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Cafe at Designs

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179 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DZ, Scotland
+44 1556 504552
09:30 - 17:00
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

the cafe is downstairs from a shop upstairs so is closed in but there is a small conservatory at back that provides light I just stopped for tea and cake and was disappointed - cake (Victoria sponge) had vast amounts of cream, scraping of ham and was not nice; it did look impressive but I never seen so much cream... More 

Thank Paul D
Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first look, Designs might appear to be just a fancy goods shop, but pass through the door and take the steps down to the lower floor and you will find the best Cafe in Castle Douglas. The Morning Coffee or Afternoon Tea, together with the selection of cakes etc. is very good, but the Lunchtime menu is even better.... More 

Thank Millside_Baker
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far the best place to eat in Castle Douglas. Always a really good choice of imaginative and interesting dishes - and amazing cakes.

Thank Penelope S
Prestwick, United Kingdom
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153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very busy at lunch time. Service was fine, food was good with a good choice on offer. Reasonable prices and a shop and gallery upstairs. (You go down to the café).

Thank Douglas M
Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only dropped in for a mid morning coffee, service was excellent, cakes were very tempting. A great place for coffee, I am sure they offer far more but we were only in town briefly but would certainly explore further if in town again.

Thank Brian S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

When in Castle Douglas always stop for coffee and cake in this delightful cafe. On initial visit some years ago entered what we thought was only a shop ( lovely shop) to find the cafe downstairs. Cakes are scrumptious with meals looking just as good. Staff are friendly polite and helpful. Cafe is clean as are the toilets. There is... More 

Thank Eileen H
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely food and always excellent specials. The cakes are great too especially the lemon drizzle cake. If the weather allows there is a beautiful garden to enjoy. It can be very busy but I think that's just testament to the good food.

Thank Mhairi641
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Myself and partner visit here every time we are in Castle Douglas. The coffee and cake are the best in the town as far as we're concerned. The Lemon Crunch is my go to cake in here with a coffee it's sublime. But as well as the cakes/scones etc being in a league of their own Designs offers up some... More 

Thank Gordon P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We had a lunch there this week, off the back of a TripAdvisor recommendation. There vas a varied selection on the Lunch menu and we had 3 different selections all very tasty and well presented with fresh salads. Good coffee a bright interior and friendly helpful waiting staff really made this a good lunch.

Thank Neil R
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This is a little gem in the middle of Castle Douglas. Appears to be a gift shop but downstairs is a lovely cafe. Great attentive staff. Perhaps felt a bit rushed at times but I can understand that they want the table as it's so popular. I went for the piri piri chicken wrap off the special board with a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
09:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 179 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DZ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dumfries and Galloway  >  Castle Douglas
  • Phone Number: +44 1556 504552

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