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Mackenzie & Cruickshank

$$ - $$$British, Soups,
1 West Road, Forres IV36 2GW, Scotland
+44 1309 696940
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (34 reviews)
“soups” (19 reviews)
“scones” (32 reviews)
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British, Soups, Scottish, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 West Road, Forres IV36 2GW, Scotland
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

This has to be one of the best venues to visit for everything in and around the house and garden. The coffee shop/ restaurant has fabulous local produce meals with great options. Best of all the options for gluten free is second to none. The...More

Thank elained391
Thirza C, Public Relations Manager at Mackenzie & Cruickshank, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Hi. Many thanks for your kind review of Mackenzie & Cruickshank. We are so pleased to hear your enjoyed your experience and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 30 October 2017

The cakes are good and the coffee OK. The soup is good if you can get it but they don't make enough and it often runs out. Service is pleasant once you attract their attention which can take some time. The ambience is not good...More

Thank Albert075
Thirza C, Public Relations Manager at Mackenzie & Cruickshank, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Many thanks for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed the cakes, coffee & soup. The coffee shop is a large, easily accessible vibrant space; this means we often attract lots of community groups, families, couples, people just out for a quick lunch...More

A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Too long for food and not even busy, staff standing around chatting to each other instead of serving - Manager is grumpy too

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

popped in for a quick coffee and sausage roll, took far to long at the counter although only one before me, plenty of staff but no counter service. Eventually servide but a wait for the food, left me pushed for time for me appointment.

Thank doug k
Reviewed 10 October 2017

The food is excellent cooked to order and the home bake are out of the world they also bake a variety of scones fresh every day the staff and polite and go out of there to help you and when you have finished you can...More

Thank judiths260
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Just popped in for coffee after long drive. Very busy place. Shopping area a bit cramped. Food area was clean and bright.

Thank Iflett
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Chaotic café and no enough space so tight esp. when there's a queue. They have menus written on the board BUT no prices on it and so kind of something's not right. It says in their carvery menu, help yourself to veges but it's not...More

6  Thank MeikaEllaPerry0514
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit. Very good garden centre nice healthy plants at very reasonable prices. Gift department very good nice mix of gifts. Very good potting shed cafe great choice of soups and bread,scones, breakfast and light lunch. All the staff and Peter and heather...More

Thank Raymond E
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We hadn't visited Mackenzie & Cruickshanks Garden Centre since 2010 so as we were visiting the Area we decided to pop in to see if they still sold the magnificent cheese scones and yes they did , thoroughly enjoyed my coffee and cheese scone ,...More

Thank CubbyScotland
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Not for the first time we stopped here, they have the best Cheese Scones I've ever had. The service is second to none, all are polite and will do anything to help you. We never pass this place, always looking forward to ma wee pit...More

Thank Gerry M
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Adeline R
30 March 2017|
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Response from DavidMacarthur | Reviewed this property |
Give them a buzz on 01309 696 940, I've never booked myself but I'm sure I've seen reserved seating before. I'd assume they'll move some tables together for you in the separate room tot he back of the restaurant. The staff... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 West Road, Forres IV36 2GW, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Moray  >  Forres
  • Phone Number: +44 1309 696940
  • E-mail
The Potting Shed coffee shop always proves a popular place for locals and visitors. Everything we serve is home cooked on our premises and we source our products from local suppliers we know and trust. We have become famous for our range of scones and soups with the scones often still warm when they are served. Whether it be a hearty cooked breakfast, a light lunch, an afternoon tea or just a coffee and cake, there is something for everyone.
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