Glasgow welcomes city's first Gaelic cafe

A cafe based in Glasgow’s West End is set to take the city by storm with its emphasis on everything Gaelic.

Coffee and Craic opened earlier this month on Elderslie Street and will serve up a hefty portion of arts, crafts and music sessions all with a traditional Celtic flavour. 

The cafe, which is run as a social enterprise, received funding and support from Firstport’s Ditto programme. Two other Glasgow-based social enterprises, Treemendus and Junkitecture, part of the award-winning Beyond the Finish Line* project, were commissioned to furnish the cafe’s interior. 

Sarah Bolland owner of Coffee and Craic said: "Since being accepted onto Firstport’s Ditto programme, the last three months have been an absolute whirlwind and I have been so incredibly lucky to see my plans become a reality. 

“Having Treemendus and Junkitecture on board meant that we managed to create the vision I had for Coffee and Craic in a very economical and thrifty way. 

“Everything in the cafe is recycled or upcycled, from the wood on the tables, to our old leather sofa. I am so grateful to Firstport for allowing me, and the Gaelic community to make this happen. Moran taing!"

Karen McGregor, Chief Executive of Firstport, said: “Coffee and Craic is a fantastic addition to Glasgow’s cafe scene. But with language classes, workshops and music sessions on the menu as well as coffee and cake it’s more than just another cafe.

“We are especially delighted that Sarah was able to work with two other social enterprises supported by Firstport - Treemendus and Junkitecture.”

*Beyond the Finish Line is a one year project, co-ordinated jointly by Firstport and Icecream Architecture. It used the momentum of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the imagination of Glasgow’s young people to find social enterprise solutions to the issue of high street and town centre decline. The project recently won the Social Enterprise Scotland ‘Inspiring Youth’ award and both the judges and public award at the Lighthouse Design Impact awards. It has been shortlisted for the Town Centre Regeneration category of the 2014 SURF awards, to be announced on 2 December.