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The Squat Lobster

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Seafood, Fast Food, British, Scottish
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The Pier | Isle of Bute, Rothesay PA20 9AQ, Scotland
+44 7884 290996
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Newton Mearns
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Travelled to Rothesay for a week's vacation. Looked forward to some really authentic carry out "fish and chips". Went into Winter Gardens Discovery Centre each day and round to the Squashed Lobster but on each time it was closed and no signage of relevant opening times. Disappointed.

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1 Thank tomlesdav
san Diego
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

Good service and good fish a friendly place everything was done right fresh and not overcooked the choice was about right not to overwhelming

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

A variety of fish dishes and not all fried and not all battered. The manager is helpful and a real character and a wonderful cook. If you are berthed in the marina I recommend the Squat Lobster - just set your table have everything ready then dispatch your husband to go for the fish and chips. It is so close... More 

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Thank peaches168
Karon H, Owner at The Squat Lobster, responded to this review

Hello, What a truly lovely review from your visit to us last July....we are very appreciative. We have still not re-opened for the season as there are some changes and refurbishments planned. Your comments about me were also very appreciated ! And I think "helpful, and a real character and a wonderful cook " will have to appear in my... More 

Rome, Italy
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

Wonderful little kiosk that cooks food there and then. Fish is exceptionally fresh and there are variations which are not so commonly found like smoked fish and chowder. Availability varies according to demand and supply. Prices are modest and is unlikely to disappoint on quality. Not much room inside if the weather is inclement but set in lovely gardens near... More 

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Thank johnmxp
Karon H, Owner at The Squat Lobster, responded to this review

THANK YOU for your lovely review.... We hope you get over this way again from Italy; there are so many beautiful places to see on the island and we take pleasure in explaining to people how to get to these unspoilt places .....one visit is never enough if you know where to go....so PLEASE COME AGAIN..... And what could be... More 

Rothesay, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

good fresh fish and chips produced miraculously in a tiny space. nice big chunk of lemon with it... nice touch!

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2 Thank jim2015
Karon H, Owner at The Squat Lobster, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you so much for your review...and you gave us the highest score...THANK YOU ! We are closed for the winter, as we always are at this time (except for our first year just before my husband died). This year we were open Wednesday to Sunday from April until we closed 3 weeks ago. We hope to see you... More 

Glasgow
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is the best fish supper I have ever had. So good to see the fish being cooked in front of you to order and not some fish that has sat, after being cooked, in a display cabinet drying out. I have never had such a thick piece of fish, they are normally thin. Great being able to sit looking... More 

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Thank Kookaimckay
Karon H, Owner at The Squat Lobster, responded to this review

WOW!! Thank you for your review.. we are so pleased you enjoyed your meal. WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON...(although the weather just now is amazing....gggrrrr!) But we look forward to seeing you again next year...hopefully you will return to Bute and come to see us. Thank you, Karon and Emma More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

I was on the Isle of Bute for a business trip and i was looking for somewhere to eat, i was recommend to go to the Squat Lobster by someone on the Island, so i ordered a fish supper and was not dissapointed, the service was good and the fish was even better, highly recommend to anyone vistiting Bute. Thanks

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Thank Derek M
Karon H, Owner at The Squat Lobster, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review...it really means a lot to us if you enjoyed your meal and that you take the time to tell us...SOOO glad you were pleased, and that was a great review. Thank you Karon and Emma More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Visited this wee place on my way to the ferry, was a small setting with big things to offer lovely staff and im not a big eater so i choose the haddock gojouns my partner had the jumbo fish supper was very happy with what we got ! Fish was very fresh and tasty would recommend to others!

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1 Thank Louise A
Karon H, Owner at The Squat Lobster, responded to this review

Very pleased that you enjoyed your meal, AND that you have taken the time to write a review, it means a lot to Emma and I to know if we are continuing to "get it right"l; the goujons are the same fish but the (large) bite-size chunks in batter seem to be very moreish !!...WE ARE CLOSED NOW FOR THE... More 

Campbeltown
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2015

I wish all fish and chip shops were so good! Nice to sit in the sun by the putting green and share some goujons and chips. Lovely crisp batter and the most excellent chips.

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Thank Christine R
Karon H, Owner at The Squat Lobster, responded to this review

THANK YOU. !! I am beginning to think that our semi-skin on chips are a bit like marmite...you either love them or hate them....so glad you enjoyed your meal!!! No cholesterol..(everything is cooked in rapeseed oil).. Add mushy peas and it's part of your five a day......high in fibre, protein and omega 3...fish and chips get bad press...but done right... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

The fish and chips at the Squat Lobster are excellent. I would highly recommend stopping here as part of a day trip to Rothesay.

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Thank Lorna C
Karon H, Owner at The Squat Lobster, responded to this review

THANK YOU!....we are very glad you enjoyed your meal, and your trip to Rothesay - we are always grateful that people take the time to write and let us know if we are getting it right....(If they tell us we are getting it wrong we hit ourselves round the head with a Haddock !) Thanks again, Karon and Emma More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$3 - $10
Cuisine
Seafood, Fast Food, British, Scottish
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Pier | Isle of Bute, Rothesay PA20 9AQ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Isle of Bute  >  Rothesay
  • Phone Number: +44 7884 290996
Description
Message on The Squat Lobster Facebook page from a customer this evening ... "Defo waiting for some decent Fish n' Chips - don't keep us in suspense" My reply ....."I keep seeing you walking by, and I am dying to tell you..hopefully I can update you in about a week...I am so missing fish and Chips and local seafood too !"

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