Vegan Mofo 2017 #27: Day Trip to Glasgow


A Vegan Experience of Surgery & Recovery: I had chest reconstruction surgery on August 22nd 2017. For Vegan Mofo 2017, I will be writing about my experience preparing for surgery and my ongoing recovery.

A month into recovery myself and Logan got offered 2 free tickets to see a double bill of Adam & Eve at The Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. We were both still pretty fragile and tired but decided to go along anyway and make a day of it so we weren’t rushing all the way to Glasgow and then heading straight back.

As you know from a previous trip I blogged about, I love Glasgow! It’s one of my favourite cities, I spent my birthday there this year just so I could spend a weekend enjoying all the amazing vegan food. I was really excited that we were popping over for the day.

The first thing I did when arriving at Glasgow Central Station was to swing by Gordon Street Coffee Cafe (which sits right at the entrance of the station) to pick up some sweet treats from Big Bear Bakery. These guys are awesome and I’m sad that I haven’t got round to blogging about them sooner as they made me a load of amazing Vegan Brioche Doughnuts for my birthday celebrations in April. These doughnuts are incredible so I was desperate to get my hands on them again. Luckily Gordon Street Coffee has a great selection of their goods, so we swung by there and picked some up. I can’t find my own photos of their doughnuts, but this is what they look like


Big Bear

We decided to return to a restaurant that we both went to on my birthday weekend in April. Now, it’s the most non vegan sounding place you can imagine, but the vegan options are pretty damn incredible at Steak Cattle & Roll.


What originally convinced me to try them was their dairy free Freak Shakes. I’d never had one of these before and they turned out to be pretty damn incredible. On both visits I’ve had the Whisk It Biscuit freak shake which consists of vanilla ice cream, biscoff spread and banana chips. Oh yes please


This is so sickly and delicious. It’s probably a good thing we have to travel an hour to get to Glasgow, or I’d be there at least once a week for one of these.

They also have a good selection of savoury dishes for vegans. There are 4 vegan burgers on the menu, including one made with seitan chicken tenders. You can also get loaded fries, onion rings, wraps, salad and side dishes of the chicken tenders.

This time round I decided to go for the China Town Burger, which is a pattie with carrot and cucumber ribbons, avocado, chunky cauliflower and beetroot salsa, sweet chilli mayo, smokey ketchup and bacon bits. Hnnnggghhh


This was so good. Absolutely massive and pretty hard to eat as it wouldn’t fit in my mouth, but my god was it delicious.

Logan and I decided to share the Vegan Loaded Fries, which are topped with caramelised onions, aioli, hot sauce and bacon bits.


We did not expect such a massive portion and when Logan declared himself full after his burger, I knew we were in trouble with these! I managed to cram my half in, they were so so tasty but I probably would only get these again if I was sharing them with at least another 2 people!


I’ve had the Chicken Burger before and know just how good the chicken is, so I ordered a side of the tenders too. I could barely eat them as I was so full, but I was more than happy to take these to go home with. They were amazing in a sandwich the next day.

We were relieved that the Citizen’s Theatre was a nice long walk away as we were both so ridiculously full. We slowly made our way down to the theatre ready for the shows. Here is a little bit of information on what we saw that night


Adam and Eve, two complementary pieces exploring trangender and non-binary life can be seen together in one evening. 

National Theatre of Scotland presents two new groundbreaking productions exploring extraordinary lives in transition.

Adam, by Frances Poet and Cora Bissett (Glasgow Girls), is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man and his fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home. Featuring a 120-strong virtual choir of trans individuals from across the globe. 

In Eve, legendary playwright, performer, father and grandmother Jo Clifford tells the story of a child raised as a boy, when she knew all along that was wrong. What does that do to our understanding of what it is to be human in times of revolutionary change?

These were both two amazing plays and we really enjoyed them. Adam was my favourite of the two but quite difficult to watch, it was very sad and emotional. I definitely recommend going to see these if you get the chance, they were great and they both seemed to have an impact on the audience.

