My Best of Glasgow: Chef and writer Linsey Reith from Three Sisters Bake

Picture of Linsey Reith by Nick Ponty, 
Graham’s the Family Dairy partnership with Three Sisters Bake
Picture of Linsey Reith by Nick Ponty, Graham’s the Family Dairy partnership with Three Sisters Bake

Linsey Reith is one third of Three Sisters Bake, who first found success with a cafe in Quarriers Village, near Bridge of Weir, then with a successful recipes book. Their cakes have become a colourful presence at pop-up events and markets in Glasgow. There’s also a burgeoning wedding cake and catering business, with receptions often taking place in their second cafe at Killearn, about half an hour’s drive from Glasgow city centre.

While espousing the cafes’ mantra of fresh, local food bursting with flavour – a very modern take on the country tearoom – Linsey also finds time to be a clean food concoctionist on social media as Chefarella, working to improve health and happiness through food.

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What do you like best about Glasgow?

The subway, or ‘Clockwork Orange’: it is the best place for a true snapshot of Glasgow- the city’s people, and vibe, it’s design, it’s simplicity.

Best outdoors space?

Royal Exchange Square, under the sky of lights in winter.

Best restaurant right now?

A’Challtainn at BAaD. Guessing I’m not the only Glaswegian who can’t pronounce it… That aside, I spent New Year at A’Challtainn this year – the seafood is fresh and beautifully uncomplicated, and the setting is EXCITING. It exemplifies the kind of major regeneration parts of Glasgow are in the midst of, and represents a taste of what’s to come for our city.

Best pub?

The Belle for a cosy fireside glass of red in winter (with all the dugs, if they’re your crew). The rooftop at the Chip for summer evenings

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Where do you like to pick up ingredients for cooking?

The length of Great Western Road. I J Mellis for cheese; Roots, Fruits and Flowers for fruit and vegetables, Cottonrake for bread, Garden Fresh Exotics for herbs and spices, Lupe Pintos for chorizo (and hot sauce!), Valhalla’s Goat for wines and beer!

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Where would you meet us for a coffee?

Papercup for amazing coffee and consistently gorgeous service

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Where do you shop for clothes?

For gym/daywear (for me these are one and the same, whether I’m working out or not)- Lululemon Royal Exchange Square. For evening, the new gargantuan multi-tiered H&M on Buchanan Street. Both with added accessories from various West End boutiques- Love and Squalor, Glasgow Vintage Co, Starry Starry Night.

Glasgow needs more?

More going on around the river. Bars, cafes, festivals, outdoor gyms – it could be SUCH a vibrant heart to our city.

Glasgow needs less?

E cig shops

Favourite Glasgow building?

Central Station. What a public transport boffin I’m proving! It feels like coming home when I step off a train at Central. The architecture is traditional and mesmerising. The buzz of Glasgow people rings like no other sound.
Under the clock at Central Station is always my meeting point with friends and family for days or nights in town, so I associate it with fun!

Your Glasgow music?

Biffy Clyro or Frightened Rabbit

Favourite Glasgow neighbourhood?

To me the entire of Glasgow feels like one big neighbourhood – it has a village vibe, but with the architecture, shopping and hospitality of a city.

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Your Glasgow hero?

Kirsty Young. I start most days listening to Desert Island Discs in the car. I just find her voice hypnotic- maybe not ideal for someone behind the wheel of a car. Even on Crimewatch I used to find her soothing! She has a very intuitive and discreet interview style and way of connecting with people.

Also Gordon Ramsay. Possibly the polar extreme of Kirsty Young? Beyond all the rage for camera, he’s just an incredible chef and leader. Before we opened the café, I used to obsessively watch Ramsays’s Kitchen Nightmares and make manic notes about what not to do. When Three Sisters Bake was up and running, I used to internally ask, what would Gordon do (other than go batshit crazy)?

When you are with friends in Glasgow, what do you like to do?

We’d start in the Botanic Gardens, walk by the river through Kelvingrove Park and to the art gallery to check out the floating heads. We’d play a bit of lawn bowls while we’re there. We’d head to Finnieston for a cocktail and dinner, then jump in a cab to end up in The Grand Ole Opry for £1 gins, country and western music, and dancing with some of Glasgow’s friendliest misfits.

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