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£4 - £16
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Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, International
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 6 March 2024

We came here for dinner when we stayed on the island at the start of February. I ordered our food and straight away something didn't seem right. A group of around 15 tourists came in around 10 minutes after us and when the barman took...my order, he wrote it on the same page as a member of the tourist group. I told him I wasn't with them and was told "it's ok, I know that we always put orders in like this". So, I asked how would he know where to bring my order as there was no table numbers, I was told "we just come out and look for you, don't worry we'll find you". Regardless, I showed him where we were sat. Around 30 minutes passed and still no food... we had ordered a starter and 2 mains. The tourist group who came in started to be served their meals and still nothing for us. By this time an hour had passed... no food. We watched the waitress serve a plate of fish and chips to the group who looked confused. They sat with this for around 5 minutes before coming over to us to ask if we had ordered fish and chips, my fiancé said he had, but had asked for it plain. The young girl offered it to him and said all the group had been served and that this was obviously ours. My fiancé refused it as it had been sitting with them for 5 minutes and wasn't correct anyway. Shortly after this, the barmaid started wandering around holding a steak pie. I approached and asked if this was for us, she said yes. I told her to forget it and asked for a refund. No starter brought, wrong mains and appalling service overall. We were given a full refund and left. In total we were there for 90 minutes. It's a disgrace of a bar and the service is shambolic. The staff were pleasant enough, but the nonchalant way of taking orders is not efficient at all.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 12 September 2023

We were delighted to find a place that served gluten-free fish and chips and it was one of the best I can remember having. The service was highly efficient; we were seated, we ordered and were served five portions of fish and chips all within...10 minutes.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 August 2023

Came here for lunch after a long drive , very dissatisfied. I had fish and chips and mushy peas at the price at 12.50 pounds. My daughter had macaroni cheese at 10.00 pounds. Both portions were more akin to children’s portions , The fries that...accompanied the fish was refried and dried out . My daughters macaroni had a garnish of croutons with no added side to accompany. This place is more akin to fast cafe food at double the prices . The hospitality food service industry in Scotland is very ooor in comparison to other tourist hot spots. There is a general lack of interest in keeping the customers happy and it is devoid of professionalism on all levels. I say that as an expat Scot on holiday here.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023

Great pub food, especially the langouste, and friendly service. Great views of the Skye bridge from the restaurant

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 May 2023

Excellent venue with a beautiful view of the port. Staff are super friendly and service was very fast

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 6 January 2023 via mobile

We dined as a group of 12 for a celebratory birthday dinner. We were delighted with the warm welcome we received from Kathy and her team with the private area adorned thoughtfully with decorations to mark the occasion. The service was attentive and the food...judged by the entire group from young to old as excellent! Unequivocally endorsed as THE stop in Skye if you are looking for a warm welcome and great food.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2022

I very much enjoyed the food, friendly staff and view here. Also generous outside space and rainbows if the weather is right. Extremely wheelchair friendly space, as is the Castle Moil self service cafe next door. Again, staff lovely here too.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 5 October 2022

Excellent food! But gets very busy, so be prepared to wait. There seems to be only 2 pubs in Kyleakin, so choice is very limited. Wait staff were friendly & location is good.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 17 September 2022

the King Haakon had amazing food, i was sitting next to these couple (who made a review below me) and i can just say they were extremely rude them complaining about the little things was terrible. you can tell the staff have worked the whole...summer and i presume it was very busy. as she said the collegues were 'flirting' with the locals. Shes obviously not aware of people being friendly to other people. The staff were rushed off there feet and did everything they could to help. that other review they were trying to get a discount. The food menu worked for everyone. myself and my wife got langos to share and can i say they were amazing. if you ever go here you should defiantly get them!! The staff were all very friendly and talkative which is good to see. This lady next to me was a nightmare i was relieved when she had leftMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 6 September 2022 via mobile

