It’s a wee sliver of a cafe, but they pack a lot in. For the morning, there’s a pot of granola, a muffin, bagel or roll and bacon waiting for you. Afternoon sandwiches are creative: we like the crayfish with cucumber and spring onion. Then there’s the cakes, Snickers brownies, cookies and shortbread.
Throughout the day they serve a steady supply of flat whites, cappuccinos and lattes, powered by local independent company Dear Green Coffee, based in the East End.
We are starting the day with a chorizo and egg bagel.
Gordon Street is a fast-paced street, full of people with somewhere they are supposed to be. So there’s a brisk takeaway trade.
As we order, the mix of 60s and 70s rock music playing in the background has us quietly singing along. The staff don’t seem to mind too much.
We have the time, so decide to stay and pop ourselves down on a stool by the long counter and prepare for breakfast facing the red brick wall.
Unintentionally, but consistently, we find ourselves gazing enviously at the two people perched at the high table in the front of the shop, by the door, facing out on the street. Best seats in the house. Get them if you can.
Bagels can be troublesome. Suffice to say, there are good bagels and there are bad bagels. Riverhill serve good bagels. Incidentally, so do nearby Where The Monkey Sleeps, but apart from that it’s a short list.
The sliced chorizo is top class, complimented by an arrangement of halved boiled egg on top and a thin film of smoked paprika mayo to give it an edge. Nice way to start the day. Next time we’ll pay more attention to the cake counter.
24 Gordon Street
T: 0141 204 4762
On the Menu: Riverhill Coffee Bar
Homemade granola, Greek yogurt and red berry compote.. £2
A selection of freshly baked scones, pastries and muffins from.. £1.75
Chorizo and egg bagel with smoked paprika mayo.. £4
Hot smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel.. £4
Puddledub bacon/ sausage roll.. £2.70
Sandwiches from.. £4.50
Chicken shawarma wrap with tahini mayo and sumac onions
Crayfish with cucumber and spring onion
Riverhill New Yorker with pastrami, slaw, pickles, mature cheddar, mustard mayo
Smoky Joe with applewood smoked cheddar, smoked pork, slaw, chilli jam
Chicken club with romaine, cheddar, bacon and tomato
Halloumi, chilli jam, red onion marmalade, olive tapenade, hummous
Puddledub black pudding and sausage roll.. £4.50
Seasonal frittata.. £4
Today’s mac and cheese.. £4
Today’s veggie turnover.. £3.50
Cakes from.. £2
Billionaire’s shortbread, Lumberjack cake, Today’s dark chocolate brownie, Victoria empire biscuit, Berry frangipane, Crack collies, Toffee apple cake, Peanut butter cookies, Snickers brownie
Dear Green Coffee
Flat white.. £2.30
Long black.. £1.90
Hot chocolate.. £2.50