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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came with a friend today, having been many times before. It is awful, burgers described as homemade but no way . I am a chef so know the difference. Food like 1960 s school lunch. Friend had a sandwich that was so basic and bland....Prices very expensive for complete rubbish, will never returnMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having stumbled upon the cow shed when we were visiting the very nearby beach, I was really surprised afterwards to find such a low scoring that if I had been actively looking for somewhere to go, the rating would have put me off. It’s a...great little cafe with a basic and limited menu which includes the usual hot cafe fare. Very clean and dog friendly in all but the sofa sections. I really liked it and I would certainly return. Better than a chain cafe.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A real shame this is a lovely location. But the menu is so limited, now just offering sandwiches. No cooked breakfast just a variety of baps. Sausage, egg, bacon. A few panninis. Used to go quite often and loved the eggs Benedict etc. More like...a bog standard cafe but a lot more expensive.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 6 March 2024 via mobile

We've been here a few times after a long walk on the beach, and although we've always enjoyed their food the experience has been a bit slow. They've now changed the menu to simplify it, and you order at the counter and get a buzzer...so you know when your food is ready, and everything is much more efficient and easier for the customers. I got a beef burger with cheese and fried onions. Was a good burger for the price. My wife got a bacon bap which was good, except they forgot to put any butter in! We also got a scone to take away and after eating it later in the day can confirm it was a very good scone. Will definitely be back next time we're in the area.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 17 February 2024

Friends of ours have mentioned the Cow Shed and Fraisthorpe beach as a good place to go with our two little dogs. Plenty of beach for the doggoes to be exercised, and a good cafe which is dog friendly. We were almost put off by...the poor reviews, but in the end decided to go with the most recent one, which was very positive. Valentine's Day was not great in terms of the weather, and after a beach walk, during which we got soaked, we were glad to return to the Cow Shed for lunch. You walk-in, find a table, then queue cafeteria style to order your food. The menu is cafeteria style too, with sandwiches, paninis, and some choices of hot food. When you place your order if it is hot food you're having, it is made to order and you are given a flashing pager which beeps you when your food is ready. I had a burger, which was very substantial, homemade, and extremerly tasty; my wife had a baked potato, which she said was just what she needed to put the warmth back after our soaking on the beach. During our meal we found ourselves unexpectedly on a table next to a guy who I hadn't seen for 12 years or more. My wife and I had just engaged in conversation with his wife about our dogs, when he came back to the table and recognised me straight away. In the course of the conversation I mentioned that this was our first time at Fraisthorpe Beach, and our first visit to the Cow Shed. What he said next maybe is a clue to why there are vastly different perceptions of the cafe in the reviews you're likely to read on TripAdvisor. He told me that under previous management it had been more of a restaurant, and though highly rated, it was not economically viable, and the owners found it difficult to attract staff. The new owners had adopted a pragmatic approach and had changed the ethos of the Cow Shed to be more like a cafe or cafeteria. My friend told me that it had not gone done so well with some of the people who remembered it as it was. I think we have to be objectove here. What we have is a well appointed and cosy beachside cafe which offers good value basic food to those that want it. On the day we were there people were grateful to be inside, but it was also clear that there are picnic tables for patrons outside, a terrace, and a whole set of tables for people who want to avail themselves of the take away service that the Cow Shed also offers. We thought it was great, and we look forward to going back on a nicer day...but the change in philosophy obviously works. The cafe was busy, despite the weather, many families with their children and pets occupied the tables, and I noticed that their was also an area for people who don't want to mix with dogs. I can imagine on a nice sunny and dry day, sitting outside with a great view of the sea will also be a very pleasant experience indeed.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 February 2024 via mobile

Visited today, 7th Feb, not been since it’s changed management and was a bit nervous having read some of the previous reviews. However, we needn’t have been, there was a warm, relaxed friendly atmosphere. We had the roast beef and fried onion baguette which was...delicious with a portion of chips. It was quite busy, lots of people walking dogs on the beach, but we didn’t have to wait long for our food and the staff were very pleasant. So pleased it has managed to re open.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 January 2024

Really cool spot overlooking the sea, ample choice of indoor and outdoor seating and dog friendly too. The tea was good and the food on offer has made us plan our next visit already.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2023 via mobile

A nice friendly cafe in the beach. We did wait ages in a queue to be served but the panini's we ordered were hot and very welcome after a walk with our dog on the beach. Cakes were lovely too. Dogs very welcome inside which...is always a plus.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

