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The Schoolhouse

A75 | Ringford, Castle Douglas DG7 2AL, Scotland
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
A75 | Ringford, Castle Douglas DG7 2AL, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Superb venue for a relaxing meal if you are en route to the Ferry at Cairnryan Stranraer. Good menu choice with table service and adequate parking outside. Ideal for disabled all on one level. Home made cakes are a real luxury!

1  Thank janeH5350UO
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second visit to the Schoolhouse. It’s a lovely unassuming restaurant. Fantastic food, service is great and excellent selection of deserts. Good local beer too! Highly recommended.

1  Thank RonnieRambler
Reviewed 9 May 2018

My wife & I have a Caravan in the area so are regular visitors to these Tea Rooms. They serve first class food & drink at competitive prices in unique premises at an easy to access location by the side of the A75. For me...More

1  Thank MIKE G
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Been here three times now and always visit when we’re in the area. The chicken & leek pie is the best pie I’ve ever had. Added to that the chips and gravy are also great.Some great deserts to take away too.

1  Thank actormat
David L, Public Relations Manager at The Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2018

Great pastry, consistent cooking with top quality ingredients and chips fried to order. It’s not difficult, just takes love and attention. Thank you for your kind words.

Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

This was my second visit to the Schoolhouse. I was delighted to find that the food was just as delicious as I had remembered and the staff as friendly and attentive. I was here with a couple of former work colleagues and they were highly...More

1  Thank Pauline R
David L, Public Relations Manager at The Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you so much for your comments. Consistency from years of sourcing raw materials, selecting dishes that work and above all a professional happy team! Look forward to your future visits.

Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

I have visited restaurant several times now and never been disappointed. The service has always been warm and welcoming and food delicious. Can’t wait to go back and try more lovely dishes. Would not hesitate to recommend this place.

1  Thank Riza D
David L, Public Relations Manager at The Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you so much, compliments from regular customers are so good for all the team. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Came to Dumfries and Galloway for the weekend and came across The Schoolhouse best Sunday lunch ever and the staff were so friendly telling where the beaches were. Would recommend! Even had home made baklava !More

1  Thank Seyhan B
David L, Owner at The Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Congratulations! You found us - beneath that old school exterior, a world of real fresh food, the best ingredients prepared and cooked with care and pride. No buy in’s, no packet mixes, just great food. Our staff share our ethos of welcoming and our proud...More

Reviewed 9 April 2018

Excellent food in a relaxed environment with friendly staff. Haddock Mornay and Chicken Pie are real favourites. High Tea menu is amazing value for money. Ample parking

1  Thank Caroline R
David L, Public Relations Manager at The Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thank you, we aim to produce great simple tasty food using quality ingredients and giving value for money. Happy atmosphere serving great food.

Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Ringford is so lucky to have this fantastic restaurant. Food is fabulous and if all you want is a coffee you are made to feel every bit as welcome.

1  Thank clarehagan28
David L, Public Relations Manager at The Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Thank you, we have a lot of years in hospitality, all customers are welcomed with good service and a smile. Our staff have all been with us a long time, their enthusiasm and commitment is such a great feeling.

Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Would loved to have stayed in Galloway longer just so we could have tried the rest of the menu. The breakfast was fresh and wholesome and thoroughly enjoyed. We even had 4 cakes to take away which did not get back to England. They were...More

1  Thank Ian H
David L, Director of Sales at The Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Great to hear you enjoyed a freshly cooked breakfast, only problem with our wonderful cakes and desserts is dealing with a sticky steering wheel! Come back and try the rest of our fresh food.

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Merlin A
20 July 2017|
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Response from David L | Property representative |
Apologies for the delay in replying. We open at 10 am daily and offer a full breakfast menu until 11.30 am
Justin H
29 May 2015|
Response from David L | Property representative |
Last orders are 6 pm. If you are in and ordered - whew! we close an hour later at 7 pm. So many places have a closing time and you are scared to go in maybe half an hour before that! Last orders are 6.00 pm!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
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: 01557-82-02-50
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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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