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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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Café, Seafood, 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/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
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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
Absolutely wonderful!

A lovely location right by the shore. The offerings were very varied, from coffee and cakes to a full, 3-course dinner featuring fantastic seafood. I had the biggest, fattest langoustine tails you could hope for! The staff were very flexible about catering for people's needs and there was the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Jenny R
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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  • Scenic view
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

A lovely location right by the shore. The offerings were very varied, from coffee and cakes to a full, 3-course dinner featuring fantastic seafood. I had the biggest, fattest langoustine tails you could hope for! The staff were very flexible about catering for people's needs and there was the possibility of eating outdoors in warmer weather. There was some slightly... More 

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Balcombe
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105 reviews 105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Love Gigha and its made all the better for this place. It's small but quaint inside but if the weathers good you need to sit outside as the views are amazing . As you'd expect its predominantly seafood but they offer a selection of meat dishes too. Four of us went over early and hired bikes, arranged to meet our... More 

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Lochgilphead, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A simply stunning lunch, in the sunshine, on the beach, with the freshest seafood literally pulled from the sea in front of you, before heading off to the kitchen for cooking...it doesn't get better than this! Generous portions, the friendliest staff, and prime Scottish seafood prepared in the best way possible - simple and stunning! Lobster, langoustine, mussels, squid, sea... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

While staying in Machrihanish, a group of us decided to take a trip on the ferry to Gigha for the day. We knew there was a cafe/restaurant but didn't know anything about it. I guess you could say our expectations were probably along the lines of a small local cafe with basic food on such a small island. Well, our... More 

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The cakes were generous proportions with delicious cream and the option to have them warmed. The teapot was huge - if only the ferry had not been on time...

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sunderland
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145 reviews 145 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Only stopped for coffee & cakes which were fresh & tasty, Good cup of coffee and the menu looked very good with plenty of lobster. Fantastic setting , a nice clean restaurant

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Dorset
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71 reviews 71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

What a find! Having gone to Gigha to visit relatives, I could not believe what a wonderful gourmet evening we would have on this beautiful island. Everything was 5 star - the food, the staff, the service and the whole ambience. Needles to say, the fish was incredible but the meat was equally so. The presentation would have put many... More 

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Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Isle Of Gigha is lovely... so the situation for the meal is hard to beat. Low key place ... or wear a dickie .. who cares.. this is a great place to eat. The high of our holiday and easily best on the west coast of Scotland, including Glasgow. What else.... just the food.... yes, delicious. Seafood for me... More 

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Moab, Utah
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72 reviews 72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

It's only a 20 minute ferry ride away - away from Tayinloan, which is halfway down the Kintyre Penninsula, which is itself a long way from Glascow. So it is a journey to get there no matter where you start. We went for lunch after bicycling around a bit on Gigha Island. They had an extensive menu of seafood items,... More 

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Largs, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

Once again just excellent. We joined our friends from Largs SC and had a great evening and food. That said my wife had to talk them into opening on a Tuesday evening for 8 people, once convinced nearly 20 people turned up from other yachts and the place was a real buzz, also I would think worth opening for the... 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: Café, Seafood, 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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