My Glasgow - Food and Drink

Glasgow has an enviable reputation when it comes to food and drink, so find out makes it special from some of the people who bring you the city's delicious delights...



20 Feb 2015
4 minute read

Rachna Dheer, Cook & Co-founder of Babu Bombay Street Kitchen

Rachna Dheer is the cook and co-founder of Babu Bombay Street Kitchen in Glasgow. Growing up in Santa Cruz, Bombay, her family was always very passionate about food. Here in Glasgow, Rachna introduced typical Bombay street foods to friends and then her collaboration with Design Director Gail Finlayson, a fellow ‘foodie’, launched the ‘brand’ Babu Bombay Street Kitchen. Starting out with just a stall at various markets, they have most recently opened up the shop on West Regent Street, close to the city centre.

The ethos of Babu is to create street food, family recipes and homestyle cooking using fresh seasonal ingredients, no added preservatives and low oil content. Always—of course—with a touch of spice.

As Rachna will confess, Babu Bombay Street Kitchen might mix it up with a little Scottish influence now and again, but isn't variety the spice of life?


What makes Glasgow unique?

Humour and warmth make Glasgow unique. People really do make Glasgow, and I know it’s a cliché but you can’t get better banter anywhere else.

What are the must do’s for a new visitor to the city?

Eat, drink and be merry!

Start at Babu Bombay Street Kitchen for a quick brunch, fit in some shopping on Buchanan Street, head to the Merchant City area and to restaurant Babbity Bowsters to try out their haggis, and then onto the West Wnd bar Stravaigin for cocktails. If you’re still thirsty, wander past Kelvingrove Art Gallery to the Finnieston area of the city to sample crab cakes at fish restaurant Crabshakk followed by a whisky at The Ben Nevis pub or Park Bar. Oh and if you can fit it in, go and see a gig at Glasgow’s renowned music venue The Barrowlands.

What is the city’s best kept secret?

The local ‘Street Food’ scene that has been emerging in Glasgow is worth seeking out. I can recommend my local arts venue and cafe, The Glad Café on the South Side of the city for gigs and drinks.

If Glasgow was a song what would it be?

‘Super Trooper’ by ABBA.  There is the line: “When I called you last night from Glasgow”. 

Come on, even ABBA sang about us.  Praise indeed!


Lesley Henderson, Visitor Guide at Glengoyne Distillery

Lesley Henderson is a 22 year-old University of Glasgow student studying. She also works part-time as a visitor guide at Glengoyne Distillery located just 15 miles outside the city of Glasgow.


What makes Glasgow Unique? 

Glaswegians have no qualms about chatting to pretty much anybody. In fact the "Glasgow Banter" is not to be missed.

What are the must do’s for a new visitor to the city?

The city centre’s Buchanan Street or Style Mile is a must for any shopaholics. For a more cultural visit, Glasgow Cathedral is one of the most breath-taking buildings in the city.

Glasgow's lively nightlife will accommodate all, from sipping sophisticated cocktails in Browns at George Square to sampling boutique beers in one of the many pubs in Ashton Lane in the city’s West End.  Be sure to book a tour at Glengoyne Distillery - surely one of the world’s prettiest distilleries!

What is the city’s best kept secret?

Glasgow's best kept secret is the fact that we are actually the most warm, welcoming and genuinely friendly city!

If Glasgow was a song what would it be?

‘Celebration’ by Kool and the Gang.  "There's a party going on right here - it's a celebration".


Anne Mulhern MBE, Owner of the Willow Tea Rooms

Anne Mulhern is the owner of the world-famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed Willow Tea Rooms.  Anne re-opened the Room De Luxe in its original setting in Sauchiehall Street 30 years ago, on 1 December 1983, and the Willow Tea Rooms were reborn.  The Mezzanine level re-opened in 1996 and the Gift Shop in June 2013.  In July 1997, Anne opened the Willow Tea Rooms in Buchanan Street.

Anne has been very heavily involved in all aspects of tourism and hospitality throughout her career.  She is currently Chair of Glasgow’s Leading Attractions and a member of Glasgow Mackintosh group. 

Awarded an MBE for services to tourism in 2004, Anne is one of the few women Rotarians in Glasgow.  

Previously Anne has held a number of positions within key organisations in the City, including board member for Scottish Enterprise (Glasgow), advisory board member for Glasgow Metropolitan College and Chair of Princes’ Trust in Glasgow.


What makes Glasgow unique?

There are three important things. The city is small enough to get round, the friendliness of the people within the city and finally the diversity of things to do – something for everyone, whatever their age, hobbies or interests.

What are the must do’s for a new visitor to the city?

Visit the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street, one of the few Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings still being opened today for its original purpose.Take the open-topped City Sightseeing bus around the city. Enjoy some of the fantastic museums, all easily accessible.

What is the city’s best kept secret?

The warmth and welcoming nature of the people within the city – both those who live here and those who come to work here.

If Glasgow was a song what would it be?

‘You’re the Best Thing’ by The Style Council.