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The School House

A75 | Ringford, Castle Douglas DG7 2AL, Scotland
+44 1557 820250
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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A75 | Ringford, Castle Douglas DG7 2AL, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Schoolhouse is a hidden gem. Wonderful freshly cooked food, scrumptious cakes with a pleasant atmosphere and excellent service. Owner Caroline makes everybody feel so welcome, well worth a visit.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Dawn M
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So, pleased that you found us! We love what we do so please spread the word and come and see us again soon.

Reviewed 3 November 2018

I went in everyday for breakfast before I started my day trips and loved it. When I first arrived and saw the sign to wait and be shown to a table I thought this is much more up market than places I go for breakfast....More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Ian S
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2018

Thank you! Always great to have such great feedback about what we and our staff do. Come back soon.

Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

We were late in for lunch 2:15pm), in late October, and that wasn’t a problem (which it often would be around this area). My husband had a burger and was very pleased with it. I had the pie of the day, which was chicken and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 589dianaw
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Went today Friday 12th October for a birthday treat , even though weather was awful outside it was lovely and warm inside with lovely fire. Staff are so lovely , place so clean . Food amazing , we had the special menu of the day...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Kenneth D
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Great! we love what we do - it's just good basic cooking with the best ingredients and love and care, we taste what we prepare before we serve it, not a new idea but so many places dont! Our team enjoy what they do because...More

Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

When my car broke down today the very kind staff let me use their car park while I waited for a breakdown truck to arrive. They gave me a free coffee and even let me use their phone! Top-notch Galloway friendliness and hospitality! The coffee...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Rhinsman
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

Do unto others as you would wish to be done to you! It's an old saying but oh so true, few years ago turned out at 1 am to change a tyre for a lady out on the main road, by the time it was...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

First time I have stopped at The Schoolhouse even though I had passed it many times with driving coaches. Stopped here today with 33 passengers who where on a mystery coach trip. I had soup and sandwiches which was excellent, even though they have a...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank emailmarkking
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Nearly 50 years in the hospitality business - secret (not) is organisation, plan and prepare. We enjoy what we do, our staff have been with us years because they enjoy what we do! Cup of coffee, great Sunday lunch - all get our care and...More

Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

On our journey from Manchester to visit relatives in Belfast, we stopped off for an early lunch at the Schoolhouse- excellent food and slick service which was good as we were on a tight schedule to get to the ferry - thanks. We also bought...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank graemevenn
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Delighted! We do try to speed it through for ferry customers/ on manic days it just isn’t possible . Our food is all prepared and served with love and care- next time we suggest you take some extras to the ferry and sell them on!!...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018

The choice of food is large , all tastes and ages are well catered for , and if you only stop off for a tea and coffee , the selection of home baked cakes will not fail to disappoint The car park is huge and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank markex45commando
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Many thanks, we and our staff enjoy preparing and serving great fresh food, your kind words are great motivation. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 1 October 2018

I had the steaks at the Schoolhouse recommended to me recently by a friend and decided to give them a try. We visited this weekend and I had a medium cooked steak, onion rings and chips - absolutely delicious. it was so tender and there...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank billfox318
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Our thanks for your review. Simply great raw ingredients cooked with love and care. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Need to do their homework! Very slow service. Starters arrived after 35 mins - apparently ‘chef’ had burned my first two Falafel, the third effort was greasy mush with a very boring salad. Pate starters came with large dollop of pate, 2 little oat biscuits...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Ann Marie S
David L, Owner at The School House, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

Ouch!! That just isn’t how it should be- and to be fair from our reviews it usually is not. Not going to dispute your comments but believe me the team will take on board. Sure you will understand that customer service everywhere can get strained...More

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Questions & Answers
21 November 2018|
Response from David L | Property representative |
Many thanks for your enquiry and apologies for the delay in replying. Christmas menu is available from Monday the 10th. restaurant closes at 3 pm on the 24th and reopens on the 27th. We close at 3 pm on the 31st and re-open... More
Steve G
17 August 2018|
Response from Ja O | Reviewed this property |
Hey! Yes, plenty of room to park. Dogs seem to be welcome outside.
samantha m
1 August 2018|
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Response from David L | Property representative |
Yes by all means, if you have visited us before you will have a good idea of the menu, salad boxes and sandwiches on our home made bread are always popular- and of course desserts and tray bakes- all homemade.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: A75 | Ringford, Castle Douglas DG7 2AL, Scotland (Formerly Tjhe Schoolhouse)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dumfries and Galloway  >  Castle Douglas
  • Phone Number: +44 1557 820250
Situated beside the main A75, just outside the village of Ringford and some 3 miles inland from the artists town of Kirkcudbright. The restaurant is in what was the local primary and junior school for the village and surrounding area and closed in 1977. Originally opened around 1983 as a tea-room, we are now only the third owners having taken it over in 2006. Our background is in retail delicatessens as much as in restaurant food and when you visit you will see that in the refrigerated display in the restaurant. We are proud of our food and almost everything that can be made on the premises is - the list is long but includes our own bread, all the cakes, desserts and traybakes, home cooked ham, our own jam, cranberry sauce, hummus and much more. We are open from 10 am serving food all day through to last orders at 6 pm ( 4 pm some days in the winter months) but closed on a Wednesday. Whilst we are open all year we do close for a break in November and go into hibernation for January.
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