Once the shows were over we were exhausted and very ready to head home to bed. We had to recover from this for a few days after but it was definitely worth it for all the food and fun we had that day. I can’t wait to go back to Glasgow again!


Vegan in Glasgow – Day 4

My final day in Glasgow was a really good one. We had a bit of a late start as we tidied up the apartment we were staying in and had to get our luggage checked in at the train station so we didn’t have to carry it around all day.

We spent the whole morning and early afternoon at The Women’s Library, which has now become one of my favourite places ever. It’s no ordinary library, it’s a really great space that celebrates women and also supports them through services and programmes that cover a wide range of issues. I wish I lived closer to this place because I would be there all the time. There weren’t many events on during the weekend we visited so unfortunately we didn’t get to attend anything they were putting on, but I spent hours looking through all the books there. I made a huge list of books I wanted to read, some of which I’ve managed to get hold of and read, they were all great. I could have spent a whole day here and was kicking myself a bit that we didn’t come along earlier. Everyone there was super friendly too. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

The Women’s Library almost made me forget my lunch, but a rumbling tummy brought us back to our food mission. We headed back into town to eat at Saramago Cafe

, another all vegan place in Glasgow, still can’t get over how many there were! They do a lot of tapas/small plate dishes like many of the others but once I saw Haggis listed in the mains, I knew what I was going to get.

So we started off by sharing some small bits, fresh homemade bread with dukka and olive oil, and some roasted aubergine. Both were delicious.

For mains I went for the Haggis Fritters with Chips and Tartare sauce while Jake went for a Calzone.

I’d hardly call these Fritters! They’re basically just massive Haggis Balls and they were fricking brilliant! Honestly one of the best things to ever go in my mouth. I loved this. Jake’s Calzone also looked good

We were completely stuffed by this point and decided to mooch around town to burn it all off. We ended up with a few hours spare before heading back, so we thought we’d return to Stereo for a drink. I ended up with this amazing Apple Pie Sundae, which worked out to be a pretty good Glasgow send off.

I was really sad to be leaving but I know this won’t be my last visit. I loved Glasgow, so much stuff to do and the amount of completely vegan restaurants was amazing. I think Glasgow definitely gets my vote for the most vegan friendly city in the UK, hands down.

Vegan in Glasgow – Day 3

I woke up on the third day excited about something other than my first meal. DINOSAURS!

This would be the day we’d visit the Dinosaurs and their Eggs Exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum and I couldn’t wait! Of course, like always, we didn’t get out of the apartment until late, so we decided to grab an early lunch before we set off.

We went back to Mono because I was still dreaming of the menu and wanted to give a different dessert of theirs a go. I’m really glad we went back at lunchtime, it was a completely different atmosphere. It wasn’t packed full of people and there wasn’t any loud music to annoy me.

I went for the Lamachan pizza, it’s a Turkish pizza with spicy mince, aubergine, chillies and yoghurt.

This pizza was uh-mazing. I didn’t miss the vegan cheese, the yoghurt and soft aubergine were creamy enough. There was just the right amount chilli on it too. I devoured the whole thing and immediately wanted another one. Somehow I managed to resist.

Jake didn’t want to have a main because he was ‘tired of being full all the time’…WHAT? So he went for one of the bar snacks, a hot dog. Look at all that cheese, I should have got one as a side dish to my pizza!

I was the only one to go for dessert because Jakes stomach ‘hurt’. Whatever. I had my eye on the Bakewell Sponge with hot jam.

Look at that. Perfection. Not only was it beautiful but it was delicious too. So much better than the cheesecake and sundae, if I were to go back to Mono I would have this all over again. Proper nice comfort food.

The dinosaur exhibition was just what we needed to burn off all that food. It was a really good exhibition, lots of interesting stuff AND I got to burst out of a dinosaur egg

I had to wait behind tons of eager kids to get that one. It was worth all the dodgy looks from their parents, although I still think I should have been bumped up the queue due to me liking dinosaurs for way longer than them.

