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The Boathouse Cafe Bar

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Coffee Shop, 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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  • 95
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  • 2
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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
Superb!

What can I say - we visited the restaurant on Sunday as part of a special birthday celebration with family and it was absolutely wonderful. The food was amazing, beautifully presented and definitely had the 'wow' factor. The location is fabulous, a short walk from the ferry and with a little beach... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
IsobelF
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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  • Scenic view
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What can I say - we visited the restaurant on Sunday as part of a special birthday celebration with family and it was absolutely wonderful. The food was amazing, beautifully presented and definitely had the 'wow' factor. The location is fabulous, a short walk from the ferry and with a little beach outside. The chef was very friendly (even telling... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

What a beautiful wee island Gigha is and we ate here before catching the ferry back to the mainland. If you like fresh fish you will love this place. In fact when we were there we saw a fisherman delivering today's catch to the chef. Gorgeous location looking out over the beach and bay and we sat outside for a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I would highly recommend the Boathouse, the food is amazing (I had the langoustine which was incredible), fresh and very reasonable priced, all in a perfect setting. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, a real treat. I'm so glad that I visited and I'll be recommending this place to lots of people in the future.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Exquisite food, an inspired chef (Gordon), a magical setting just six paces from a white sandy bay, fantastic service. Informal dining and incredible cooking, with an emphasis on (although not exclusively) fresh seafood - this place surely deserves a Michelin star soon. Flavour combinations were amazing; Gordon's creativity with the superb fresh ingredients made this a magical setting for my... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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52 helpful votes 52 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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71 helpful votes 71 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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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: Coffee Shop, 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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