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Spill The Beans Cafe / MacPhails Of Dunkeld

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6 Cathedral Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AW, Scotland
+44 1350 728111
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Dining options: Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Wooden tables with cast iron bases' painted chairs and a warm welcome.We...
Wooden tables with cast iron bases' painted chairs and a warm welcome.We pride ourselves in making great tea and coffee with all our staff being trained in how to make the perfect froth to grace the best triple scored coffee. Tea has been chosen to compliment the local water conditions.A fantastic selection of cakes, from light crisp and chewy meringues to light Victoria Sponges to Macaroons and Apple Pies with pastry to die for.... all made in our small but busy kitchen.We invite walkers in and if your best friend is a dog bring them too ...we have an outdoor area which is smoke free so at last we can sit outside and be able to assured that the table next to you will not be smoking. Closed on Tuesdays. Though we will be open throughout the year.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food at a good price

I go here very time I am in Dunkeld because of the consistent quality and good value for money. The staff are very good and the service is very efficient. They have a good choice of food for lunch but the biggest problem is the cakes; they are all excellent so it is very hard to decide which one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Brian M
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Montrose, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Sydney, Australia
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471 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Discovered this warm and charming little cafe on a unseasonably chilly summer's day, and found their soups and stovies perfectly matched our lunchtime needs, washed down with excellent espresso coffees. Service was efficient and cheerful, perhaps summed up by their prominent sign announcing 'unattended children will be given a FREE kitten'. Should be much more irony in cafes.

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I go here very time I am in Dunkeld because of the consistent quality and good value for money. The staff are very good and the service is very efficient. They have a good choice of food for lunch but the biggest problem is the cakes; they are all excellent so it is very hard to decide which one to... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Fancied baked potato & beans for lunch when visiting Dunkeld on way back from Aberfeldy. What better place to go than the appropriately named Spill the Beans. There are lots of staff roaming around but it's one of those irritating places where they find you & table then you go to the counter to order your food. I was stunned... More 

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Kettins2, Owner at Spill The Beans Cafe / MacPhails Of Dunkeld, responded to this review

We have table service indoors. Tables outside are requested to come in to order then food is brought to your table. You are given the choice to sit indoors ( table service ) or outdoors (.....come in to order )when you come in though I suspect we were full indoors when you arrived. Our staff explained our name to you... More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Great place which also allow dogs! Definitely recommend this cafe for a quick stop off or a longer lunch stop

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Came here for lunch and loved it. Excellent fresh bread with Halloumi filling. My hubbie had Bacon, Brie & Cranberry which was also delicious. Service was excellent and friendly. Took some cakes as a take out, OMG, Wow! Victoria Sponge & Carrot cake superb, moist, tasty and big slices. Well done for making this great place. Xx

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Leven, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

A visit to the lovely town of Dunkeld was completely spoiled by our meal experience at "Spill the Beans".This cafe was indeed the pits. Cramped surroundings, indifferent staff and dreadful food. We had what was called Stovies which to me, as a Scot means beef, onions and potatoes. The version at this cafe contains corned beef. What you get is... More 

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Kettins2, Owner at Spill The Beans Cafe / MacPhails Of Dunkeld, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give your point of view on this site... We state on the menu how we make our stovies and how that recipe varies throughout different areas of Scotland . I'm sorry that the message you were trying to get across did not get heard by our staff and I will make sure that we... More 

Delhi, India
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106 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We ducked in out of the rain and boy, were we glad we had. The cakes all looked amazing. I had a creamy cheesecake (giant slice) with some kind of nut crust and a made-from-scratch cherry topping. My daughter had a slice of Belgian chocolate cake with sea salt/caramel filling. The owner makes everything on site. Don't miss this place!

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Kettins2, Owner at Spill The Beans Cafe / MacPhails Of Dunkeld, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give your review here it is always heart warming to hear from someone who has enjoyed their visit and we hope to see you again. More 

Perth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I recently visited Spill The Beans with a friend for lunch, with us was my 16 month old son. When entering the shop I was told that I was not allowed to bring his pram into the cafe because of health & safety, so I had to decant a tired boy into a high-chair and leave my pram unattended in... More 

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Kettins2, Owner at Spill The Beans Cafe / MacPhails Of Dunkeld, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give your point of view on this site... We often forget what it is like to live in a place where it is acceptable to leave a buggy outside the door. Sadly we just do not have the space to cope with buggies, we are sorry to lose your return visit and know that... More 

Leyland, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Nice little café, service not over attentive coffee can only be classed as brilliant and the hot chocolate is devine. The large variation of cakes is great and the scones well...go and try them with the cream. The soups, not the usual boring types but something special are also worth trying. There is an area to the left of the... More 

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Kettins2, Owner at Spill The Beans Cafe / MacPhails Of Dunkeld, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give your review here it is always heart warming to hear from someone who has enjoyed their visit and we hope to see More 

Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We wanted a quick lunch after a long morning walk along the river side. We both chose a panini which came quickly and was well filled. The list of sandwich fillings is also used to fill baked potatoes. Clever! The cafe is not large and was full of happy chatting groups when we visited. Tables were kept clean and staff... More 

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Kettins2, Owner at Spill The Beans Cafe / MacPhails Of Dunkeld, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to give your review here it is always heart warming to hear from someone who has enjoyed their visit and we hope to see you again. We appreciate it too when someone realises how hard it is to keep our tables attended to in a way that is efficient yet still friendly..we do try so... More 

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Address: 6 Cathedral Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AW, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1350 728111
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Perth and Kinross  >  Dunkeld
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6 Cathedral Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AW, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Perth and Kinross  >  Dunkeld
  • Phone Number: +44 1350 728111

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget

Description

Wooden tables with cast iron bases' painted chairs and a warm welcome.We pride ourselves in making great tea and coffee with all our staff being trained in how to make the perfect froth to grace the best triple scored coffee. Tea has been chosen to compliment the local water conditions.A fantastic selection of cakes, from light crisp and chewy meringues to light Victoria Sponges to Macaroons and Apple Pies with pastry to die for.... all made in our small but busy kitchen.We invite walkers in and if your best friend is a dog bring them too ...we have an outdoor area which is smoke free so at last we can sit outside and be able to assured that the table next to you will not be smoking. Closed on Tuesdays. Though we will be open throughout the year.

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