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5 of the best child-friendly restaurants in Glasgow

Glasgow is a city full to bursting with fantastic restaurants and excellent pubs. However, if you want to bring your children, you may need to make sure that the menu offers food they will enjoy, and that there are places for them to play.

Published: March 3, 2017

To help you find the best family-friendly restaurant, we have compiled a list of eateries which your kids are sure to love.


(140 Elderslie St, G3 7AW, 0141 353 2342)

This is an authentic Glasgow pub, which serves hearty food and top-quality beers, ciders and wines.

The Sunday roast is very popular, and can be enjoyed in the beer garden on a sunny day, or in the comfortable dining room.

The pub is dog-friendly, and the atmosphere is both warm and welcoming.

The children's menu includes bangers and mash, Margarita pizza, and fish fingers, while the a la carte menu includes classic pub fare, such as steak pie and lasagne.

Scaramouche is an ideal venue for kids' party, with plenty of toys, activities and games for children to enjoy.

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Nonna's Kitchen

(126 Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1HF, 0141 776 2777)

Nonna's offers traditional Italian cuisine in a relaxing, modern setting; the interior is characterised by comfy booths, beautiful tiles and gleaming brass.

The children's menu has plenty of dishes available in child-friendly portions, including penne bolognese and pezzi di pollo.

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For the adults, there is a huge choice of delicious Italian food, from classic starters like minestrone, to pasta dishes like penne con salsiccia, to the restaurant's signature pizza.

The Pizza Nonna is topped with tomato sugo, spinach, asparagus, goats cheese, crispy kale, and the finest buffalo mozzarella.

The Beech Tree Inn

(Dumgoyne, G63 9LA, 01360 550297)

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At the Beech Tree Inn, healthy eating is a top priority, but they also make sure that the children's menu doesn't miss out old favourites.

Kids can choose from small portions of dishes such as sirloin steak, chilli con carne and scampi, and can run around in the family garden to their hearts' content.

There is also a play area to keep the kids occupied, and also some friendly petting zoo animals who live at the inn.

The country setting of the inn is nothing short of idyllic, and the whole family can appreciate its charms.

The main menu is full of dishes made with local produce, such as the sweet potato curry, and the gluten-free haddock, and the sweet chilli chicken goujons.

Coia's Café

(473 Duke St, G31 1RD, 0141 554 3822)

This was the first café to be opened by the Coia family in 1928, and underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2006.

The well-stocked Coia delicatessen is just next door, which sells some truly scrumptious home-made ice cream.

There is a huge range of dishes on offer at the café, including pastas, pizzas, seafood and meat dishes. Also take note of the specials, which change every day.

Kids are sure to love the penne Napoli, the mince pie and the hot dog, while adults will go crazy for the Aberdeen Angus steak, the seafood platter and the pollo Milanese.


(620- 624 Alexandra Parade, G31 3BT, 0141 554 0523)

Celino's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a variety of menus to choose from depending on the occasion.

It has been family-run since 1982, and won the Best Café award in 2012 at the Scottish Entertainment Guide Awards.

At the delicatessen, you can buy top-notch Italian products, such as salsiccia, olives, and balsamic vinegar. The a la carte menu is stuffed with Italian favourites, such as spaghetti carbonara, ravioli and risotto, as well as some excellent meat and fish dishes.

Kids are also well catered for, with pastas, pizza and pan-fried chicken on the children's menu.

They will also be delighted to learn that there are desserts on the menu, including a fabulous strawberry sundae.

Maddy lives in Edinburgh and has written for the Sunday Herald and the Ed Fringe Review. She is passionate about authentic, sustainably sourced food, and is always keen to discover exciting new flavours.

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