Having supported the cow shed for many years as an excellent cafe.. Sadly today's visit left me heartbroken at the quality of the food and service.. My chicken bacon & cheese paninis looked like it was left overs from a chopping board.. Latte was luke...warm.. Service was not friendly at all.. I actually thought it had been taken over as it was well below the standard I usually see.. Very disappointed visit todayMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2023 via mobile

So disappointing, loved my Winter walks and Sunday brunch. All changed now food is very limited and poor quality, service is curt and pricey. A superb setting but food and service no longer in sync. Next time will byo or go elsewhere.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023

We go to Bridlington several times a year and always make a point of going to the Cow Shed for a meal at least once during our visit, because it's a lovely place with excellent food, and reasonably priced (for the quality). This time however,...what on earth has happened? The staff looked miserable and seemed like they would rather be somewhere else. The woman who served us seemed confused as to what an Americano was, and even more so with the request of an oat milk, decaf cappuccino, both of these were given to us in paper cups? I did ask if I could put my own milk in but this was refused. I had a sausage bap in a powdery bun and was given a buzzy disc thing which would alert me when it was ready so I could go up and get it myself - there is no service here now. When it was ready, there was nothing except the dusty bun and a couple of near cold sausages, no butter, no salad, nothing, not even a plate it was passed to me in a paper bag! My Wife had scone, cream and jam, or what is often referred to as a cream tea. She asked for some butter to go with it, but when we got to a table, she opened her paper bag - yes the cream tea was given to us in a paper bag!, and, no butter. When asked for a knife for the cream tea, we were given a wooden one, as there were no metal ones available. The cappuccino was tasteless, as if their idea of a decaf was not putting any coffee in it? My coffee tasted ok, but wasn't hot, and the scone tasted ok, but apart from that, the whole experience was very poor indeed, and over priced. We didn't clean our things away as was seemed to be expected of us as after using our paper bags as plates, they became bonded to the table which had a strange stickiness to it. So, no attempt at any form of presentation, no cutlery, no crockery, no service, and not even a hint of politeness. Still expensive though.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023 via mobile

Sadly we visited last year and thought the cafe was excellent with brilliant menu, food and service . Returned this year and wow we were disappointed. Very limited take away menu only and very disappointing quality . Won’t be visiting again

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 September 2023

Having read previous reviews that were super critical of the Cafe, we had exactly the opposite experience this morning!! A warm welcome, efficient and friendly service and a stunning terrace with amazing beach views too! Please don't be deterred by the lengthy negative previous reviewers....it's...a recognisably tough time for independent hospitality - use them or lose them! Thank you The Calf Shed for enhancing our morning beach walk...keep doing what you're doing!! 😀More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 9 September 2023 via mobile

My advice would be if you're visiting Fraisthorpe, take everything you think you'll need for the day. Don't rely on the Calf Shed for anything, if you can help it, because if you do try and spend your hard earned cash on the very limited...selection they now have on offer, you'll basically be treated like an inconvenience. The attitude absolutely stinks and it's not difficult to see why they've had to close the main café due to failure to recruit people actually willing to work alongside them. I had learned from a previous visit that service can be very slow, so we were almost fully equipped for the day, except I hadn't brought a flask of coffee. So, given that it was first thing in the morning, and I could see they were still very quiet up there, I nipped up and joined the queue. I then saw a customer make a fairly reasonable request only to be treated as if he'd had the nerve to demand foie gras smeared over a unicorn's horn with a jus made of virgin's tears. What he actually asked for (can you IMAGINE the imposition) was SOME TOAST. He was probably thinking well, they have bread after all, it's not that hard, surely - and the curt reply he received was "We don't do toast". When he pushed a bit further, he was told "Well, we don't have a toaster, do we", and when he pointed at the sign advertising toasted - that's right, TOASTED teacakes - he was told "Well yeah he does those on the grill, but he wouldn't put a slice of bread on the grill instead (God no) - I'm not even going to ask him, because I know he'll say no". I mean, the absolute temerity of asking a café if they could toast you a slice of bread instead of a teacake - unbelievable. You have to wonder what these unreasonable types will get up to next - nip into the Savoy and ask the head chef to debase themselves by warming up a tin of spaghetti hoops, presumably? Oh, and the machine coffee was pretty naff. Next time I'll be taking the flask.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 September 2023

Arrived 15.45 and already closed! Obviously do not want the custom,! Shame as the setting is very picturesque

Date of visit: September 2023
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Yes when I’ve been seen lots of people with their dogs, also outside area. Great walks for dogs as well.
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