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Mackenzie & Cruickshank

1 West Road, Forres IV36 2GW, Scotland
+44 1309 696940
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (34 reviews)
“soups” (19 reviews)
“scones” (33 reviews)
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British, Soups, Cafe, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 West Road, Forres IV36 2GW, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit of 2018 still a great place to visit first class garden centre gift department and restaurant. The staff very friendly and helpful

Thank Raymond E
Reviewed 1 week ago

A favourite to go to when I'm home visiting. Scones are delicious and soup always tasty. Would recommend to anyone in area or passing through. Nice gifts in shop too.

Thank 14janey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I went for a lazy brunch today and had the most fantastic food. My wife had the MacKenzie Breakfast Bap which was bacon, scrambled eggs and tomatoes in a large bap, which she thoroughly enjoyed. I had the Black Pudding Stack which...More

Thank Ian S
Thirza C, Manager at Mackenzie & Cruickshank, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Ian Thank you for taking the time to comment our coffee shop breakfast menu. We are delighted you enjoyed everything we are always reviewing our waiting times at busy times in coffee shop. Many Thanks

Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Popped in for a bowl of soup and a cuppa. Delicious, home cooked chicken soup with fresh brown bread and butter. Couldn’t fault it, generous portion, hot and very tasty. There’s no frills but it’s clean and tidy. It gets very busy but would defiantly...More

Thank Sue G
Reviewed 7 November 2017

This has to be one of the best venues to visit for everything in and around the house and garden. The coffee shop/ restaurant has fabulous local produce meals with great options. Best of all the options for gluten free is second to none. The...More

Thank elained391
Thirza C, Public Relations Manager at Mackenzie & Cruickshank, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Hi. Many thanks for your kind review of Mackenzie & Cruickshank. We are so pleased to hear your enjoyed your experience and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 30 October 2017

The cakes are good and the coffee OK. The soup is good if you can get it but they don't make enough and it often runs out. Service is pleasant once you attract their attention which can take some time. The ambience is not good...More

Thank Albert075
Thirza C, Public Relations Manager at Mackenzie & Cruickshank, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2017

Many thanks for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed the cakes, coffee & soup. The coffee shop is a large, easily accessible vibrant space; this means we often attract lots of community groups, families, couples, people just out for a quick lunch...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Too long for food and not even busy, staff standing around chatting to each other instead of serving - Manager is grumpy too

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 12 October 2017

popped in for a quick coffee and sausage roll, took far to long at the counter although only one before me, plenty of staff but no counter service. Eventually servide but a wait for the food, left me pushed for time for me appointment.

Thank doug k
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The food is excellent cooked to order and the home bake are out of the world they also bake a variety of scones fresh every day the staff and polite and go out of there to help you and when you have finished you can...More

Thank judiths260
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Just popped in for coffee after long drive. Very busy place. Shopping area a bit cramped. Food area was clean and bright.

Thank Iflett
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Adeline R
30 March 2017|
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Response from DavidMacarthur | Reviewed this property |
Give them a buzz on 01309 696 940, I've never booked myself but I'm sure I've seen reserved seating before. I'd assume they'll move some tables together for you in the separate room tot he back of the restaurant. The staff... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 West Road, Forres IV36 2GW, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Moray  >  Forres
  • Phone Number: +44 1309 696940
  • E-mail
The Potting Shed coffee shop always proves a popular place for locals and visitors. Everything we serve is home cooked on our premises and we source our products from local suppliers we know and trust. We have become famous for our range of scones and soups with the scones often still warm when they are served. Whether it be a hearty cooked breakfast, a light lunch, an afternoon tea or just a coffee and cake, there is something for everyone.
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