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Social Bite, Bothwell Street, Glasgow

Social Bite, Bothwell Street, Glasgow

Social Bite

The single shot

Helping the homeless, cup by cup.

Social Bite, 5 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 6NL. Map »

Tel 0131 220 8206
Email info@social-bite.co.uk
Web www.social-bite.co.uk
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Open Mon-Fri 7am-3pm

Good coffee. Good food. Good cause. Good stuff.

My first taste of Social Bite was on the wrong side of the country for this blog. Arriving too early for a meeting in Edinburgh, I stopped in at their Rose Street branch to kill time over a cuppa.

It’s fair to say I liked what I saw. I got a tasty coffee at a good price. And as I started to look into what Social Bite actually was, I was even more impressed.

For the uninitiated: Social Bite is a social enterprise with a bit of a mission. One-quarter of its staff is made up of formerly homeless people; it aims to feed the local homeless community through offering suspended coffee and food (that’s where you pay ahead for someone else’s drink/meal); and all of its profits go to good causes.

And so it was that I was delighted to learn fairly soon after my Edinburgh visit that Social Bite was opening up in Glasgow, too. In fact, it has now opened two outlets – one on Bothwell Street with just a few stools, and one with more space to sit in, on St Vincent Street, not far from Buchanan Street.

Of course, all of the good intentions in the world can only go so far if what you offer doesn’t match the billing. But Social Bite really does live up to what it promises.

I stopped by the Bothwell Street branch on a Friday, and got a bonus when I discovered that buying anything to eat on Fridays gets you a free hot drink into the bargain. And so it was that I had an awesomely tasty flapjack and a nice, big, warming (ideal for November) cappuccino for £2. (At the normal price, a cappuccino would still only run to £2.10.)

The Bothwell Street branch is also an obvious hub for many of the nearby office-workers – there was a steady stream of people popping in to grab a takeaway lunch from a pretty hefty selection of sandwiches. Meanwhile, when I wandered past to have a nose, there was a good number of people sitting in the St Vincent Street outlet’s booths.

At the moment the cafes are only open on weekdays, and shut at 3pm, which stymied my first couple of attempts to stop by – and that’s definitely worth bearing in mind if you’re planning a visit.

But the fact that they’ve two locations, which are ideal for different groups; that they provide something really tasty; and that they’re doing good into the bargain makes both Social Bites great additions to our city centre.

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