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“View, don't eat!”

The Sound Visitor Centre Cafe
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Cregneash
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$26
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Recently refurbished and under new Management from March 2107, The Cafe at the Sound offers full length windows giving you a full view of the Calf of Man and surrounding countryside. A family business, where the food and service really count. Plenty of parking and easy access to the building, public toilets available. The Sound has around 60 seals living on the rocks and often you can see lots other types of wild life. The resteraunt seats around 80 inside and 30 outside and plenty of open space to use, walk and relax on. Dogs are welcome on the outside seating areas. We have a full bar available with beer on tap. The restaurant is available to hire for functions after 7pm at night, as we are open to the public every day accept Christmas day. The food is all freshly prepared and where we can we use local produce. We have a large selection of Cakes which are all home made. The Chef and owner Sam can cater for special dietary requirements. Rebecca heads up the front of house (and is married to the chef). We feel it has one of the best views on the Island and would love to have you come visit us.
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“View, don't eat!”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

This restaurant is located in the south of the Isle of Man, overlooking the Calf of Man. The views are lovely. However, my meal was truly dreadful. I ordered seafood chowder. When it was delivered to my table, sitting before me was something that looked like thick, grey, wallpaper paste with tiny bits of seafood in it. Alas, it tasted just like what it looked like. It was inedible. I ate the accompanying slices of bread and left the paste uneaten.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank EFFor
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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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“Great view, good food”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Very quiet and peaceful place, we sat and watched the seals for a while, took in the view and visited the cafe. The food, although a little pricey was good.

Visited June 2014
Thank Don W
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Chorley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Not as good as it was”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I remember this place being opened, to much hype, and, it must be said, good service and good food. But things have slipped. Four of us turned up a couple of days ago at 11.50am to find that there was no soup of the day. We ordered chowder (which was very nice, if a little salty) only to overhear that we'd had the last portions. So, if immediately before lunchtime, things are already in short supply, what does that say about the management.

A couple of days later, we were back, walking around the coast, and keen to stop off for cake and coffee in spite of our earlier experience. All the tables, except one, were taken, and it was clear from the fact that 'our' table and others nearby had not been cleared, that staffing is an issue here...confirmed by an advertisement inside for full- and part-time staff. Coffee and cake was fine, if you don't dodging the aerial antics of herring gulls diving in for cold chips and whatever else was festering on the floor waiting to be cleared away. On a warm, sunny day, this was not a pleasant experience, set alongside the fact that these days when you sit outside to enjoy the sun, you have to share in the cigarette and pipe smoke of others...I can't think of anyone who would say that was enjoyable. Yet inside there was enough room for another four or five tables, that would have made things a bit easier, although no doubt that would have increased to an intolerable level the workload that the staff are clearly unable to meet.

Ten years or so on from opening, things are looking decidedly tacky.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Terry_Marsh
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“great food and view”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Visted as part of a coach party on a very wet and windy day. Had some lovely sandwiches freshly prepared without too much of a delay especially as we descnded without prior warning. The viewswere good but marred by the inclement weather.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank boblin278
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Launceston, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Lovely View....”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Admittedly it was 'out of season', when my wife and I visited 'the Sound'..
No complaints about the location, setting, or the view..
However, after ordering a pot of tea and sandwiches, it still took close on 15 minutes to be delivered.
The sandwiches were on fresh brown bread, but the filling(Manx Crab) was minimalist to say the least - almost as if they were trying to stretch it out.. If I go back, it won't be for the cafe...

  • Visited March 2014
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