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“Up-scale Rustic” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Darnley Coffee House

Darnley Coffee House
Ranked #1 of 18 Coffee & Tea in Stirling
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Victoria, Canada
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588 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
“Up-scale Rustic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

It took only a few glances at the menu to know that I could easily eat here again and again and again. The menu is little more than that of a coffee or tea house: simple sandwiches, homey soups, small cheese plates, hot and cold drinks, and homemade sweets. It is in the delivery, however, that this little coffee house rises well above run of the mill. First of all, it is in fascinating historic building with connections to Mary, Queen of Scots and James VI/I. The stone barrel vault of the low ceiling is very nearly original from the 16th century. With all that shielding from the elements, the shop is warm and cozy, gentle and unpretentious. But then the food starts to arrive and quickly you discover how meltingly lovely each bite is from first to sweet. The man in the kitchen created the loveliest cheddar and cauliflower soup I've ever tasted and the only cream cheese frosting (on the carrot cake) that I've ever really loved. On asking, I did find out that it was another cheese that stood in for the cream cheese ... and what a slight of hand it was. Not to be outdone, the staff was chatty and informative in that delightful kind of way few members of a restaurant staff ever really achieve.

The perfume of that carrot cake will long linger in my imagination!

  • Visited June 2012
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“Fabulous recommendation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

Thanks to the ladies in the gift shop at Stirling Castle for the recommendation of Darnley Coffee House for lunch! We were expecting decent food based on the recommendation, but this shop exceeded all of our expectations. The soups and sandwiches were delicious, the location was very family friendly (we were with my daughter, son-in-law and two children under 5), and the staff were very helpful with menu recommendations. We ate all over Scotland this trip, and Darnley's is high on the top of our list for a wonderful lunch!

  • Visited June 2012
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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“Homemade soup is an absolute must!! and Carrot cake highly recommended too!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

We, (my hubby and me) visited Stirling Castle last Wednesday and came across this delightful cafe. I had the homemade soup, Carrot, Apple & Tarragon - it was absolutely divine! Followed by a piece of yummy Carrot cake! The staff are very friendly, the whole place has a lovely warm, welcoming feel to it. If you are in the area, you must visit and try the delights - highly recommended - Thank you very much!

  • Visited June 2012
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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“Excellent food, all home made and very friendly service - the place to be.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

Dropped in for lunch today. I found it offers something different. I had smoked salmon, cream cheese, oatcakes and ample salad - delicious! Very scottish. I also discovered they are well known for their homemade soups. Will certainly be back.

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Bridge of Allan, United Kingdom
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“Great wee place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

I eat here regularly, what with being a local. Can't recommend it enough, it's a great place for soups, toasties, sandwiches, tatties and cakes.

The soups change daily and vary from crowd-pleasers such as lentil and leek and potato, through to seasonal variants such as haggis and neeps, bangers and mash and Moroccan chickpea.

The banter from staff is great as well.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Furby2000
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