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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth a visit. Prices have went up quite a bit so it's defintely into the 'tourist trap' category now but I still feel it's decent value for money. My half pot of pranws was ok although the prawns hadnt been cleaned very well. The kids...meals were great value and very nice. Good service and good locatiobn tip the scales into the worth a visit and will be back category.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a little gem. Lovely friendly staff, cozy atmosphere, good value. Great cake! I have made it a life long quest to find the best coffee and walnut cake in the UK. This one has shot to the top of the list. I didn’t have...lunch but there were plenty of people who were. They too looked yummy. Give it a try.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 2, 2024

Fish was good, but was charged £8.45 for a kids toasties, then 50p to toast the bread then £2.45 for cheese making it the most expensive toasties I've ever had. The ham inside was not edible and when I asked the server was told that...toasties are all one size even though I had previously asked for a kids portion. I am Scottish and fear this place is not being fair in its pricing as its one of tourists coming in.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 27, 2024

If you're in Mallaig & looking for somewhere to go for food, avoid this place, I popped in for a sausage & potato scone roll & a tea..I travel & hike all over Scotland & I can honestly say this is the worst place I've...been in, the food wasn't cooked & it tasted disgusting, had to leave it after 2 bites..I said to the girl at the counter that I couldn't eat it but there was no apology & charged me full price of £9.37..a horrible place..AVOIDMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 26, 2024 via mobile

Came for lunch before our ferry to Skye. We had the kipper and the pint of prawns which were both delicious. A good selection of local beers too although not on the actual menu so you will need to ask. We got straight in but...I’d imagine that you would often have to wait for a table, especially in the summer.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 22, 2024 via mobile

We ordered a hot chocolate which was okay and a gaelic coffee which was absolutely horrible. It was like it was made by someone who had never had one. Just tasted like instant coffee with a tot of whiskey in it.Topped off with a little...bit of cream. Would have complained but Nobody bothered to come and ask how it was. I couldn't be bothered to bring up the issue when I paid certainly will not be coming back. Left a horrible taste in my mouth in more ways than one. Also only one gent toilets with not even a basic engaged sign which caused a little bit of embarrassmentMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 18, 2024

Please ignore any reviews from clueless tourists that turned up in last years peak busy season and expected budget prices anywhere in the remote Scottish Highlands, and instant service. Fabulous ham hock and lentil soup today. Bruinoise veg all the right size, and that doesn't...take 2 minutes to do. Nice small pieces of ham, lovely flavour. Superb bread. I'm a chef - I'd have been well well pleased had I made this. Shrimp baked potato. Fresh, large and great. Heard the waitress - 'sorry we only have two fish left.' Guess they don't use FAS (frozen at sea) then, and the people eating the last two pieces sounded delighted with their F&C and I heard a 'best we've had up here this week.' Carrot cake - also fabulous. Coffee - could have been a little larger. Chips - maybe another 45 seconds cooking time. Salt & pepper shakers - it's quiet March - no excuse for not wiping down the outsides. And that's as critical as I can get. Glad we found them, and will totally go in again next time we drive down there for the afternoon. All these summer season whiners should have gone to the Co-Op over the road and got a sandwich, and complained to Tripadvisor there were 40 people waiting to pay and that took forever instead.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 11, 2024

Superb tea and coffee. Scones were superb. Plus the ambience and service was excellent. The setting and open fire made it so welcoming

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 9, 2024 via mobile

Popped in for a coffee and could not resist the cake. Had to go back the next day to try the soup and sandwiches. Was not disappointed the food was fresh and tasty the staff welcoming and friendly. But the icing on the cake was...the amazing view out to sea and up the hills.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 8, 2024

We went for "tea"in the British sense, a main meal in the late afternoon. The cafe was busy inside, no-one sitting outside in the cool breeze. We ordered Cullen Skink - an old favorite which I have honed to perfection myself - and fish and...chips, to share. The chips were exquisite - done to perfection, with a gentle crisp outer covering a soft delicate inside. Possibly the best I have ever experienced, though that may be luck on the day. The fish was properly cooked, a crisp batter, not overdone. The Cullen Skink was well flavoured, and creamy, potato texture spot-on. So full marks to Tea Garden Cafe, an excellent stop on a March day. Nice girls serving as well.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 4, 2024

So happy that the Tea Garden is open again with its warm welcome and excellent food. Great service and lovely people. Thank you.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed October 14, 2023 via mobile

Great wee cafe, stopped in after the Joacobite train for a quick lunch. Try the Cullen Skink, was brilliant. Quick service and happy staff

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 24, 2023

Lovely cappuccinos (has oat milk if intolerant to dairy) and lovely cakes! Friendly service. Dog friendly.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 16, 2023

Had lunch here during Jacobite train trip to Mallaig. Quick and friendly service and great tasting food. Best club sandwich I've had in a long time. Would definitely recommend for a visit

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 9, 2023

My mother and I had a bite to eat here. Both opted for the Cullen Skink soup and then shared a carrot cake. The items we had were lovely, soup was nice and hot, carrot cake moist. We saw other items being delivered to tables...and they looked good too. The food is in my opinion quite expensive here but there was no where else open to compare to. Like most tourist spots the venue simply has a captive audience. I’ve seen some of the feedback on this forum but have to say our experience was fine. Friendly staff and what we ate, although a tad pricey, was nice.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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I am sorry Raeclare, I am not sure. The Café is fairly cramped, but from memory there were a couple of tables outside on the footpath. The staff were very friendly so I think a phone call or email direct to the Café... More
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The Tea Garden Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5