Alex Burns

Danish culture is firmly en vogue nowadays with hygge, Scandi TV dramas and stylish furniture all popular among those in the know. But who would have guessed that it was actually a Glaswegian cafe that sparked an interest in Danish culture several decades ago? These are the proud staff of the Danish Food Centre, pictured here in St Vincent Street in 1982. Situated on what is now the TSB bank near the Apple Store, the centre contained a restaurant, buffet and even a shop selling Danish meat and cheese.

The ladies posing here were named as Britt, Lone, Carol, Ingeberthe and Helle – but notice the chef also trying to sneak into the picture. In their shop streaky bacon was 90p per 450g, a bargain by 2017 terms with supermarkets now charging an average of £2 for only 300g. The restaurant also offered a plethora of seafood in their famous Danish Cold Table: with prawns, salmon, mackerel and herring for any exotic minded diners.

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Our Herald writer at the time was very impressed with the £7.95 price tag of the all you can eat cold table, describing the Danish centre as "hard to beat". With such apparently good value on offer, it is somewhat surprising that the Danish Food Centre didn’t last long enough to benefit from the revival of Danish culture.