Birsay Bay Tearoom situated near the Brough of Birsay at the North-Westernmost tip of Mainland Orkney provides a warm and most welcoming stopoff point on any tour of this wonderful island.
Away from the two main towns on the Island, Kirkwall and Stromness, cafes and tearooms are hard to find, and for the weary traveller any would be a welcome find. Given such a captive audience, it would be easy for such an establishment to take advantage of the situation and offer basic provision at exorbitant price. This can certainly NOT be said of the Birsay Bay Tearoom.
Upon entering, the immediate impression is one of spaciousness, comfort, cleanliness, and superb attention to detail. The cafe is light, airy, and modern, with large picture windows offering outstanding views of the foreshore, sea, and the coast extending from the Brough of Birsay 2km to the North, to the impressive cliffs of Marwick Head 5km South. Whatever the weather, there will be plenty to watch while you await your order.
And while you wait, you can make use of the wildlife and shoreline guide books and the binoculars provided, even choosing to relax in the comfy leather sofas in one corner.
Not that you will wait for long - the service is First Class too, and the food no exception. From soup of the day, sandwiches, toasties, and baked potatoes with an assortment of delightful fillings, to salads, and then scrumptious home made cakes and pastries, everything is locally sourced and freshly made. For the side salad, you can make your own selections from a number of options available, most if not all freshly picked from their own glasshouses right next to the cafe! And all at a sensible price.
An extensive selection of teas, coffees, and soft drinks are also available, as is locally produced ice-cream. Local produce can also be purchased to take away.
As for the other facilities, the toilets are spotless, and an excellent information board in the lobby area gives up to date information on what's going on in the area, including tide timetables for those wishing to venture over the causeway to the Brough.
All in all, a truly First Class experience.
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