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Birsay Bay Tearoom

Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
+44 1856 721399
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cakes” (112 reviews)
“soup” (30 reviews)
“sandwich” (11 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped in here for lunch while on a tour of the Island. We had personable service, a great americano and wonderful smoked salmon, crab, local cheese and some really great desserts. All of our group was happy with their food (and they were kind...More

Thank Andrew O
Reviewed 2 days ago

A clean and comfortable tea room with great views. The food on offer was of the sandwiches, soup, baked potatoes or burgers variety, and if my experience is typical, very good. There are some interesting varieties of specialist tea on offer, the service is friendly...More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 2 days ago

What a find. A delightful place for coffee or lunch. Friendly staff, lovely coffee and great cakes. Views were magnificent.

Thank Kim F
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a nice tea room in a beautiful area of Mainland Orkney. We had to wait sometime for a tea, coffee, and two slices of carrot cake; but did this matter when the carrot cake was arguably the best my wife and I had...More

Thank amiddletonsct
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love Birsay Bay tea room .. food fantastic great service friendly gorgeous views Think TripAdvisor should remove old reviews since under new management .

Thank DfromEvie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small tearoom but great food ( homemade soups and a variety of sandwiches) They have a wide variety of baked goods that will make your mouth water! We couldn't resist their lavender cake.....it was delicious! Get a window seat as the view is wonderful.

Thank Maggie4852
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A thriving tea room which also does sandwiches and soup etc. It is very popular so you may have to wait but the wait is worthwhile. They also do a very good afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and cake so something for everyone.

Thank Annie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only open on weekends when I was there a fun place to visit. Great views, watched jack rabbits frolicking, and lots of interesting birds I had pastries and tea. Perfect after a walk. Quite crowded, even off season. Reasonable prices

Thank dbsopera
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very popular spot but not open all week. You may have to queue to get a table. But once seated the food is excellent, the service friendly and the views spectacular.

Thank Whittlesford
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very busy place but we managed to get seats at a table with a couple who kindly agreed to share their table with us. Really enjoyed broccoli and Orkney Cheddar quiche, followed by double espresso coffee cake. Great views of Brough of Birsay. Best to...More

Thank asti2
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Gill T
Do you have GF options, and are you open in winter at all?
28 December 2015|
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Response from BirsayBayTeaRoom | Property representative |
Hello - we do cater for GF diets. Our soups are GF, we always have GF bread and there's always a GF cake option too! Our winter opening hours are currently Friday, Saturday & Sundays - closed for the month of January... More
Do they have fresh scones and good coffee
25 August 2015|
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Response from BirsayBayTeaRoom | Property representative |
Hi, Our scones are baked fresh every morning, and if on the odd occasion there are any left at the end of the day - we tend to share these with the last customers - fresh is best! In relation to the coffee - we have a great... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Birsay
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 721399
  • E-mail
We are a modern Tearoom, based in the lovely location of Birsay. We serve light lunches and tasty home bakes, have a good selection of Teas and brew a good cup of coffee. Our menu is based around products grown and made locally.
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