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Cafe Thyme

Old Byre Showroom, Machrie KA27 8EB, Scotland
+44 1770 840608
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pides” (126 reviews)
“turkish pizza” (54 reviews)
“cullen skink” (32 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 17:00All hours
Cafe, Mediterranean, European, British, Turkish, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Old Byre Showroom, Machrie KA27 8EB, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 538 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A hidden gem. The good and service was excellent. It's well worth a visit. I wish it was open in the evenings.

1  Thank Jim E
Reviewed 3 days ago

Popped in for quick snack ,menu looked interesting so we decided to stay and have an early lunch. Food did not disappoint .Boar burger ,halloumi salad and Turkish smoked venison pizza all very tasty and the home made chips were an extra treat.

Thank yvonneo488
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is our 3rd visit to Thyme Cafe and we usually just stop for coffee and snack. Lovely view and spotless cafe. On this occassion we asked if sandwiches would be available and were advised no. Whilst we appreciate the need for range of food...More

Thank Sam M
Reviewed 5 days ago

The staff were friendly and the tea was excellent. My family all had cakes which they thought nice. I had a scone with cream that you pay extra for. I was disappointed to get a scone with just cream - no butter or jam but...More

Thank DKAugust2017
Lorna M, Owner at Cafe Thyme, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Oh dear that's not good, you should have been given jam and defrosted cream with your scone and charged the correct amount! Please accept our apologies and come back for a complimentary slice of cake or scone.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It's been 15 months since we last visited but this cafe is the best on the island. The staff are friendly and the service is excellent. There was plenty of gluten free savoury and sweet choices. I enjoyed a pide on gluten free bread and...More

Thank LouGlutenFree
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A rainy day on Arran and saw the Old Byre and Cafe Thyme Visitor Centre signposted on the road from Machrie Bay to Brodick so drove up to a lovely warm welcome from the friendly staff. Ordered home made lentil soup with home made bread....More

Thank EllenScotland
Lorna M, Owner at Cafe Thyme, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Ellen, So glad that you came to visit us and enjoyed your time both in the cafe and the shop. We aim to provide delicious food and friendly service, together with a quality shopping experience. Look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived late to celebrate our wedding anniversary - Lorna was so helpful and the food was fantastic!

Thank Phil100998
Lorna M, Owner at Cafe Thyme, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review, delighted that you enjoyed your wedding anniversary with us and hope to see you next year!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for lunch on a friend's recommendation but so disappointing. Chef away for the day and there was clearly no-one able to stand in. Cullen skink was crudely made and salty as seawater. Salmon/goat's cheese salads were just a block of salmon/cheese dropped on top...More

Thank gregwatsonuk
Lorna M, Owner at Cafe Thyme, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Greg, Thank you for your review but we are a bit perplexed by it. The chef made the cullen skink before he went away and it was the same as always which gets good reviews, the salads were served as they always are, I...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this on a very rainy day. Got in just in time as there was a queue by the time we left. Great home cooking we had a lovely meal.

Thank _canic55
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lorna and Turkish husband have undertaken a building masterclass to convert an old byre into a must visit Arran destination. Two must haves are Turkish Pides ~ to suit all tastes ~ and a range of teas and infusions to round off a memorable lunch...More

Thank Iain S
Lorna M, Owner at Cafe Thyme, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Iain, Thank you for your complimentary review, we are delighted that you consider us to be a must visit destination and that you appreciate good food. Look forward to seeing you the next time you visit.

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Ruth M
22 July 2017|
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Response from Lorna M | Property representative |
Hi, dogs are welcome at the tables outside but I'm afraid we can't take them inside.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$48
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 17:00
18:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 17:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Byre Showroom, Machrie KA27 8EB, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Isle of Arran  >  Machrie
  • Phone Number: +44 1770 840608
  • E-mail
Newly built Cafe Thyme serving teas, coffees, homebaking, delicious lunches, homemade bread and pides (Turkish pizzas baked in the wood burning oven), wines, beers and a large selection of loose leaf teas.Hamza the chef built the wood burning oven himself so everything he bakes in it comes from his heart. We offer an exciting lunch menu catering for all tastes and everything is freshly made to order. Homegrown salad leaves and herbs are used widely. Currently open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm. Dinners are served Monday to Saturday during the season and we are fully licensed. Take away fish and chips or wild boar and apple burger 5pm - 10pm also available during the season.Stunning views of the Druid standing stone, fields, sea and Mull of Kintyre beyond are replicated in the fabulous stained glass window.Family run business marrying Scottish and Turkish through a haggis and cheese pide!
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