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Birsay Bay Tearoom

Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
+44 1856 721399
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cakes” (80 reviews)
“soup” (35 reviews)
“carrot cake” (6 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

We recently booked out the Birsay Bay Tearooms for a private party and it was excellent. Georgie and Katherine couldn't have been more helpful and were so accommodating. The atmosphere was so happy and relaxed and ensured that all guests had a great time. Thankyou...More

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 3 October 2017

A lovely cafe by the sea. A good choice of food and a very friendly staff. They even have binoculars so you can watch the seals. Please go and visit.

Thank jaydeeAberdeen
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a soup and sandwich deal and one tried the quiche. All fresh and pleasantly presented. The cakes were lovely and with a free refill of the pot of tea made it great value. Our note of feedback would be that the 'side salad'...More

Thank Sockknitter5
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Home grown home made food. Best book if you want lunch. Excellent view of the sea. Gifts available to buy.

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We were in Orkney for a family visit and my brother in law took us here. Really good soya latte, a good choice if cakes and scones - the biggest surprise was the gluten free & dairy free cakes my choice of brownie was delicious....More

Thank nikki s
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I explored Birsay on a very windy day. After spending about 3 hours in the wind, The Birsay Tearoom offered a place of refuge, but I wasn't the only one. They were very busy but, after checking with the occupants, let me share a table....More

Thank MikeX4356
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We had lunch here a few times. The views are breathtaking ! Friendly staff, in a lovely tearoom. I had home made soup and sandwiches, hubs had ploughmans. Delicious, honest food. The cakes looked amazing, but we were both full. Great coffee too. We'll be...More

Thank Caroline A
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We enjoyed a lovely cuppa tea and coffee with some sweets while waiting for the tide to go down in order to walk across to the island. The staff member shared some great tips for our travels and had such positive energy that it made...More

Thank Mara S
Reviewed 28 August 2017

This tea room has a good write up but we found it to be very slow, even at times when there weren't many folk in. Lavender Cake was sugary sweet, but little other flavour. Coffee was OK. Home made humous was stodgy and unappetising. Not...More

Thank Food_Lover186317
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Lovely little café with great views. It was very busy, but luckily the outdoor seating was available (and the rain stayed away!) Cake was brilliant and the staff were really nice.

Thank rachel b
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Questions & Answers
Gill T
27 December 2015|
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Response from BirsayBayTeaRoom | Property representative |
Hello - we do cater for GF diets. Our soups are GF, we always have GF bread and there's always a GF cake option too! Our winter opening hours are currently Friday, Saturday & Sundays - closed for the month of January... More
25 August 2015|
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Response from BirsayBayTeaRoom | Property representative |
Hi, Our scones are baked fresh every morning, and if on the odd occasion there are any left at the end of the day - we tend to share these with the last customers - fresh is best! In relation to the coffee - we have a great... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Birsay
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 721399
  • E-mail
We are a modern Tearoom, based in the lovely location of Birsay. We serve light lunches and tasty home bakes, have a good selection of Teas and brew a good cup of coffee. Our menu is based around products grown and made locally.
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