When the Library Lunch just won’t cut it…

 

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We’ve all been there – it’s 1pm in the library, your concentration’s slipping and you’ve got a hunger that a Fraser building egg-mayo just isn’t going to satisfy. As students, there’s nothing we love  better than a good lunch-deal; they’re quick, good value for money and perfect for refueling on a busy day at uni. Lucky for us here in the West End, we’re never more than a stone’s throw away from something truly delicious. As a self-proclaimed food lover and regular lunch-eater, I’ve done my research and it’s safe to say we’re spoilt for choice on the lunch front. Whether you want a quick hand-held bite or something a little more indulgent, Glasgow’s always got you covered.

Byres Road is an obvious go-to for a bite to eat in between study sessions, but there is so much more to it than your average Boots meal-deal. Why settle for a cold chicken wrap when you could get some fresh hot Mexican just a few doors down? Grab a burrito, tortilla chips and a can at Taco Mazama for just under a fiver. This popular spot boasts a variety of tasty fillings and toppings, and caters to meat-eaters, veggies and vegans alike. If you’re not in the mood for all that spice though, take a little walk up the road to Old Salty’s. This popular chippy offers an under-appreciated £5 lunch deal on weekdays; options range from lighter fayre like soups and salads to their prized mac and cheese, or a small fish supper if you’ve got that Friday feeling.

If it’s just a sandwich you’re after, the possibilities are endless. You’re first port of call has got to be Peña. This cute little nook down Eton Lane is just a two minute walk from the library, and is a favourite among coffee aficionados as well as foodies. Its ever-evolving menu now offers creative open-faced sandwiches and salads as well as their famous cheese toasties, which you can still grab with any hot drink in their deal. Walk a little further along to Great Western Road and you’ll come across the sandwich institution that is Il Cappuccino. Having served hungry West-Enders for over 20 years, their £4.50 lunch-deal, which includes a special sandwich, crisps and a drink, is an offer not to be refused – the esteemed Italian Stallion is a personal favourite.

In the mood for something a bit healthier? Don’t be put off by Roots and Fruits’ shop prices; just £3 will buy you a big bowl of fresh soup and bread, ideal on one of Glasgow’s triweekly rainy days. Tchai-Ovna’s hippie paradise on Otago Lane is also great for a cozy-catch up, and are now serving free sandwiches with each bowl of their comforting veggie soups.

While these are all lunchtime gems that aren’t to be missed, these few suggestions don’t do the huge variety the West End has to offer justice. In this ever-expanding foodie hotspot, there are so many more places to go, menus to see and sandwiches to conquer. All I can say is, challenge accepted.

Zoe McNaughton

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