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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

Ardminish Bay, PA41 7AA, Scotland
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $38
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, Café
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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92% Recommend
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English first
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The best meal I had this summer. Great selection of local seafood. Everyone's food was excellent and service was very good. Can't recommend highly enough.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Dined here on Saturday evening while visiting Gigha on a sailing trip. Can't speak highly enough of the staff and the cooking. While there's rightly a big emphasis on locally caught or reared fish and shellfish, the local lamb loin was also absolutely top drawer. The team have done a great job of converting a dilapidated old stone building into... More

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Manchester England
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

After walking to and exploring Achamore gardens it was nice to be able to sit down and study the lunch menu posted on an outside blackboard (one of the few good weather days of our holiday). As we were booked for an evening meal at our next hotel we did not want a large lunch but we chose a crab... More

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1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Anchored on our boat in Ardminish Bay and decided to give the Boathouse a try. What a gem this place is. Huge menu with plenty of fresh daily specials. It's seafood central. Excellent cooking skills produced excellent mains with fantastic tastes. Good atmosphere in the small but we'll appointed dining room. You can't beat good cutlery, and the Boathouse doesn't... More

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Liverpool, England
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Staying in the campsite next to the restaurant and it being too windy to cook, I decided to eat in here a couple of times and I wasn't disappointed. The steaks were cooked to my liking and weren't too chewy unlike some places. Chef was happy to make certain adjustments to my food, such as not putting parsley into the... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Where do I start! We visited on the Mon..and again on the Wed...and AGAIN on the Friday! Staying at Balure House on Kintyre meant we could hop on the ferry easily (£4.80 return). The food at The Boathouse was superbly prepared and presented with wonderfully fresh, local ingredients. The chef is really friendly and happy to chat. The setting right... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

When visiting Gigha for the day with my family we wanted to eat close to the ferry port so the location was convenient. I was amazed at how the Boathouse had transformed since I last visited. The food was high quality,mostly freshly prepared with fresh fish. The menu appeared to cater for all dietary needs and the service was prompt.... More

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Stewarton, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Food reasonably good but expensive. £8.00 for a chessboard - nicely presented but it would have been nice to have fresh fruit with it (not a mouldy apple and grapes past their best). If the portly gent is the proprietor, he really needs to lose his attitude.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Was going to have a light lunch here but the superb choice made for a bigger meal! The waiter was a delight and very helpful, especially coping with one of us with a dairy intolerance - no trouble at all, and even asked the chef to put together a non-dairy dessert for him. The Boathouse is in a beautiful setting,... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

If it's a lovely view your after then this is for you. Lots of tables outside and a good family atmosphere with pets allowed. Service from staff was second to none. Food didn't fare as well, mussels small and lots not cooked properly, chips were oven chips and bread was given without butter. Also a bit pricey for what you... More

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