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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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94% Recommend
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English first
19 reviews 19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

After a long walk to the twin beach and back in totally tropical heat we flopped into our shaded seats for a cold beer, a coffee and 2 toffee fudge cheesecakes which were the most incredible, tasty cakes EVER! If we could have fitted the entire cake into our plane we'd have bought it!! The Boathouse has a beautiful location... More

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85 reviews 85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Now the third time I have been here since it has been under this ownership, and I have yet to be disappointed. It gets better and better. Relaxed dining either outside overlooking the bay or inside if the weather is less perfect. Caters for everyone - light lunches including things like boiled eggs and soldiers for our little friends, cakes... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Stunning location, excellent service, wonderful food. Serves up seafood in imaginative ways (sometimes, perhaps, risking the subtlety of some flavours - eg scallops - but a gem nonetheless). Definitely suggest reserving - was full the night we were here. Also had delicious coffee and hot chocolate and home made cake for elevenses. Perfect views.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Boathouse was our choice of venue for a family gathering of 35- and they did us proud! The chef, kitchen staff & 2 lovely ladies waiting on did an amazing job on what must have been a very busy night.Loved all the fresh seafood. We return to Gigha every 2 years & can't wait for our next visit to... More

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52 reviews 52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We only stopped for a cup of tea, but were very impressed by the menu. Next time we go, we'll make sure we've not had a full english breakfst beforehand. (The chef was out on the jetty as we were leaving, checking his lobster pots!) I think it's highly likely that the seafood is very fresh indeed.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We ate at the Boathouse for the (3) nights we were on the beautiful island of Gigha,every night the meals were excellent and of a very good quality,my wife one night had the Meringue for dessert and it had to be the biggest we have ever been served.Would have no hesitation in returning there if we are lucky enough to... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had a late lunch here ,the food was superb backed by great service.I had the dressed crab salad ,it was a taste sensation.My partner had the Cullen skink also tasty.We both had desserts,the warm banana bread was delicious as was the carrot cake. Well worth the ferry ride just to go and eat ,would recommend highly

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Largs, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went for lunch last week before departing around the Mull for Lamlash. Was not our first visit and we had high expectations which were exceeded. Fish was so fresh and very nicely cooked - both the Halibut gougons which were superb, followed by great baked monkfish. Service was friendly and attentive, also open to letting us take Archie inside... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Ardminish is a regular stop for boats passing to and from the Western Isles round the Mull of Kintyre. We have stopped there a few times, but this was our first visit to the Boathouse. What a treat! I don't know how they manage such an extensive menu, majoring on locally caught sea food, and locally farmed halibut. We were... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

A lovely location on a beautiful island, however the food and service was disappointing to say the least! I ordered Halibut gougons which is a lovely locally produced fish and got 4 greasy gougons in a bowl with wilted salad and pretentious swirls of chutney all at a hefty price, overpriced drinks as well. The service was terrible!!! the waitress... More

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