My Best of Glasgow: Jennifer Reoch

Television presenter and journalist Jennifer Reoch regularly interviews local personalities on STV2’s flagship magazine show, Live at Five. Jennifer is also the face of STV’s Scottish Children’s Lottery. Prior to life as a presenter, Jennifer completed her honours degree in Law and French at Glasgow University, and was Miss Scotland in 2011, before moving on to become one of the most prominent faces in Scottish broadcasting. We asked Jennifer to tell us about her favourite people and places in the city.

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What do you like best about Glasgow?

It’s clichéd but clichéd for a reason as it’s so true – it is such a friendly city, there aren’t people like Glaswegians anywhere else in the world, such a lovely bunch!

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Best outdoors space?

I love Pollok Country Park on the Southside of the city – such a great place to escape from everything and enjoy some fresh air.

Best restaurant right now?

I’m lucky with my job that I get to taste some of the best food from the best chefs around the city every night live on television so this is almost impossible to make a decision…just too much great choice!

Best pub?

Not strictly a pub but somewhere I love to go for a wee glass of wine or a cocktail is The Left Bank on Gibson Street. I love the menu and the space – even when it’s busy it still feels spacious!

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Where do you like to pick up ingredients for cooking?

I’m not a great chef (I eat loads of great food on the telly every night instead) so most of my cooking is done with ingredients from the local Tesco…definitely something I want to work on and maybe try and buy more locally.

Where would you meet us for a coffee?

I don’t like tea or coffee so I would base my decision solely on the cakes available – at the moment I enjoy a wee cake from Eusebi’s Deli which is within walking distance from my flat in the West End.

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Where do you shop for clothes?

I am not a big fan of clothes shopping as I never know what to buy – I’m very jealous of people with natural style. That said, most of my shopping is either wandering around high street stores in the city centre or at shopping centres like Silverburn. I nearly always stick to high street in places like H&M, River Island or Debenhams.

Glasgow needs more?

Sunshine (although I doubt we will be getting that any times soon!)

Glasgow needs less?

Litter – I think people can be guilty of chucking their rubbish straight on to the street and I would love to see the streets look a bit cleaner!

Favourite Glasgow building?

Without doubt it has to be Glasgow Uni – it’s just so beautiful and you can see it from so many different points in the city. It’s a gorgeous landmark in the city and somewhere I spent four years as a student.

Your Glasgow music?

The Glasgow music scene is so vibrant and we have loads of new Scottish talent on the show on STV2 almost every night. I love singer/songwriters like Sean C Kennedy, Tommy Reilly and Luke La Volpe and bands like Charlotte Marshall and the 45’s are brilliant too!

Favourite Glasgow neighbourhood?

I’m relatively new to living in the West End but I’m loving it so it’s probably my favourite. The area around Gibson Street and Kelvingrove Park is great with so many options for things to see and do.

Your Glasgow hero?

My Glasgow hero(es) are my Mum and Dad – again possibly a cliché but they are both born and bred Glasgow and I do not know what I would do without them. They have always been there for me and even now I can’t make up my mind on big decisions without getting their opinions on it.

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

The great thing about Glasgow is there is never a shortage of things to do. A wee Sunday afternoon walk in one of the gorgeous parks then on for a hot chocolate and a slice of cake is pretty idyllic or maybe a night at the cinema followed by some cocktails with the girls is another great night out…whatever the mood there is something to do.