We went here as the menu online looked really nice and we were looking forward to the offering, it was our wedding anniversary and unfortunately the place we fancied was fully booked our own stupidity not to book so we decided to go down from...Portree to Kyle and see what we could find. We finally decided that King Haakon offered a really good and varied menu online it showed seafood platters and good wholesome cooked food. This is where we were wrong, upon arrival we entered the building turned right expecting the restaurant to be open it wasn’t not a problem though as we are not adverse to eating in bars, we found ourself a table went to the bar got menus and drinks ordered, looking at the menu is was nothing like the one online and the specials board was the usual soup of the day, langoustines all the touristy food that you would expect during the season, so we ordered a soup a Cullen skink to start and mussels and a burger for mains, now the atmosphere was to be expected being a Saturday night in a bar filled with locals, but it got to the point that I couldn’t hear my wife unless she was shouting anyway out comes the food, it’s the burger and mussels no sign of the starters a few minutes passed and as I was about to approach the bar here comes our soups, puzzled we said that it was supposed to be starters then mains only to be told that I didn’t specify that when ordering surly if a table of 2 orders 2 soups then 2 “main courses” one would think that oh they must want the soups first? The waitress went away for another few minutes then brought the sides we ordered virtually slamming them down and took off as fast as she came there were no condiments on the table and my wife attempted to ask the waitress she walked away ignoring her completely so my wife followed again as said excuse me ignored again by this time the frustration was showing, the waitress on the other hand was too busy flirting with one of the locals ignoring my wife. Eventually she turned and very rudely snapped aiding what! So my wife asked for salt pepper and condiments all of which were delivered without a word. By this time we had finished our soups and moved on to the main courses, the burger my wife had looked as though it had been cremated either side but was raw in the middle, now I know myself that some people like their burgers medium rare but this burger was that raw that a good vet could have brought it back and with it being delivered before our starters it was stone cold. We were never asked if we wanted the mains to be taken back to the kitchen to keep warm to which we would have gladly accepted, my mussels were tepid but again having not been asked what could we do, trying to get the attention of the waitress was impossible and by this point we were that disheartened that even if fresh hot mains were provided it wouldn’t have mattered, the portion size of my mussels was ludicrous I would have sent a bigger portion as a starter especially for the price £16.50 for a small of what I would have given as a starter is a bit steep. As you can imagine we didn’t stop for dessert, I drank half my pint got the bill and left. It is a real shame that the experience we had goes against so many of the reviews on here as this place is a busy bar and could be busier and offer a nicer atmosphere if only the restaurant was opened and people were given the option where to eat.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 22 August 2022 via mobile

Although it was very busy the young lady was very helpful. She said it could be quite a wait but luckily we found a fellow traveller who shared his table. The Soup was amazing Cullen Skink and we had 2 additional travellers join us who...also had a good meal. Definitely with a try when going to the Isle of SkyeMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 26 July 2022 via mobile

Good food typical of the area. Definitely recommend, specially for the nice views by the windows to the sea. It might be hard if you are on a diet!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 26 July 2022

I would describe this place as a spit and sawdust pub. It is very busy and has an excellent atmosphere with a good mixture of friendly locals and tourists. The food is average but reasonably priced and what you would expect from a pub.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 June 2022

As the title states, can't say anything about the food. The bar itself, staff, service and atmosphere were all great.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 1 June 2022

All other dinner options nearby were fully booked due to coach-parties and all the tables here were full too but a very friendly (I want to say French?) female staff member offered us to sit at the bar until a table opened up. That's how...you keep guests staying (instead of saying "Sorry, we're full, bye.") And lo, not too much later we had a perfect table overlooking the ocean and Skye bridge, sipping drams of whisky and enjoying a very good order of Fish 'n Chips. Unfortunately no langoustines due to bad weather conditions but that's how you know it's fresh when they are available.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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I think it was eight for last seating, as we got there a few minutes late and went down the road. Great place for a drink, but they may not seat you if they are full and time runs out. Good luck.
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