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Cafe at Designs

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, British, Scottish
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179 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1DZ, Scotland
+44 1556 504552
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Met up with a colleague here today. Very fine scones with our morning coffee meant we returned for their BBC light lunch - Bacon, Brie and Cranberry with small salad. No complaints, ideal place just a shame I am only occasionally in CD

Thank BlackandWhite1885
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here a few times recently and the food has been very nice, usually stick to the sweets like the lemon drizzles as the lunch options are not that great, especially not for fussy kids as my younger brothers always to find something they want to eat. The food is good quality and there is a wide variety of drinks... More 

Thank jakelucy181
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely quaint place to visit. Good service. Only dropped in for coffee but will definitely go back at some point

Thank Runrigman
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132 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castle Douglas is a favourite stop en route to Ireland but on this trip all our normal haunts were full however further down the street we came across this cafe. The staff were friendly and efficient with a good range of snacks, you'd have to go a long way to find a better scone. To be recommended.

Thank JAG018
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This is my favourite café in castle Douglas. They have lovely specials every day and we especially like the chicken wraps. I have visited loads of times and never has a bad meal. In the summer the back garden is lovely.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 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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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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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316 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

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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154 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

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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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
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?