!
For more details, check out their website here.