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The Thistle Stop

A 82 Main Loch Ness Road. 3 Miles south of Fort Augustus, Aberchalder PH35 4HN, Scotland
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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98% Recommend
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English first
Warrington, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Whilst staying in Fort Augustus, we called here for lunch. A lovely warm welcome and great food. This included homemade quiche with bread and a great salad, lentil and bacon soup with tuna sandwich and finally a sausage sandwich. The food was served quickly which was great. We enjoyed the food with a cup of tea served in a thistle... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We stayed in Aberchalder for two weeks recently. On our first visit we asked for sandwiches to take away and the owners were very obliging. We returned for lunch later in our stay and again for breakfast. Each time, we were met with a smile and friendliness. The food was good and reasonably priced and if you were travelling along... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Having travelled for some time we were looking for refreshments when we came across the thistle stop. We were made most welcome the setting and views were excellent. Everywhere was spotless clean, with excellent service and quality food. We would recommend that if you are in the area find them and pass a short while relaxing and refreshing

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New Jersey
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

After a wet and dreary start to our last day in Scotland, we found this delightful cafe. Mom had coffee and scones; I had a jacket with bacon and cheese. We split a wonderful piece of ginger cake. The proprietors were friendly and nice. Nice spot to warm up!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were driving up to Fort Augustus looking to have lunch there when I spotted The Thistle Stop Cafe. We have a dog so it is often difficult to find places with dog friendly outdoor seating. Not so here so we decided to stop and have lunch. We both had scampi and chips and it has to be some of... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Serving a great choice of hot meals all day, and hard to make a decision on all the home baked cakes, definately stop here (avoid fort augustus where nowhere seems to serve food after 3pm!) We had ploughmans lunch, baked potato, chocolate cake and treacle tart. All fresh and satisfied our hunger late afternoon. Owners enthusiastic and created a relaxing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Not just one but two homemade shortbread biscuits at a great price was a great start to our first encounter of a The Thistle Stop- chatting to the owners we got some good tips about visiting Skye too. Bypass Fort William and come here instead!

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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We were staying at the campsite in Fort Augustus and had cycled the canal path to the Canal Bridge. Jane of Ness Bikes suggested the Thistle Stop as a good place to seek out, she was not wrong! We were given a warm welcome and a great choice of menu. Everything was made to order and reasonably priced. We ended... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

We were cycling through the area on the way to John O'Groats and stumbled accross this gem of a restaurant for breakfast. Excellent food & excellent service the owner (Julie) certainly knows how to feed a hungry cyclist! Highly recommended this place has character, great food and welcomes all sorts from cyclists to bikers in a friendly atmosphere.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Stopped for a coffee and scone on the way from Fort Augustus to Fort William. Home made scones with lashings of cream and jam and great coffee. Top this off with friendly service makes for a great road trip stop-off. Highly recommended.

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