We decided to go get a drink at the 78 after the exhibition. I swear the intention was always to get a drink. But then this hot chocolate brownie with ice cream happened. It was awesome.

We left shortly after to avoid eating anything else. We spent the rest of the afternoon browsing the shops in town and then went back to The Flying Duck for board games. We Boggled our hearts out while a massive folk band played music on the tables around us. It was really fun. It started with just a few people and then ended up being around 15.

After a few hours we thought we’d try out the food. I wasn’t particularly hungry so I thought I’d avoid the big burgers and go for a wee portion of nachos with a hot dog.

It was not a wee portion.

Jake went for the burger which looked really good.

It was nice, cheap and cheerful pub grub. The nachos were ridiculously big, I could barely move afterwards.

When we were able to walk, we went back to the apartment to watch films and get an early night. At this point I was officially in love with Glasgow and really sad that the next day would be our last in this wonderful city.

Vegan in Glasgow – Day 2

We woke up late on our second day so our plans to visit the whole of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum changed slightly. We decided to check out everything except the Dinosaurs and their Eggs exhibition, which we would save for another day. I wanted to have enough time to appreciate that exhibition.

This place was really cool, we spent hours wandering round. There were some cool floating heads but I’m not gonna spoil it for you, it’s well worth checking out if you visit Glasgow.

We built up a huge appetite, which was good because The 78 wasn’t too far away! The 78 is another 100% vegan bar/restaurant. I really liked the inside of this place, it had a really nice relaxed feel and wasn’t too busy.

I decided to go for the Coconut Bean Chilli Nachos and the Special Burger. I think I made a bloody good choice. The nachos were awesome. I would never think to put coconut in a chilli but it worked so well. It had a really nice sweetness to it and I was so sad when it was all gone. I’ve vowed to remake this myself but not yet given it a go, I think I’m scared of making it less delicious. So good! I’d definitely have it again if I ever return.

The Special Burger was also really good, annoyingly I can’t remember what it was, I think maybe mushroom? Not sure but it was so good and massive with a really decent serving of chips. Basically everything I want in a burger.

Annoyingly I was way too full for dessert and we decided to walk back to the city centre to try and burn some of the food off.

We had a few hours to kill before we had an excuse to eat even more food so we went to the Glasgow Film Theatre to watch The Tale of The Princess Kaguya which was beautiful and awesome just like you expect from Studio Ghibli, I definitely recommend it.

I wasn’t super hungry after the film but I was desperate to stuff my face all over again so we walked over to The 13th Note. I was determined to manage 3 courses this time and carefully planned my choices as I knew that we’d only get one chance to visit during this trip.

I chose the Herby Meatballs in tomato sauce with garlic bread to start.

You can’t really see the meatballs because of the salad but ohh yeah this was good. It was basically like a mini main course. I loved it! There is so much vegan garlic bread in Glasgow, it’s the best thing ever.

I went traditional for my main because I wanted to try and have haggis everyday, so I went for the Haggis Neeps and Tatties with a peppercorn sauce.

Now it looks a bit weird but this was really, really tasty. I took two photos so you can see it once it’s chomped into.

Yummy. I love a bit of stodgy food. The peppercorn sauce was really good too.

After my experience with the Mono cheesecake, I avoided the one at 13th Note which I’ve been told was a huge mistake. I’m definitely gonna have to go back to Glasgow now. I went for the Sticky Toffee Pudding instead, which was still a good choice in my books.

Just look at that. Lovely. Another massive portion. Scotland is great!

I really enjoyed my meal at 13th Note, it felt like a proper special restaurant meal which we lack here in Manchester. And for something so special the prices were really reasonable too. The only thing that disappointed me was that it’s not completely vegan! It might as well be, so much of it is and there are so many vegan places in Glasgow that my expectations were raised a fair bit. All in all it was bloody good though.

