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Birsay Bay Tearoom

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Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
+44 1856 721399
10:30 - 17:00
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Thu - Mon 10:30 - 17:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited Orkney nearly every year since I was a baby and I now take my kids up to see family. Out of all the places I've ever eaten on Orkney this is my favourite. The first thing I would say is that check to make sure it's open and if you're going to visit it's probably worth phoning and... More 

Thank Agric
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

After visiting the Broch of Birsay, we saw a small sign for the tea room. After a couple of signs we found this delightful tearoom. The views are amazing, the binoculars (for all ages) encourage looking for the local wildlife. Excellent choices for all the family. Our middle one stated it was the best ham toastie ever (praise indeed)

Thank Hymac_Seamus
Newburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Beautiful location, friendly staff and excellent food. We had the all day afternoon tea for our lunch. Beautiful sandwiches, scones and cakes. By the end we were totally stuffed. Great quality and excellent value for money. Most highly recommended.

Thank martynandmargaret
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Great little cafe and tea room with home made cakes and sandwiches. Clearly a favorite with locals and families to include little ones. Close to the Brough of Birsay but a bit off the main route. En route to the Brough of Birsay, turn left just past the ruins of the Earl's castle-home and go down the road about quarter... More 

Thank Stephen L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Come hear for lunch it was busy. There was a good choice of homemade cakes and scones. I had a cheese scone which was great and a piece of Victoria sponge which was nice. The views from the cafe was great. A very nice place

Thank Scott W
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

A beautiful little tearoom with views over Birsay Bay, the range of cakes is superb and quite a variety of drinks are on offer, the afternoon tea looked wonderful, It is about 500 yards up the hill, but well worth it.

Thank Charles G
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This tea room is a pleasant enough place to spend a short time in. There are some nice touches such as binoculars for bird watching from the picture windows and bird reference books. In a tea house one would expect decent tea rather than the common or garden tea bags from Tesco's but you can't have everything. It would also... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Lovely chocolate cake topped of with a very tasty Mocha coffee lovely ladies working in the tea rooms, great service and very friendly, with the usual down side to eating out in Scotland no dogs allowed inside.

Thank tannar
Benderloch, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We stayed in Birsay for a week and I was going on about how great the tea room was. I don't know if it was due to the Tearoom only opening a few days now that the selection was not great and neither were the cakes. It's not the Tearoom I remember from 2007 when we wanted to go there... More 

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Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Love this restaurant. Would recommend the afternoon tea but whatever you have the food will be excellent and the views are spectacular.

Thank MoyPoy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Birsay
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 721399
We are a modern Tearoom, based in the lovely location of Birsay. We serve light lunches and tasty home bakes, have a good selection of Teas and brew a good cup of coffee. Our menu is based around products grown and made locally.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?