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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” (70 reviews)
“soup” (39 reviews)
“cheese scone” (20 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Palace | Palace, Birsay KW17 2LX, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 339 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Home grown home made food. Best book if you want lunch. Excellent view of the sea. Gifts available to buy.

Thank Catherine S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Orkney for a family visit and my brother in law took us here. Really good soya latte, a good choice if cakes and scones - the biggest surprise was the gluten free & dairy free cakes my choice of brownie was delicious....More

Thank nikki s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I explored Birsay on a very windy day. After spending about 3 hours in the wind, The Birsay Tearoom offered a place of refuge, but I wasn't the only one. They were very busy but, after checking with the occupants, let me share a table....More

Thank MikeX4356
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here a few times. The views are breathtaking ! Friendly staff, in a lovely tearoom. I had home made soup and sandwiches, hubs had ploughmans. Delicious, honest food. The cakes looked amazing, but we were both full. Great coffee too. We'll be...More

Thank Caroline A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a lovely cuppa tea and coffee with some sweets while waiting for the tide to go down in order to walk across to the island. The staff member shared some great tips for our travels and had such positive energy that it made...More

Thank Mara S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tea room has a good write up but we found it to be very slow, even at times when there weren't many folk in. Lavender Cake was sugary sweet, but little other flavour. Coffee was OK. Home made humous was stodgy and unappetising. Not...More

Thank Food_Lover186317
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely little café with great views. It was very busy, but luckily the outdoor seating was available (and the rain stayed away!) Cake was brilliant and the staff were really nice.

Thank rachel b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled across this little treasure quite by accident. We'd spent a great couple of hours on the Brough and the beach and was.in need of something warming and tasty. All the home baking and cooking provided by the ladies in the tea room was...More

Thank BryceW359
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a tea room at what feels like the end of the universe and yet at the time of our visit it was heaving with people. Food is local and freshly prepared so we had to wait a little but that was no hardship...More

Thank Maria B
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped here today for drinks and cake. We were very impressed, both with the service and the quality of our food and drinks. Lovely view; friendly staff; very clean. We will definitely be back. Keep up the good work!

Thank kayleighT49
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Questions & Answers
Gill T
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
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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View
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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