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Mountain Coffee company

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Strath Gairloch IV21 2BX, Gairloch, Scotland
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: This cafe is recommended by Lonely Planet and could be fantastic. The view...
This cafe is recommended by Lonely Planet and could be fantastic. The view is good, The food looked good and some tasted good. I ma prompted ot review becase the service was very bad. The women in charge who I believe is the owner was one fo the grumpier people we met on a 5month tour of Europe. She was loudly critical of and to the young man working there, she was unwelcoming and ignored much of what we said to her. The coffee was ok but made with reluctance and an offhand attitude. We felt as if we were intruding in her space and a real nuisance -- at 11 am !!. We had driven out of the way to get to a place which we felt would be special place for a coffee. It was but in all the wrong ways. We are New Zealanders who do not normally complain but this place was worth complaining about.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Coffee, cake, amazing bookshop attached, love it!

Eco, fair trade, etc is the ethos, it's not posh, it's thoughtful and comfortable declares its love of the outdoors and adventurous passions has lovely coffee and treats and the lovely Aleisha is a wonderful, caring person. We spent a few mornings planning our days out in this place. Our holiday... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We stopped here to take some pictures of The Mountains of Torridon from the car park and being a coffee fanatic this place seemed worth a visit. It is a scruffy mixture of coffee shop/bakery book shop and gifts. Although not busy the single person at the counter seemed harassed. The prominently advertised scones were not available but sandwiches could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Eco, fair trade, etc is the ethos, it's not posh, it's thoughtful and comfortable declares its love of the outdoors and adventurous passions has lovely coffee and treats and the lovely Aleisha is a wonderful, caring person. We spent a few mornings planning our days out in this place. Our holiday cottage was a 5 minute walk away perfect to... More 

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Ullapool
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Drove to Gairloch for my birthday lunch, hoped to go to the Myrtle Bank hotel but two coaches had arrived before us, so being hungry we tried the Mountain Coffee company as was the only place we could find open. On offer was vegetable soup or bagels, we ordered the soup, well I've never seen khaki green vegetable soup, it... More 

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Gairloch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We didn't plan to stop but it looked like a fairy tale.. We entered inside and it was so nice that we stooped for coffee and soup. it was very tasty and very expensive. even so, I would recommend strongly to visit and stay for a brake because it is so nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We opened the door to the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. We ordered soup of the day, it was potato, leek and spring onion, we got a wheaten roll (not home baked) it cost us £9.70, city prices are less than £5 for soup and a sandwich! We then bought 2 coffee's a scone and a piece of cake... More 

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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Very welcoming and friendly. Quiet when I was there, but it was December. Lovely location with handy parking and interesting decor.

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Marin
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24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We were making the loop south of Ullapool and had just about despaired of finding a cafe open in the late afternoon. The Mountain Coffee Company turned out to be a great boon. They offered a variety of options, most in the comfort food range and plenty of choice for vegetarians. Plus excellent coffee. The shop contained many good books,... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Stopped here through lack of choice while on a business trip recently. Sadly there is little else open in Gairloch by October as this café does not deserve business. The premises are grubby, toilets disgusting, food choices very limited. I had a tuna bagel - not a lot you can do wrong with a tin of tuna, some mayo and... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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120 restaurant reviews
407 helpful votes 407 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

After a long drive up we were pleading to the gods of coffee for somewhere we could sit and have a latte, and they delivered. The place is eclectic to say the least but interesting if you like the outdoors and travel. The food was good as was the coffee. There are books to be bought everywhere and attached is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Went here with my dad whilst up in Scotland for whale watching. This is a lovely, slightly boho place to have a coffee. It has its own bookshop attached with a great selection. Coffee was excellent and my dad enjoyed his tea.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Strath Gairloch IV21 2BX, Gairloch, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Gairloch

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Description

This cafe is recommended by Lonely Planet and could be fantastic. The view is good, The food looked good and some tasted good. I ma prompted ot review becase the service was very bad. The women in charge who I believe is the owner was one fo the grumpier people we met on a 5month tour of Europe. She was loudly critical of and to the young man working there, she was unwelcoming and ignored much of what we said to her. The coffee was ok but made with reluctance and an offhand attitude. We felt as if we were intruding in her space and a real nuisance -- at 11 am !!. We had driven out of the way to get to a place which we felt would be special place for a coffee. It was but in all the wrong ways. We are New Zealanders who do not normally complain but this place was worth complaining about.

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