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Social Bite opens new flagship coffee shop in the heart of Glasgow

Social Bite staff in Glasgow

SOCIAL Bite has opened the doors to its brand-new flagship coffee shop in the heart of Glasgow, offering people across the city the chance to relax and enjoy great coffee and a bite to eat, while doing their bit to help people who need it most.

Located just by Buchanan Galleries on the city’s busy Sauchiehall Street, the new coffee shop boasts an impressive menu to whet the appetite of Glaswegians including homemade bagels, toasties and artisan baking. Coffee-lovers will be treated to organic, fairtrade triple certified beans from renowned roaster Mathew Algie, with all members of the shop’s team undergoing Barista training at the Mathew Algie Coffee School to ensure the perfect blend is served.

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The social enterprise café will help Glasgow’s homeless population by offering training and employment opportunities to people in a situation of homelessness and a “Pay It Forward” system where the public can buy a meal or hot drink for someone in need. Social Bite is one of the largest providers of free freshly prepared food to homeless people in the UK, providing an average of 180,000 items of free food and hot drinks through its network of shops and partners. The new Glasgow outlet will welcome homeless and vulnerable people to access a free hot drink and a meal at various times throughout the day alongside paying customers. 100% of the profits from the café will be reinvested in Social Bite’s mission of ending homelessness.

Josh Littlejohn MBE, Co-founder and Executive Director, Social Bite, said: “We are thrilled to open our new flagship coffee shop in the heart of Glasgow. I really see this venture as the new blueprint for our social enterprise business model – offering the best-in-class food, coffee and environment for our customers to enjoy, whilst also making a massive difference to people in a situation of homelessness in the city. I would encourage all Glaswegians to come and enjoy some great coffee and food for themselves and to Pay-It-Forward for someone in need. We can’t wait to welcome you in.”

Melanie Swan, Commercial and Operations Director, Social Bite said: “Our new Glasgow location really is your one-stop-shop to enjoy authentic, Glaswegian sweet treats, hot food and quality coffee.

“We’ve taken a lot of time to put together our menu, ensuring we’re working with some of the best local brands and people who believe in and support our mission.

“What better way to relax and enjoy your coffee in the heart of beautiful Glasgow with a lovely handmade cake or pastry and all the while, know that you’re doing your bit to help others.”

The Social Bite Coffee Shop based along from Buchanan Galleries, Sauchiehall Street, will be open to the public from Thursday 27 April, Monday to Friday 7am – 7pm and Saturdays and Sundays 8am –  6pm. To find out more about Social Bite, please visit

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