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The Smiddy Bistro

Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
+44 1546 603606
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (58 reviews)
“salad” (42 reviews)
“cullen skink” (14 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch today. Had the chickpea burger in a brioche bun with sweet chilli sauce, a lovely fresh salad and vegetable crisps. Really tasty and filling. Only downside to the visit was being too full for cake as they looked amazing.

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Glad this wee gem has reopened with a similar menu to when Bruce owned it Our lunch was lovely but the smiddy salad wasn’t a patch on what Bruce served so it’s not really a return of the Smiddy salads!! Which is why I just...More

1  Thank GolfStar57
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

We had a delicious and very reasonable lunch here, with some of the best and most interesting salad I've ever had. The menu undersells the very high standard of food, all three of us including a vegetarian and a diabetic could not find fault. Highly...More

Thank Chris J
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We had an excellent dinner at the Smiddy on a Friday night. There was a very welcoming atmosphere and although busy, it was still relaxing. The food itself was excellent and very well presented. The staff were very helpful and efficient. There was a real...More

Thank Bill T
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

It’s been a wee while since I was last in the smiddy and it didn’t disappoint! Fantastic food in a lovely setting with super friendly staff, Wont leave it so long next time!

Thank Sazzyb22
Reviewed 17 September 2017

It's not on the main street but certainly worth the walk around to find it. Was nice and busy on a Sunday afternoon and the staff were really friendly. I'd certainly recommend this excellent little bistro.

Thank GtheKiwi
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

I often meet colleagues and friends here for lunch when working in Lochgilphead, food great and staff friendly and efficient. A busy little cafe hidden up a side road.

Thank Alison H
Reviewed 15 September 2017

this is an excellent establishment in lochgilphead run well and offering fantastic service and a great menu.

Thank kilmamouse
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We arrived, cold wet and hungry at 8.30 pm on a quiet Sunday evening. Not only were we made very welcome but the chef personally came out of the kitchen on learning I needed a gluten free meal, suggesting he cook me a special stir...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Had a pretty decent meal in this lovely little hidden bistro. Lovely clean and pleasant surroundings with freindly staff giving excellent service decent value for money. May very well of missed this hidden gem had it not been the only one I could find open...More

Thank Philip R
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Kevin A
13 August 2017|
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Response from Riffman2909 | Reviewed this property |
There's Rom to tie dogs outside
11 August 2016|
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Response from fmck49 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure they take cards. If not, it's right round the corner from the main street so there will be a cash machine there or at Tesco opposite.
5 August 2016|
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Response from KenzieLondon_UK | Reviewed this property |
Agree with above-Yes and better to book.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Lochgilphead
  • Phone Number: +44 1546 603606
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