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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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English first
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Driving to Fort William and feeling in need of lunch, we stopped for a light meal. Had the Ploughmans Lunch which was the best ever. Good quality fresh food and generous serve. Patrick and Julie are great hosts and pride themselves on good service and high quality, simple food. Such a refreshing change. We noticed they gave helpful and friendly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

We rocked up in the morning, three cold and very hungry cyclists having departed from Lands End on our way to John O'Groats. The welcome was amazing and a superb full breakfast was served. I think we may have ate the place out of bread with all the extra toast we managed to get through. The lady was fantastic, not... More

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Warrington, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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
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7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 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
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6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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8 restaurant reviews
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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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