So we were another day down and I was ready for an early night, I was super excited for the Dinosaur exhibition the next day.

Vegan in Glasgow – Day 1

The following posts have been a LONG time coming. I visited Glasgow for a birthday break back in April and it was marvellous. I ate some of the best food of my life. I fell in love with the city… and yet I didn’t come back and immediately post about it. Sorry. Life got a bit crap upon my return, then Mofo got in the way which resulted in me being completely waffled out. But now I’m ready!

The first day we spent in Glasgow was pretty chilled out. I managed to find us a cheap flat to stay in through Airbnb in Shawlands, which was about a 5-7 minute train journey from the city centre. It was pretty good. We arrived around lunchtime but unfortunately our host managed to misplace the keys to the flat so we spent an hour or so hanging out in a nearby cafe. Once we dropped our stuff off and checked out the flat we were ravenous. I wanted food and I wanted it immediately.

We decided to go for Stereo because it’s pretty much round the corner from Glasgow Central and it does Tapas type food. ‘Great!’ I thought, ‘a few small dishes to tide us over until dinner time’. When do I ever go for small when I’m travelling? I mean really, what the hell was I thinking?

Of course as soon as I looked at the menu I wanted EVERYTHING. They had spring rolls, buffalo cauliflower, falafels, hummus and breads, chips, wedges, nachos and a fricking haggis pizza. For goodness sake, it was a ridiculous amount of choice. What did they expect me to do?

So of course we ordered loads of little things with a wee side helping of Haggis Pizza…because I had no choice. Obviously.

So here it is: Haggis Pizza, Spring Rolls, Sweet Potato Wedges, Rosemary Polenta Chips and Garlic Bread..

It was all so good. And oh so filling. My favourite was of course the haggis pizza because haggis on a pizza is absolutely genius and 100% a Scottish thing to do. All the dishes were reasonably prices and generous portions. I really enjoyed it and vowed to return before our few days away were up! I was gutted that I was too full for dessert but there was the promise of a lot more food later that day.

We mooched around town for a while to burn some of the food off. I did a wee bit of shopping and then we thought we’d head to The Flying Duck as I’d heard they do great vegan food as well as board games. We were way too full for food just yet, but I always have an appetite for gaming. We played way too much Boggle and drank way too much fizzy pop. It was great. The pub was pretty quiet, which we liked although it did get a lot busier as time got on..which was our queue to head elsewhere for dinner, we planned to go back for the food at The Flying Duck another time (so we could play Boggle again)

I was desperate to try Mono so that’s where we went. I had drooled over this menu for a few weeks before the holiday so I was pretty familiar with the options, it still took me an age to decide though. In the end I went for the To-fish ‘n’ Chips while my partner went for the Seitan Burger. We also got a side of onion rings to share.

Goddamn. I picked the right meal for me that night. The tofu ‘fish’ was ace and who can ever hate mushy peas? No one! The onion rings were good too.

Now at this point you must be thinking that I was at bursting point. Well, I was. But I wanted to have a dessert, the savoury over sweet ratio was way off, so we decided to hell with it, we’d eat dessert until we wanted to puke and then waddle back to the flat.

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t feel like the dessert was worth the pain. I went for the Oreo Cheesecake while Jake went for the Sundae. I need to stop trusting vegan cheesecakes when I’m out and about, I’m always disappointed. The filling was ok but it wasn’t great and I really didn’t like that the base was made with ginger biscuits. Why not use Oreos? The ginger biscuits were also in the Sundae which put me off that too, I really don’t like ginger much so I guess they were bad choices for us.

Overall I loved Mono, the savoury food was incredible and I made a note to return and explore more of their menu. The only other thing I didn’t like was the loud music. I’m a miserable grump I know.

Honestly I don’t remember much of that night, all I know is that I was very full and very satisfied. I couldn’t wait to explore the city again the next day. I’ll leave you with this…