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Cafe at Designs

179 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DZ, Scotland
+44 1556 504552
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (52 reviews)
“cakes” (34 reviews)
“salad” (21 reviews)
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
179 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DZ, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cafe is downstairs from a lovely gift shop. We asked a local and she suggested Designs, we were not disappointed. As we were there on a very chilly spring day no one was sitting in the garden but we found a table in the...More

Thank BargainQueen1952
Reviewed 1 week ago

We always visit this cafe when we are on holiday so it was our first place to visit during the Easter break. Sadly, we found the service to be poor this year. We ordered cake, scones and coffees. The waitress spilt most of my husband's...More

Thank Yvonne D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful gallery. Lovely coffee shop, beautifully run with attention to detail. Squeaky clean. Charming and friendly helpful staff. Beautiful food prepared and presented to a high standard. Home bakes were divine! Highly recommended.

1  Thank Sweetcharity19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious lunch menu and a side salad to die for. Highly recommended with friendly staff too. Top marks.

Thank Leigh C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A regular place for my wife to eat at lunchtime with friends. I rarely have time for lunch so this was an exceptional day for me. It is always popular at lunchtime so we were fortunate to get a table bang on lunchtime on a...More

1  Thank Paul G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a regular for us when in Castle Douglas as consistently good for food and service. There are steps down to the cafe which need to be considered if any mobility issues. However there is access to the cafe via the garden which is...More

1  Thank Margaret W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

always very busy, great cafe for a coffee and cake or for a beautiful lunch, staff brilliant food and drinks excellent, family friendly atmosphere.

1  Thank stephenhouston2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why do coffee shops let untrained staff act as a barista? I suppose that in tourist locations they assume they will never see you again, so it won’t matter. That seems to be the case here. Indifferent coffee and totally impersonal service in a dim...More

1  Thank frank_kirwan
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Great place for lunch - nice atmosphere, good food and good service. At there is also a very good gift shop and gallery upstairs!

Thank Baytheus
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Nice bright place entered via a lovely but slightly expensive gift shop. Coffee really nice but, even better was the crunchy lemon slice! Pleasant staff, would go again if in the area.

Thank nurse1980
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Geordie B
31 March 2017|
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Response from Mhairi641 | Reviewed this property |
Outside there are tables and dogs would be ok there I think.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 179 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DZ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dumfries and Galloway  >  Castle Douglas
  • Phone Number: +44 1556 504552
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