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The Smiddy Bistro

) #1 of 10 Restaurants in Lochgilphead $$ - $$$ Cafe, British,
Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
+44 1546 603606
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (55 reviews)
“salads” (23 reviews)
“cullen skink” (13 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 16:00All hours
Cafe, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Smithy Lane, Lochgilphead PA31 8TA, Scotland
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Reviews (214)
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1 - 10 of 214 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Huge portion, good prices (£9,85 June 2017 the most expensive dish), freshly made and full of flavour! Highly recommended ;)

Thank Mel S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We like our coffee breaks and appreciate a decent cup and a nice cake to with it. This little place always does the trick and there's always a nice choice of cakes.

Thank Diana W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here one night by ourselves and another with a friend. John Fisher the owner /chef is a great chef, and the food is excellent. It's a small hidden gem in an alleyway parallel to the main street in Lochgilphead. The restaurant may be quite...More

Thank GordonStalybridge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Superb menus given one month before. 6 starters. 6 main courses. 4 desserts plus biscuits and cheese plus coffee Wonderful meal applauded by all there.

Thank Alexandrina S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was recommended here but won't be back. Ordered coffee, didn't get what we ordered, but fixed quickly by waitress who trilled she had written it down but forgot to look at her notes? Scone really not very good, a bit doughy. Watch out when paying...More

Thank Lilian10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the only place that we could find open on a Sunday, but weren't we lucky to find it! The Cullen Skink was wonderful, we enjoyed every mouthful. Later that trip we travelled through Cullen, where the name originated: I cannot imagine how they...More

Thank Anne G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To be honest the 'down a side street' setting makes this place feel even more of a find. Reassuringly the menu (inc kids options) was varied but not massive. Lots of nice little touches told you kitchen staff were trying to make each plate as...More

Thank James R
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Staying at Tayvallich and as recommended in guest book travelled to Bistro for lunch.Had the Cullen Skink and it was superb with lovely fresh bread.Also we had the smoked trout salad. What can I say, it was absolutely gorgeous with so many fresh ingredients, and...More

1  Thank LandyAndy
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

We went for a Saturday night dinner and both ended up having the cold smoked seafood platter. The seafood was tasty and there was an interesting selection of small helpings of different salads. It's good, straightforward and tasty fare in simple surroundings, probably the best...More

1  Thank ColintonTraveller
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Down a small lane off the Main Street is a little gem called smiddys bistro had a lovely lunch of roll mop herrings probably the best ii have ever tasted with a well dressed salad. The staff were lovely and made you very welcome ....More

Thank jeanpallister
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do they take Visa?
12 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.
are you open on Saturday for evening meals? Do we need a reservation?
5 August 2016|
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Response from KenzieLondon_UK | Reviewed this property |
Agree with above-Yes and better to book.
Richard T
Are you open all year?
24 October 2015|
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Response from janeyp111 | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
17:45 - 20:45
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
17:45 - 20:45
10:00 - 16:00
17:45 - 20:45
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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