Rose and Grants

Rose and Grants
27 Trongate, Merchant City, Glasgow, G1 5EZ
  • Telephone 0141 553 0501
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–5pm; Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 10am–5pm
  • Average price £5.50 (set lunch)
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A welcome addition to Argyle Street's eastern end – an already interesting arty area that has for long held so much potential – recently opened Rose and Grants Trongate is the sister café to its namesake in Milngavie. Bright and spacious, with a couch for lounging and plenty of tables, it is already pulling in the lunchtime crowd and may soon be open as an evening bistro too. The breakfast menu ranges from bagels to yogurt muesli while lunch includes soups, salads and sandwiches. The best of both worlds is the chicken caesar baguette which skimps a bit on the parmesan but makes up for it with the tasty dressing. The less common soup combo of tomato and parsnip works very well – the tomato adding so much more than its subtle background taste suggests. The grilled goat's cheese salad is a melting marvel, served with a generous portion of pancetta and pine nuts on a bed of rocket.

  • High point: Quality, healthy food in an area that needs a boost
  • Low point: Quite a price hike to sit in but it's early days
  • Delivery: Free for 10+
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Live music, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Eclectic mellow sounds
  • Capacity: 42
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2011

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14. Mrs Nibbler22 Jun 2014, 3:00pm4 stars Rose and Grants Report

Revisited with two friends this week. We had 3 excellent, fresh tasty salads that were a delight to the eye too and the best lattes in Glasgow.
Friendly efficient service added to a very enjoyable experience.

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11. LuCa16 Feb 2013, 4:24pm5 stars Rose and Grants Report

Delicious food and great service. There is a lovely choice of sandwiches. I had the special, bagel with humous, tomatoes, rocket and olives which was sublime. The freshest bagel I've ever tasted.The homemade soup was wonderful; carrot, tomato and basil with a tasty garnish of balsamic vinegar and creme fraiche. I also really enjoyed the chai tea. Definitely worth a visit, the staff were top notch and made you feel very welcome. Lovely experience.

10. Franca Manca31 Mar 2012, 4:07pm5 stars Rose and Grants Report

It's hard to know whether or not Rose and Grants are two people. I suspect it's too close to Rosencrantz from Hamlet to be sure. But I have to say this wee place really brought a smile to my face. Fresh food always goes down well as does care and attention to quality. Rose and Grants scores very highly for that reason, I had a sandwich and cappuccino last Tuesday as m & s seemed like to far a walk in the cold. The whole thing cost me £6 or so, (about a pound more than supermarketing it) to my surprise it ticked eveything, fresh hand cut bread, fresh and balanced fillings in the perfect amount as well as light crisp salad. Lovely! The cappuccino was the colour of the cappuccino monks' cape that the coffee is named after. (Geek coffee fact for ya!) the only way this is achieved is by combination of disciplines from machine management, coffee grinding and milk turning which is a skill only usually found in Italy and seldom in the pretentious 'artisan' roasters stalking the uk just now. They should take a leaf out of these guys book and just make it using the correct method. My friend who trained as a Barrista in Italy (she's actually and Aussie though) said it was the best cappuccino out of Italy.

9. Howie T27 Feb 2012, 7:21pm3 stars Rose and Grants Report

Have been a few times as it's always nice to try out new places.

Plus - comfy sofas, food is pretty good, coffee is decent, toilets clean, free wifi, coffee and cake deal, tasty cakes. value for money.
Minus - menus were dirty, no receipts offered(overcharged once), maybe have a daily paper to read.

A pretty poor point was that the one of the staff (maybe manageress with long hair) accused us of trying to do a runner even though my jacket and laptop were still on the table. I was only walking my wife to the door.

I had been quite enjoying the place for somewhere different but the above has maybe made me look elsewhere again.

8. PeterM9421 Jan 2012, 12:47pm5 stars Rose and Grants Report

I live local and am delighted to see new places opening up in Trongate particulary as its open on Sunday. The sandwiches are made from proper hand cut bread rather than the usual mothers pride you get at this end of town. What surprises me is that as the coffee is sooo good why are they not advertising it more? The place looks great inside, (apart from the chairs) but the only place you see anything about the coffee is the price board. They should stick a big Bei and Nannini or Illy (or whatever they use) sign outside...!

7. LP18 Jan 2012, 12:55pm3 stars Rose and Grants Report

Would really like to support this place as it is great to see new places popping up round about. However, the sandwiches have too much bread and not enough filling (both times I have been). Good coffee though.

6. Colvino27 Nov 2011, 10:44pm Report

*Amazing* coffee!, lovely helpful staff and delicious looking brownies. I had only popped in on Saturday morning because I saw the Bei and Nannini sign through the window, loved my macchiato just like in Lucca, made me homesick! You want coffee like in Italy, try this place you wont be disappointed.

5. Mrs Nibbler27 Nov 2011, 10:31pm Report

Good coffee, freshly made sandwiches with great choice and friendly staff

4. CraigK_6821 Nov 2011, 11:41pm Report

Nice coffee! I visited last week to give the coffee a try as the inside looked really nice. I was really surprised by how good the coffee was and am now getting my pre-work morning cappuccino and cream cheese bacon bagel there as they are open at 8am. The place is gorgeous but I think they could do with some soft seating. The millionaire's shortcake is amazing....! Def. the best coffee in the Merchant City, without a doubt.

3. Chuck Rose19 Nov 2011, 12:33pm Report

The owners plan to develop the gallery side of things very soon, and they hope to have some more confortable seating shorty. Thank you for your comments.

2. Sally Ann14 Nov 2011, 4:56pm Report

Great that there is a new place for me to go at lunch time and the coffee is great and nice staff. It is in the heart of Artsville though, so why not use the wallspace? There are plenty of up and coming Artists in Glasgow that would bring in people to see their work, do something different and reap the rewards!

1. Mags_Mac13 Nov 2011, 5:59pm Report

What a lovely cafe, best coffee in the area. I like a strong Mocha so it suits me. The place is brand new and has a gorgeous interior what it needs is some coaches as the fairs aren't comfy! Like having somewhere nice near me..!

Average rating 4/5 from 6 reviews of Rose and Grants.

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