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“Friendly, homely restaurant and pub” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sango Sands Oasis Restaurant and Bar

Sango Sands Oasis Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #3 of 7 Restaurants in Durness
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Friendly, homely restaurant and pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

We were regulars here for dinner/drinks for over a week, as we were based at the campsite next door.

The restaurant is set out in a series of diner style booths and offers a range of pub classics and more local fare - lasagne, fish and chips, venison stew, haggis starter, local smoked salmon. The melt-in-your-mouth pork belly deserves special mention. The dishes are slightly let down by the vegetable sides (the baby carrots look straight out of a packet) and the desserts were OK, but not as good as the mains.

A team of enthusiastic and friendly Czech friends man the tables and the bar; it turns out they also run the neighbouring surf shop.

Prices are reasonable.

The restaurant is often full, so if you haven't reserved then be prepared to wait in the adjoining bar - no great hardship as its very welcoming and you can enjoy your drink on comfortable sofas overlooking the sea.

Worth a try.

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Scotland, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Good pub grub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Great food great value great place
It's fast and furious big portions , great service with a smile even when really busy. Had to wait 10 mind for a table but sat in the lounge bar with a pint of cider , and a sea view what more can you ask .

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Thank joan3
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Preston
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great value for money.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

As there isn't much choice of eateries in Durness, they could get away with charging a lot more for a lot less, but they don't! Good choice on the menu and they even managed to accommodate me (I'm vegan). Charming, a little bit old fashioned, but this just adds to the character!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Slow, slow, slow...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

We visited the bar for a light lunch on a Sunday afternoon while on a short break in the area. I can't comment on the restaurant but as far as bars go it's fairly clean and spacious. There's live sport on a tv screen which normally puts me right off, but there's plenty of room to escape it if you're not interested. We found adequate parking, clean loos, a wonderful sea view and plenty of choice.

Unfortunately our experience was tainted by the unbelievably slow service of a simple food order at a relatively quiet time, and worse the complete lack of urgency or explanation when we politely chased it up after half an hour. After a further 20 minutes I went to speak to the bar staff again minded to ask for a refund for the food not provided, shortly after which the pizza appeared but without any attempt at apology for the hour-long wait - hence my low rating. Seems others have had similar experiences!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Jonathan S
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great location, poor food and service.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We ate here on a Weekend lunchtime. We waited a few minutes for someone to arrive at the bar to serve us, and when we eventually managed to order food, we thought £19 for two bar meals was quite expensive, but if it was good fresh food it would be worth it. It wasn't. There was a long wait, even though the place was mostly empty, when it did arrive the waitress muttered that the cutlery and sauces were "over there" , so we assumed that this meant we should help ourselves, which we did. The food was cheap frozen and tinned stuff, the frying oil is obviously due a change, and the plates were quite small, so portion size is not huge. One of our orders was wrong, but we thought it would be a bad idea to complain, and didn't have much time, so we didn't bother. We ate up and left quite quickly, the barman didn't look up from his phone to acknowledge us when we left.
All in all then, not great food or service, and the bar area has a musty, damp feel to it, so is not a place to linger.

Visited August 2014
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