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The Smiddy Bistro

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Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Hidden gem

Baking is excellent, salads are good, fish always fresh and tasty. There's always a number of 'specials', and service is usually excellent. It's a café with aspirations and it usually achieves those aspirations - not bad to have in a village back lane!

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Marian P
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Lochgilphead, United Kingdom
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Lochgilphead, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Baking is excellent, salads are good, fish always fresh and tasty. There's always a number of 'specials', and service is usually excellent. It's a café with aspirations and it usually achieves those aspirations - not bad to have in a village back lane!

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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Visited here with my family. Service was generally good and so was the food. Not overly good though. Thought it was quite pricey for what you got. Savoury chicken was nice. Cheeseburger was a bit chewy and could have done with something to accompany it other than a fruit salad.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

In a Side street recommended by our hotel hostess was just the most perfect little cafe. All the locals come here, as they should. food is fresh, tea was hot and comforting, and the service was just what one wishes for.

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Lochgilphead, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Popped in to buy a Christmas present voucher, saw the salads and thought 'got to try them'. Returned with friends for lunch. Exciting menu, home cooked food beautifully and creatively presented. Enjoyed every morsel. High standards of food preparation, service, cleanliness and attention to detail. Not to be missed eatery. Highly recommended.

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Isle of Islay
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Homely and cosy restaurant serving first class fare,much of which is homemade.Would highly recommend.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We found the Smiddy Bistro by chance on a day trip to Lochgilphead and what a find it was. Tucked away behind the main Street, is a delightful little cafe in what was once the town blacksmith's workshop. The food was all home cooked and beautifully presented. The staff were friendly and helpful. We'd definitely seek out this great wee... More 

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Tenterden, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is what Trip Advisor is all about. You probably wouldn't have found this without it and even then could easily have continued on past. So very pleased we didn't though! The standards are high - very clean & well presented. The food is imaginatively presented, of good quality & quantity. Cannot recommend highly enough. A lesson in what can... More 

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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We chanced upon the Smiddy when we parked next to their sign directing us down the small street. What a lucky find! The food was delicious and decent portions. They were lovely with our two young sons too. We will definitely return if we are in the vicinity again!

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Lochgilphead, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Went for lunch with friends. What a fabulous omelette and mini salad. Well worth a wait when the smiddy is busy. Food is always yummy and lots of it.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is the place to eat were one in Lochgilphead. It is not large but well worth waiting for a seat, which is often the case since the room is frequently full of locals who know a good place to eat when they find it. All the food is prepared on the premises and is of a uniformly high quality.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Lochgilphead

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Scottish

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