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“Shame about the service” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tolman Cafe & Bay View Restaurant

Tolman Cafe & Bay View Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 27 Restaurants in St Mary's
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Welcome to Tolman Cafe & Bay View Restaurant, serving some of the finest food in the Isles of Scilly. All our dishes are prepared using the freshest ingredients sourced locally, and are served by a warm and professional team who smile all day long! Whether it be a relaxing cup of freshly ground coffee, a sandwich or burger at lunch or seafood for dinner, we have a wide range of dishes available on our menu. So come and visit us on St Mary's to enjoy a truly sensational dining experience, one which we're sure you won't soon forget!
Wimborne
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197 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Shame about the service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stopped for lunch and it quickly became clear that service was in disarray, young poorly trained staff were struggling to cope with a not very busy session which was a shame because the food when we eventually got it was of good quality.

Visited June 2014
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5 Thank Barry I
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Date | Rating
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English first
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“worth searching out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2014

we have been visiting this restaurant regularly for the last six years and the food is consistently outstanding, I have never been disappointed with service or menu. The staff and chef are very friendly. This year we enjoyed four excellent lunches and evening meals and the views over Old town are wonderful.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Lois L
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not up to the usual standard :(”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

Was really looking forward to lunch and cake here as it was so good last year. However this year it was a huge disappointment. None of our group liked there meals but by the time our food arrived we were just too hungry to complain. Lots of plates being taken away half full and most of the staff looked thoroughly miserable.
Doubt ill be visiting again until the reviews change

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Tweetie84
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Aldershot
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good Food and lovely atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

Have been meaning to write about this since our return from the Scillies a few weeks ago. We were found a table for 9 at short notice, and even though it was busy, the quality of the food was not compromised. Most of us had fish and it was wonderful, and good attention to details. The chef spoke tp us afterwards and he was so friendly and helpful.

The only criticism I would have was that a couple of the young staff needed a bit of training, as they did forget things and getting the bill at the end was not easy. However, this was easily the best meal we had anywhere on the island. Do Go.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Laurar50
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cheltenham
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“excellent evening dinner.June”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

Booked in for an evening with friends and experienced the best meal we had during our stay on the isle,service was excellent,and it was a pleasure to dine here.There were four of us and we all had different starters and mains and all were superb,for myself the lobster bisque was as good as any I had in Portugal or Spain,I would recommend this restaurant for a great night out.We walked from Hugh Town through the Nature trail no more than 20 minutes on a warm evening and had the free taxi service back which the restaurant provide.I hope we return one day and this will be the first place we visit,,the chef also took the time to talk about the various dishes and could not have been more accomodating,we wish we had found this place earlier.

Jim D

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jimdCheltenham
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