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Old Firestation

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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish
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37 Main Street, Tomintoul AB37 9EX, Scotland
+44 1807 580485
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely spot for a meet with friends on a bike run through Scotland. Great variety of coffee and cakes and chuck in friendly staff and it's a gem.

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Thank deborah r
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with friends who were home bakers so the cakes and scones came under close scruitiny. Mine was what you'd expect from a café. Service was friendly. The really interesting thing about this old fire station is the memorabilia. It's actually more like a small museum and has been laid out so you can study exhibits without bothering other diners.... More 

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Thank Strandedquine
Scotland
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It always amazes me that cafés still serve instant coffee. It's normally the ones in the middle of nowhere, but this is in a village with competition. Two options for coffee, filter or large. Not normal filter, perhaps drip filtered or percolated, both completely acceptable, but those hideous plastic single serve things - "proudly served". Luckily I ordered the large,... More 

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5 Thank AlasdairMc
Westhill, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very warm welcome was given by the joyful and friendly staff. Lovely place. Good teas and coffees. Cakes a bit disappointing though but just ok.

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1 Thank poya005
Sleaford, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Eclectic mix of fire paraphernalia, but more importantly, a great cafe with fresh sandwiches, soup and other great offerings

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1 Thank martin b
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped off for lunch,not much choice if you don't like cakes. Finally settled for a toastie, which was ok, my wife had pancakes which turned out to be one only! Service not very quick and the bill was way overpriced, so won't be back---not to be recommended.

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3 Thank MARTINBLANKENSTEIN
Kinross, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Agree on other comments about pushy staff. Arrived mid afternoon to have quite honestly the most expensive two cups of milky white coffee that I've ever paid in the Uk. To make matters worse while trying to enjoy the spring sunshine in the outside patio we had to endure thick acrid smoke from one of their neighbours gardens. To top... More 

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4 Thank greg4bs
Elgin,Moray, Scotland
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Cafe was empty of clientel when we arrived today (Sunday lunchtime). No wonder. Basic food and high prices. Charged for using a debit card, charged for a small sachet sauce on top of price for meal. Quite pushy lady behind food counter. By that I mean given no time to settle just got in the door and asked what we... More 

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4 Thank borntotravel59
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We'd been to the Old Firestation previously and enjoyed it. As ever the reception was warm and friendly and the service prompt. You watch the food being prepared - which is always reassuring. Whilst waiting for the food the history is interesting - lots of memorabilia to peruse. The food, when it arrives, is beautiful and the service professional and... More 

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Thank Gary H
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We only entered as all other cafes in Tomintoul were shut or had stopped serving food. The food was basic and pricy. The suspect "frothy coffee" was inaccurately priced and made with instant coffee - disregarding the adjacent espresso machine. The room was cold. The server was dismissive and unfriendly. An expensive and un-enjoyable lunch. Don't go here. Travel to... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Main Street, Tomintoul AB37 9EX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Moray  >  Tomintoul
  • Phone Number: +44 1807 580485

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?