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The Old Kiln Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, British, Scottish
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Arbeg Distillery, Port Ellen PA42 7EA, Scotland
+44 1496 302244
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Sunnyvale, California
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our lunchtime waitress at The Lochside hotel recommended that we plan for lunch at The Old Kiln Café after our tour of the Ardbeg Distillery. We were really happy we took her recommendation! The food was fresh and well prepared and the vanilla-honey cheesecake with Dark Cove whiskey sauce was a great ending to a very good meal!

Thank LuckyDogSJC
Frankfurt, Germany
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269 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really nice place to have a break in that part of Islay. The food was nice, service friendly and they also have a broad range of Ardbeg whiskies.

Thank neumanth
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best lunch spots on our distillery tour. The fish pie and steak pie were both appreciated!

Thank Callimachus
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited mid October on a Monday and the restaurant was full! it has about 100 covers! Anyway it was worth the wait and I would recommend the Haggis, neeps and tatties in a 'Uigeadail' sauce - it comes with a dram of Uigeadail! Delicious!

Thank CarnegieHoward
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with friends because of the good reviews we read on TA. The distillery site of Ardbeg, where the Old Kiln is located, looks pristine and is very well maintained. Having seen more than enough distilleries already, we decided to just have lunch here which turned out to be one of the best decisions made during our trip. Well... More 

Thank John P
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Great place for lunch while waiting for your tour at the distillery. The food is good and you can have some drams while you're having lunch!

Thank MichaelB_TA
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69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

When planning a distillery tour make sure to leave time to eat at the Old Kiln. It is one of the best restaurants on the island.

Thank Nadorick
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We visited all three distilleries (Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg) and had been told in advance that Ardbeg had a great cafe. We were not disappointed and would highly recommend it for anyone doing the same route.

Thank susannekarlss0n
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We had lunch here after the full tour & tastings, the food was very good, the staff nice as they found the time to briefly chat with the guests but still provide quick service. The place was busy but they had ample people attending the place so there were no long delays. If combining two tours in the same day... More 

Thank Alon L
Rostock, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The Old Kiln Cafe at Ardbeg Distillery is well worth a visit,due to the nice atmosphere in the historic kiln, the friendly staff, good management and - especially the excellent food and drinks. I would recommend the wonderfull Haggis, neeps and tatties. It is served with a particulary fine whisky and pepper sauce and a drum of peated Ardbeg whisky,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Scottish
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Arbeg Distillery, Port Ellen PA42 7EA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  The Hebrides  >  Islay  >  Port Ellen
  • Phone Number: +44 1496 302244

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?