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Appie's Tearoom & Gallery

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British, Soups, Scottish
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Lower Appiehouse, Sandwick KW16 3JD, Scotland
01856 841562
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Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Appies Tea Rooms, near Birsay in mainland Orkney was set up by a person who had a dream and she made that dream come true by working hard over many years to build up a very good reputation and business. The tea rooms was a little haven in Orkney serving excellent quality food and had a wonderful happy and creative... More 

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Shetland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

What more can I say !! Ordered vegetable soup (how can you get this so wrong?) - sour, semi warm most defiantly "off" think it must have been made several days before and left someplace warm......unedible. My two friends had the tomato soup - tasted like a cheap tin of watered down tomatoes with a pinch of dried basil thrown... More 

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6 Thank Alison G
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Why did I not look at the TripAdvisor reviews before going to eat here! I have felt the need to write a review on TripAdvisor to say just don't go here. How this Restaurant is in business I will never know. My wife and I visited Appies after seeing it advertising local produce, so we were keen to visit. After... More 

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1 Thank Julian P
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Thinking that Orkney is the home of good beef and crab our party of four ordered beef sandwiches and a crab sandwich. The crab was violent pink from a tin and the beef was a most unpleasant grey / sinew colour. All came complete with packet thin sliced bread. It has to be one of the worst sandwich experiences any... More 

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3 Thank SEHunter
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

From a "you can sit in these tables", when we would have like to sit at the window, to the stale crab sandwiches, this was not a pleasant lunch. Also told "we don't do cream" with the cake though ice cream was offered. Not a friendly place. A couple in our accommodation had the same experience that day If you... More 

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2 Thank Jacky H
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Disappointing that this tea room also displays the awards from the previous owners-very misleading. Our service was slow and sandwiches tasted like were frozen or made on previous day. Only good thing is the stunning views, the gallery also seems to have diminished in its array of quality goods to buy. Far better tea rooms at Birsay tea rooms or... More 

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4 Thank Jenny B
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

since the take over with new staff the quality of food has definitely gone down. Initial waiter Service was slow, however once we had ordered, our sandwiches appeared almost immediately and I don't think they were prepared that day. The bread was stale and looked either frozen sandwiches defrosted or yesterday's stock. It is also misleading to have the previous... More 

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2 Thank Jenny B
Buxton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We paid Appie's a visit after picking up a leaflet describing it as 'Award Winning', but based on our experience, this was clearly some time ago (has it changed hands?). Although the location was lovely, high up overlooking the moorland, the food was frankly very poor. Everything we had was uninspiring, being more akin to something you'd expect from a... More 

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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Beware the long drive up the track - quite a surprise at first. Tea, scones & jam were delicious with a lovely view in bright surroundings. Menu is a little pricey compared to other tea rooms on Orkney, but certainly not terribly expensive compared to most tea rooms in English tourist hot spots or the over-priced chains of coffee houses... More 

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Sussex, England
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384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I love crab, so when it said "crab soup always on the menu" I was delighted. Four crab soups were ordered at the same time, and when they arrived, mine was stone cold. When I complained, they took it away, came back and said "the bowl's a bit hot". So it was clear - it had just been microwaved -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Cuisine
British, Soups, Scottish
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Appiehouse, Sandwick KW16 3JD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Shetland Islands  >  Mainland  >  Sandwick
  • Phone Number: 01856 841562

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?