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The Ark

COVID-19 Update: This restaurant is only available for takeaway or delivery at this time.

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Cafe, British, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I visited for a spot of lunch whilst staying in the local area. A really lovely little cafe staff all very friendly and polite. The cafe was quite busy but out food still came out quicjly and was delicious. Will definitely visit...again if we are in the area.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pretty much fell upon The Ark by accident. We had taken lunch at The Anchor and decided to walk it off. We couldn't resist the ice creams so went in and bought some. The ice cream is gorgeous. The four of us sampled different flavours...and none of us was disappointed. Having noticed the adjoining cafe we decided to have a light lunch in there on a subsequent day. The cafe is spotlessly clean, the service was first class and the customer toilets spotlessly clean also. We made several more trips for ice cream during our stay in Sandyhills. It was well worth it. Some may complain it is a bit pricey. We have an artisan ice cream shop in our home town and the prices are quite comparable. If you want a cheap ice cream - buy a Mr Whippy!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Overpriced tourist trap. Gifts are the usual Scottish tat, lots of tartan and Heeland Coos etc. Food is nice but limited. Ice creams are lovely but very expensive.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 10 April 2022

As a local and regular of this local cafe . I was very dismayed with the service or rather complete lack of today .. resulting in me having to give up and walk away … I popped into the cafe at 12ish .. all the...tables were occupied so I asked the 4 girls behind the counter if I could sit outside and was informed to take a seat and someone would come out and take my order .. I waited over tin mins in the chilly cold wind and nobody came .. eventually another girl served a family at another outdoor table and as she walked past me empty handed on return I asked if I could get served .. she responded with .. someone will be out soon .. a few minutes later another girl stuck her head out of the door and said .. do you want to order ? I said yes please I’ve been waiting .. she then told me you need to come in and order at the counter ..!! Omg .. I was so dismayed with the attitude and service .. even though there were 4 members of waiting staff available …I just said .. forget it !! I have three very busy holiday cottages in the near vicinity and I will no longer be recommending anytime in the near future !More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 23 November 2021 via mobile

The home baking and the coziness of The Ark was a welcome refuge on a beautiful but cold day. The staff were pleasant and attentive. Service was prompt and the café was clean and tidy. When we were trying to take a photo of our...group outside, one of the staff came out unprompted and took the pic for us. Thank you.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 15 September 2021

Lovely, tasty, locally produced ice cream Even our four legged friends got some. Lovely items in the shop too.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021

We have visited many times on our annual trip to Scotland; usually in February. This year we came in the summer - great Covid precautions, food was as always brilliant and service is friendly and efficient- highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 7 July 2021

We had been coming to Kippford for many years until recently. We knew of this place when children wanted icecream or holiday souvenirs( hairy haggis and tam o shanters) We have all grown out of that phase. Delighted that it now serves very good takeaway...coffee and panini, also delicious traybakes. Sadly no souvenirs.. Places to sit out side and a lovely view of Kippford. Delightful 'shelly' beaches a short walk away. Our new favourite place in the area.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 27 June 2021 via mobile

Excellent lunch stop with delicious wraps, panini, ice cream and coffee while sitting in a beautiful spot. What’s not to love.

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 12 June 2021 via mobile

Excellent little cafe. Stopped off here for a drink and to enjoy the beautiful village of Kippford. Lovely service by the gentleman that ssrvice and didn't wait long for our order. Ordered a brie bacon and cranberry panini for my mum, it looked delicious and...she really enjoyed it. The cafe stocks cream of galloway ice-cream and its not to be missed. The banoffe is to die for. I took home a slice of toffee cake and my other half said it was the nicest he ever had. Well worth a visit. We will be back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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26 January 2019|
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Response from johnsU5410HQ | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. Perhaps best to call.
9 September 2018|
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Response from Rantinrover | Reviewed this property |
The Ark has re-opened - reviewed 3 days ago on TA. Don't know their policy as regards dogs however it is quite a small tearoom so I'd be surprised if they were allowed inside (with exception of guide dogs).
1 November 2017|
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Response from Heather T | Reviewed this property |
sorry lve been to the ark before but l didn't know there was a flat above it just call in next time and ask the lady in the tea room
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Yes, The Ark offers takeaway services.

The Ark is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4