MUCH-loved West End hangout The Hug and Pint is set to take the South Side by storm this week as it brings the area its first dedicated vegan kitchen.

Kicking off a three-month residency at The Glad Cafe on Pollokshaws Road, complimenting the team’s existing brunch offering, the evening menu will bring an added bit of spice into the space.

‘Hen of the Woods’ whips up vegan and vegetarian delights during the day at the popular hangout, while the evening menu is styled on The Hug and Pint’s ever-popular rotating menu of pan-Asian cuisine.

The menu, described by bosses as “always evolving, always changing, and always exciting,” strives to give diners something different every time, but with the level of consistency expected from favourite ‘go-to’ food spots.

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The eatrey’s favourites, such as sichuan tofu and black bean, jackfruit curry, smashed cucumber with chilli and peanuts and sweet soy and coconut tempeh appear regularly on the menu, which will change daily.

Colin Campbell, of concert promotions company 432 Presents and co-founder of the Hug and Pint, described how his team has been fortunate enough to work with their friends at The Glad Cafe for a few months, developing a daytime offering as ‘Hen of the Woods’.

He added: “Getting to know the locals in this area has been wonderful and there’s been an enthusiastic response from them so far.

“The addition of evening service in the style of our beloved Hug and Pint is something we’d always hoped would happen here, so we’re delighted we now have the opportunity to provide the area with its first vegan restaurant, in a setting that fits us perfectly.”

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Both kitchens are led by head chef Jake Martell, whose talents have helped put The Hug and Pint firmly on the map, not just in Glasgow, but internationally.

Colin continued: “International visitors and touring artists, especially from the USA, often tell us of their excitement to finally be eating at The Hug and Pint.

“Not a week goes by without a table telling us of their friends back home in California or New York who have urged them to check us out on their visit. It’s great to be representing Glasgow in that manner.

“We’re mega proud of our city and love to hear that, even in the small ways of serving food, programming gigs or running The National Whisky Festival, we get to influence the decision of holidaymakers to come to Glasgow and see what the place is all about.”