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The North Base Cafe & Visitor Centre - CLOSED

Saxa Vord | Haroldswick, ZE2 9TJ, Scotland
+44 1957 711393
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Friendly and welcoming

I walked up to Saxa Vord Resort to have a look at the area, as it was lunch time I visited the... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2016
Tasro
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Queensland, Australia
Fascinating museum but basic cafe.

A reasonable place to stop for a snack and drink but quality left a bit to be desired. Toasted... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2016
Naishcombe
,
Bideford, United Kingdom
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The North Base Visitor centre is based on the former RAF Saxa Vord site, and here you will find a cafe, an RAF exhibition concerning the former RAF station at Saxa Vord, Foords Chocolates, a craft room, Unst Information Room, Walkers Are Welcome and Unst Cycle Hire.Our cafe menu includes hot and cold food, hot snacks, hot and cold drinks, cakes, sweets and much more. Please note that due to being a small business and not a factory, Foords Chocolates production is not constant and so are unable to give demonstrations of chocolate making. Dogs on leads are welcome
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  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible9%
9 Oct 2016
“Friendly and welcoming”
4 Oct 2016
“Fascinating museum but basic cafe.”
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Saxa Vord | Haroldswick, ZE2 9TJ, Scotland
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+44 1957 711393
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

I walked up to Saxa Vord Resort to have a look at the area, as it was lunch time I visited the North Base Cafe and Visitors Centre. Simple but adequate food was available on the menu, the service prompt and friendly. The hot chocolate...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2016

A reasonable place to stop for a snack and drink but quality left a bit to be desired. Toasted sandwiches were tasty but thin slice bread was used. Coffee was very poor a fairly cheap instant brand we think. Service was acceptable although there was...More

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Aaron F, Owner at The North Base Cafe & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2016

Thank you for visiting us and we are glad that overall you enjoyed your visit. We are only a cafe, we are not trying to be a restaurant and so yes we serve instant coffee and we have a basic menu that gives good quality...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

This cafe is located in the former RAF base of Saxa Vord. Not only is this a beautiful area, but there is a cafe, bike shop, museum (info about the air base), chocolate factory and the cafe. There is also a brewery and distillery on...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Visited cafe with a group. Miserable, surly service and a pathetic excuse for a scone, jam & cream. Scone was nothing like any scone I'd had before. A rock hard lump of bread like substance. Cream was from an aerosol can. Coffee was a cheap...More

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Aaron F, Owner at The North Base Cafe & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2016

I am sorry that you were not happy with your visit to our premises. For your information, the scones are made at our local bakery on the island to a very high standard so I am not sure what you may have experienced before as...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2016

Hiya! We are ashamed to say that it is over a year since we last visited, simply down to other summertime commitments! We rang first, hoping that you were still open and gladly you still were, and will be for a few more weeks yet,...More

1  Thank Les S
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We visited Unst for the first time in many years, an island we love in Shetland. One of the places we really wanted to visit was the RAF museum, which we also knew housed a cafe. And we weren't disappointed. This is a really lovely...More

1  Thank Steve N
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

Going around on Unst, we passed at the former RAF base Saxa Vord. This little restaurant also host a museum and chocolate factory. Cool place to stay with photos of the past. The cafetaria offers good food for lunch with lot of home cooking items...More

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Reviewed 20 August 2016

We are tourists and had a bit of a road trip on Friday 19th August from Quendale, South Mainland to Skaw at the top of Unst. We took the opportunity to have a snack at the Cafe. We had not appreciated that there was also...More

Thank Susan L
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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We were staying at the Saxa Vord houses so this was the nearest cafe and luckily one of the very few places on Unst that you can take your dog inside during inclement weather, which we had a fair bit of during our two weeks....More

Thank Geoff R
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

After being at a wedding in yell we decided to make the most of our Saturday and take a day trip to Unst. On first impressions of the place it seemed a bit that people were kind of overlooked in this establishment in comparison to...More

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Aaron F, Owner at The North Base Cafe & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2016

Thank you for visiting us and I am glad you liked your hot chocolates. Unfortunately it is the actions f some that spoil facilities for others, and it is due to previous irresponsible people that we have had to ensure that people are aware that...More

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