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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent recommendation from a guide at Skara Brae. A great spot for lunch for a sandwich, a milkshake and a very generous sized slice of cake. Everything was made fresh, ingredients were all sourced locally and very well priced. A perfect lunch in the...sunroom overlooking the sea.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024 via mobile

It was the perfect place to stop to get something great to eat and warm up after a hike to Yesaby Castle Sea Stack through the wind and rain. The food was delicious and I was positively surprised to find so many vegan food and...drink options (gluten free was also available). The view is also fantastic, the staff were very friendly and the tearoom is tastefully furnished. I would definitely go there again. Thank you for such a nice meal :)More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 November 2023

Well worth the journey or the drop-in (pre-book advised in season) with a wide range of food and drink all home made to order. (no alcohol). As you'd expect the views are phenomenal. Food delicious!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 October 2023 via mobile

Excellent selection of hot and cold dishes. Soups are wonderful! Great cakes and the coffee is to die for. Added to that is the setting!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023

Called in after a brisk walk along the coast to warm up. The menu is great, lots of choice for both food and drinks. We had sandwiches but the cakes looked very tempting! We both enjoyed our food and the service was excellent, overall good...value for money. I think the tea room does get busy so if you know you want to visit, it's probably worth calling ahead to book a table. We just dropped in on the off chance and luckily someone was just leaving! There is a small car park near the tea room where you can park your car. The cafe isn't dog friendly, however the car park is safe and off the road and as it wasn't hot, we were able to leave our dogs in the car without worrying about them.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023

What a fantastic spot. Hidden away and off the beaten track! If it was possible I would award 6 stars. We arrived late - one minute before closing and 29 minutes after last orders but the ever so friendly staff served us teas, coffees and...delicious cake and as they were closing gave us two bags of fresh scones. Great views as well. If you in Orkney we’ll worth a visit.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023

We stopped off for lunch and managed to snag a table (unlike us, book in advance)! A pretty little tearoom in a beautiful location and the food didn't disappoint. The menu and specials were a great cross-section of choices to suit all - throughly recommend...the beef and horseradish sandwich, it was AMAZING! The service was good, the staff were cheery and helpful and the ambiance was busy with families, couple, singles all enjoying being thereMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023

Lovely lunch in a beautiful location. Had the soup and roll combo - excellent spicy sweet potato soup and a very generous helping of crab meat in the roll. Cakes looked delicious but too full to try any!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 September 2023

We had a lovely lunch here. I had the cream tea, my daughters had crustless quiche with salad and a jacket potato. (Didn't seem overpriced compared with anywhere else - perhaps some other reviewers need to try running a catering business post-covid and post-Brexit!). Make...sure you book a day or two ahead, it's VERY busy at lunchtime, and everything's prepared to order, so don't have somewhere to urgently be, just sit and enjoy the wonderful sea views.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 21 June 2023 via mobile

Lovely views from the cafe very expensive place to visit for 2 soups and 2 coffees £17 .80p almost sure you are charged extra for bread .the sign at the shop said 150 yards well someone definitely can't measure that very close to 500 yards.We...stay local every year but won't be going back thereMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 19 June 2023 via mobile

We pre-booked as advised. Had a light lunch all cooked to order followed by home baked cake. Everything was of a high standard. Good service in lovely surroundings - not to be missed.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 1 June 2023

Writing this live - very busy so decided on takeaway. I'm sat eating an amazing local beef burger with local cheese and bacon, on the grass outside in the sun listening to the birds. Takeaway order took about 10mins. Cappuccino to die for with a...truly generous shot of gingerbread syrup. My only criticism is they need a few more tables outside!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 31 May 2023

We called in late one afternoon near to closing and they were still very busy but we got a seat. People were constantly turning up. We had cake and a drink which were generous in size and reasonably priced. It was so good we went...back again and this time had to wait for a table and then was moved to another smaller table when a larger group came in. The food is more light snacks than a main meal, but looked good. Great views over the bay. Limited car parking for the number of people arriving, but it's at the end of the road, so there's space to park there. Definitely needs more seating!!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 4 May 2023

Visited with my group of 18 walkers. We had prearranged a soup, sandwich and fancy lunch. It was fantastic! Service was efficient by very pleasant staff and the food was delicious. The fancy cakes in particular were very popular, great selection of a wide variety...and the few that we couldn’t manage to eat were taken away to be enjoyed later. Dietary requirements were well catered for. My vegan cakes were divine. All with probably the best tearoom view in Orkney. Superb place to eat.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 29 April 2023

The milkshakes and cake are great. However.... The menu here used to be much more interesting pre-lockdown and ever since has been disappointing. If you don't like cheese you'll struggle to find an option. There used to be lovely local shellfish options (crab rolls were...excellent) and there was even tuna as an option. But now it is basically variations on a cheese sandwich. The cake is always very good and fresh. It's just a very boring lunch selection now whereas it used to be much more interesting. And please put a crust back on the quiche! On my most recent visit I had a cheese and chutney toasty which was lacking chutney and the cheese wasn't melted properly.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Gill T
27 December 2015|
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Response from Ian K | Reviewed this property |
Not sure when they are closed suggest phone them. Regarding the scones they have a good selection of various types of scones baked dailly
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Hi, Our scones are baked fresh every morning, and if on the odd occasion there are any left at the end of the day - we tend to share these with the last customers - fresh is best! In relation to the coffee - we have a great... More
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