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The Old Kiln Cafe

Arbeg Distillery, Port Ellen PA42 7EA, Scotland
+44 1496 302244
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (120 reviews)
“haggis” (23 reviews)
“cheesecake” (7 reviews)
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Cafe, European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Arbeg Distillery, Port Ellen PA42 7EA, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was there before my Ardbeg tour and the cafe, though a little pricey, was definitely worthwhile! It was served with a dram of uigeadail.

1  Thank whiskyfanda
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

We so enjoyed our visit to the cafe. There was such a buzz inside with all sorts of people in the cafe. The service was very quick and efficient despite it being busy. We had sandwiches and a Pannini for lunch along with coffee's. Prices...More

Thank Rory G
Reviewed October 26, 2018

We had a lunch as break during our distilery trip. Place quite crowded, so we had to wait some minutes for the tables (it was not an issue). Friendly staff, really good local specialities with nice Ardbeg whisky sampling range. Must do!

Thank Krzysztof P
Reviewed October 22, 2018

This restaurant is located at the Ardbeg Distillery - a good walk from Port Ellen, with Laphraoig and Lagavulin on the way. We spent a great day visiting all 3 distilleries and tasting the delicious whisky - having lunch here was the perfect way to...More

Thank ceejayxx
Reviewed October 18, 2018

Having traveled a long way to get here based on many good recommendations we expected more than what we got here. The staff seemed highly stressed and over stretched. Food was rushed, and no check back or offer of anything else. Customers were being asked...More

Thank Yannis S
Reviewed October 15, 2018

This is not actually in Port Ellen, but rather a few miles away. That said, the food is first rate. The fish pie in particular was memorable, as well as the cakes. And the whisky isn't half bad either. At lunch time it gets really...More

Thank William N
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Walking up to Ardbeg from Port Ellen for a “wee” bite and some drams. Excellent lunch dishes, nice atmosphere.

Thank Dylan2602
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Good food! Friendly Staff! Good value for money. Everything absolutely perfect. .... as always! Directly connected to the Ardbeg Shop. Sometimes difficult to get a table.

1  Thank Matthias B
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Being at the end of the 3 distillery walking/bike trail, and the only eatery once you get outside of Port Ellen, they can get pretty busy. There can be a wait, as it seems like every visitor to Islay, and a smattering of locals grabs...More

Thank Brett B
Reviewed September 29, 2018

The cafe was very busy an we had to go back at a later time. The woman who dealt with us was brilliant in spite of being under a great deal of pressure - she also served the excellent haggis and nears with a wee...More

1  Thank algyfern
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Arbeg Distillery, Port Ellen PA42 7EA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Islay  >  Port Ellen
  • Phone Number: +44 1496 302244
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