I’ve been somewhat less frequent in my breakfast visits to Glasgow, of late, so was glad to restore balance to the bacon force with an early morning stop in the Merchant City. Madison’s near Strathclyde University was my venue of choice.
Part newsagent, part sandwich counter in the fading tradition as such lost gems as Fox’s, Madison’s is a straighforward little place serving no-nonsense breakfast and lunchtime dishes. Breakfast rolls, burgers, egg mayo sandwiches, pickled onion Space Raiders, bottles of Irn Bru are the staples.
I ordered a bacon and black pudding roll topped with brown sauce as is often my way. This was delivered after a short wait for the black pudding to be cooked to order.
I ate as I walked up the hill to the university buildings. With a signature crisp morning roll to the fore, this was a satisfying eat with no shortage of flavour. There was also no shortage of grease, but I’m a fan of that so lapped it up with glee.
Once I’d crossed the threshold of the university where I was delivering a short speech on something or other, I was delighted to notice a large brown sauce smear down my nose. This was after I’d been introduced to my hosts for the day, but before I’d begun speaking. It made for a good opening joke.
So overall, I enjoyed my trip to Madison’s. They served me a greasy delight that really hit the spot. The spot was probably an artery close to my heart so I’ll perhaps lay off the rolls for a bit until I give it time to dissipate. But in time I’ll be back for another visit.
Blythe scores Madison’s
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20
I ate: bacon and black pudding roll
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £2.20
Address: 80 George Street, City Centre, Glasgow G1 1RF