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Sidings is a quirky 30 seater Cafe located in two 1950s railway carriages at Dufftown Railway Station, in between the famous Balvenie & Glenfiddich Distilleries at the point of the Speyside Way. A seasonal operation open Tuesdays to Sunday from MARCH -NOVEMBER. RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL. Choose from Daily Homemade Soups , Sandwiches, Jacket Potatoes, and our tasty platters with, Cheese , Quiche or Salmon or if you have a sweet tooth one of our delicious Homemade Cakes from the counter. All at very reasonable prices . We pride ourselves on sourcing and using the best of local produce and are proud to display the prestigious Taste of Scotland Award. Non - licensed. Coaches and Groups by appointment
PRICE RANGE
US$5 - US$13
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped past here on a whim and were lucky to get a table during a busy lunchtime. Sidings is a lovely old-timey cafe - very 1950s feel! Food isn’t overly fancy but cooked very well. Had some excellent scotch broth with a very generous portion...of a coronation chicken sandwich. Plenty deliciousn cakes and tray bakes to choose from as wellMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 18 October 2022 via mobile

We used to used the Sidings Cafe with customers before the pandemic and were sorry to see it close. On a rainy day between distilleries l, we popped in with our guests and although the place was busy found it to be fast efficient and...serving a lovely soup. One question... where do you get your rolls? They are amazing.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 12 October 2022 via mobile

Right next door to Balvenie (only open by appointment, no need to try any way. Not even for the shop). And nearby Gleddifich. Cake, pie and tea in an old traincarrage. Lovely old fashioned place. Don’t expect 5 star food, just honoust food with good...tast.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 October 2022

I've been gushing about this place to everyone! What a quaint cafe in a former rail car with excellent, homemade food! We enjoyed the quiche and slaw. Save room for the cake!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 8 September 2022

We popped in for a cuppa to pass the time as in the past we always had great coffee under the previous owners - not now!! My coffee, which on the menu said it was a cafetière, was poured from a “stay warm” flask and...was very bitter while my partners decaf was so weak there was hardly any taste. Will not be back in a hurry!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 27 August 2022 via mobile

A súper little cafe for anyone vaguely interested in trains, quirky cafe experiences and/or good home cooked food. I can highly recommend the soup, the quiche and the splendid choice of cakes. Staffed by a hard working and friendly team.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2022

My friend and I went along to The Sidings on Friday for afternoon tea.... What a treat it was! For those that don't know, the café is in a couple of railway carriages, so that in itself adds to the overall experience. It's run by...Anya and Darren, and they clearly have a passion and enthusiasm for it. Everything is prepared and cooked freshly in-house, which is getting rarer these days, it seems. Every aspect of our visit couldn't be faulted..... Our, reserved, table was already laid with lovely china plates and teacups, the staff were attentive and friendly, and when our afternoon tea arrived, we were blown away by the presentation, quality and variety of fine pieces put in front of us. There was no way that we could finish it off, despite our best efforts to wash it down with copious amounts of tea and coffee, but Anya and Darren were ready with the doggy bag (cardboard cartons). I can't recommend this highly enough.... Superb.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 August 2022 via mobile

Stopped here after a lovely cycle along the old railway line from Aberlour. Scones were huge, light and delicious. The cakes looked amazing and staff were friendly. Would highly recommend a visit .

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 22 July 2022 via mobile

Lovely restaurant on a train carriage. Staff friendly and efficient. The restaurant was very busy but the service was good and the food was excellent. Even had vegan options.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 30 June 2022 via mobile

What a quaint little cafe. On arrival after being barked at by 'Mary' who obviously didn't want us there, telling us that there was no soup and some garbled talk about the Quiche of the day. Lady behind the counter was very pleasant and friendly....Afternoon tea looked lovely as Mary stomped passed us. Jacket Potatoes were Jacket Potatoes. Coronation Chicken very nice and my son enjoyed it. Sorry won't be coming back. So much could be done which would make it the perfect placeMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 18 June 2022 via mobile

Was here today because I was on the train 🚆 for the 1940s event. What a interesting Morning we all had. The Charity was for Help the Heroes..We had Coffee ☕ and scones which where very tasty 😋. A lovely Cafe in a old railway...carriage. Staff very welcoming and friendly. And a very good selection of food 😋 at very good prices. I would highly recommend the train journey and definitely the Cafe. Maybe best to book a table.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 17 June 2022 via mobile

Had lunch here between two distillery tours. Making the reservation was simple. Friendly people and atmosphere. Was nice enough to eat outside which was a plus. The sausage roll was great. While I liked the salad with great cheddar I felt it was overpriced. The...bakewell tart was excellent.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 1 May 2022 via mobile

I wanted the experience to be 5/5 but it was a bit of a faulty tour’s experience. I would start by saying I recommend and I would use again but I would not do the linked lunch. Why? The carriage idea was great but spread...the people out in their booked groups - could easily be done. There was a lot of loud chatter about organising rather than delivering a relaxing service. The food - soup ( Haggis/ neeps and tattie ) was very hot and tasty. Sandwiches very fresh. Tea and coffee good. Tip spread the customers out, keep the organisation’s chatter to the team and the experience will be fantastic. I would have preferred to have gone in the other cabin and selected my own items.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 29 April 2022

Stopped here while touring distilleries. Cute little restaurant in an old train. We were served with a smile. Food was hot and tasty. Loved the bacon roll. We ate outside on the picnic tables on a lovely day.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 28 March 2022

Driving through Speyside we wanted a light lunch. Found the cafe by chance. A very warm friendly welcome, spotlessly clean, everything homemade and the very best soup we’d had all holiday…. Cauliflower and Cheddar, really scrumptious! Fascinating place, that perfectly complimented the Whisky train platform....It was very clear that other customers were enjoying their food, and pleased to have arrived at such a genuinely quirky place, privately run by people who enjoy what they do. We left with a smile on our faces and feeling we would return on our next visit.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Darren S, Owner at Sidings Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2022

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We're delighted you enjoyed your experience with us, your review definitely sums up everything we hope to achieve. Thank you once again and we hope to see you next time you're in the area. Kindest regards,...More

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Hi .Karen from Sidings Cafe ....yes it does along the platform . We open again on March 1st and look forward to seeing you :)
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