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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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Cafe, Seafood, British, Scottish
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Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
01583505123
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the...
Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the ferry terminal on the Island of Gigha.Wines, beers, ales and a varied menu with an emphasis on local seafood.Showers and laundry facilities also available on site from adjacent campsite.
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    Very good
  • 2
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing food. Worth the trip.

The food here just gets better and better. I stayed in Gigha for a week and would have eaten here every day if I could have. Gordon is a massively talented chef whose attention to detail with such an extensive menu is impressive. My turbot with fondant sweet potato was genuinely the best meal I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
FionaFerry
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Stockport
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  • Scenic view
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Stockport
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

The food here just gets better and better. I stayed in Gigha for a week and would have eaten here every day if I could have. Gordon is a massively talented chef whose attention to detail with such an extensive menu is impressive. My turbot with fondant sweet potato was genuinely the best meal I have eaten anywhere. Add in... More 

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Scotland
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

4 of us hopped on the 2pm Ferry at Tayinloan for the £5,return fare trip to the lovely Isle of Gigha, just off the Kintyre peninsular. Our aim was a late lunch at the beautifully situated Boathouse restaurant (it is way more than a cafe bar), which specialises in the freshest of seafood and locally sourced meat produce. We dined... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I came to Gigha with my boyfriend and stopped here for our dinner. I had the fresh lobster for main having never had a whole one before I don't have much to compare with but I can confirm this was the tastiest meal I have ever eaten!!! Thank you to the head chef (who I think may be the owner)... More 

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

What an amazing place with an amazing restaurant. We were plesently surprise to find the restaurant when we arrived as we had booked their small but cosy campsite. We had 6 clients with us and we decided to book into the restaurant for Saturday night dinner. Well I have never heard so many 'mmmm.... this is unbelievable food' in any... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough! The chef is a true artist with the dishes as sensational for the eyes as they were for the mouth! Every plate is presented to perfection and the seafood is the freshest I've ever tasted. Gigha is a beautiful place to visit and if your not a fan of the beautiful beaches or... More 

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Islay, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I travelled 20 miles from Islay and have to confess this was the best 4 course meal I have ever had our group had a four coarse meal and every plate was perfect. I can not recommend this highly enough chef Gordon and his crew are AA1 to have food at this level is rare, and has to be praised.

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We dined here to celebrate completion of a West Coast cruise in our small boat, while moored in the bay. Quite simply we had the best seafood meal either of us had ever had. Menu interesting ingredients first class and fresh, great combinations. Truly exceptional.

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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

It goes without saying on an island as tiny and isolated as this one that the views are absolutely staggering. We were lucky enough to visit on a beautiful summer day, and everywhere we looked was glittering blue sea and expanses of blue sky. The Boathouse is in a perfect location to take advantage of these views, with plenty of... More 

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Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Had a "lite bite" lunch before heading off for a walk. An open "steak and onion" sandwich was ordered at what seemed a bit pricey at £7. However, a work of art appeared, with excellent portion size and trimmings. It was almost a shame to eat it but I did and it was delicious. Great service, top quality food.

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East Dean, UK
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We only had a cup of tea at the end of a trip to the Isle of Gigha but you couldn't fault the location overlooking the bay. Staff seemed very busy, indeed rushed off their feet, but it was very full. The food looked delicious - even the "ordinary" fish and chips looked pretty amazing, and on that basis we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Isle of Gigha
  • Phone Number: 01583505123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 38
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Seafood, British, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

Small waterfront café and restaurant situated a five minute walk from the ferry terminal on the Island of Gigha.Wines, beers, ales and a varied menu with an emphasis on local seafood.Showers and laundry facilities also available on site from adjacent campsite.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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