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Places to Eat

This list is by no means exhaustive! If you find somewhere not on the list that you've particularly enjoyed then let us know :-)

Annie's Bakery
& Cafe

A slight detour inland on your way to/from John O'Groats is well worth it for the array of breads and cakes etc Annie produces in her bakery. They are soooo delicious - we know - we've been! Annie has created a sheltered cafe offering soups, sandwiches and more. Cafe operates 4 days a week - currently Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.  

John O'Groats

Mother and daughter team, Teresa and Rebecca, have run award winning Stacks  from a refurbished pottery at John O'Groats since 2016. They are both passionate about nutrition, good quality ingredients, the health of the next generation and offer deliciously fresh, made to order take-away comfort food from their deli/bakery. Open 10-4 Wednesday to Sunday. Dog friendly.

Cafe Groats
John O'Groats

New for 2023! Dog-friendly cafe open daily 9am-6pm. Family owned cafe overlooking the signpost and the Pentland Firth serving fresh local seafood and other local produce. Meals, snacks, breakfast, coffee, cakes, beer, wine - all sit in or take-away.

Castletown Hotel, Castletown

Sandy's skills really come to the fore in the kitchen and he produces delicious home cooked fayre. Specialising in traditional Scottish and British cuisine, the on-site restaurant has garnered an impressive local reputation and is committed to using locally sourced produce wherever possible. They also have a fab take-away menu as highlighted on their  Facebook page.

Chip Shop Castletown

The chip shop, with gluten free options, is open 4pm - 7.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. TripAdvisorReview

Pride of Bengal

A 25 minute drive to Thurso will get you to The Pride of Bengal Indian Takeaway and Restaurant. Although we've yet to visit ourselves, we've had good reports that this is the best Indian locally. Enjoy TripAdvisorReview

YNot Bar&Grill

Also in Thurso is YNOT serving a mix of Scottish fayre and tex-mex diner style food. Open 7 days a week closing at 9pm each night. Breakfast is served from 8am, with food available all day with separate lunch and evening menus, alongside the chef's special board. It has good online reviews and our guests like it too - we've been and agree!  Menus can be found on its website link. Enjoy! TripAdvisorReview


Bydand in Thurso serves evening meals 5:45 - 8:45pm (closed Sunday and Thursday).

A quaint restaurant located in the heart of Thurso which is a family run establishment serving locally sourced meat and fish produce. They offer USB charging points near most tables and superfast fibre wifi throughout. Menus can be found on its website link. Vegan and GF options. We've had very good reports :-)  TripAdvisorReview

Captain's Galley Seafood

Situated within the 18th century historic Scrabster icehouse and salmon bothy, multi-award winning Captain's Galley focuses on serving seasonal, sustainable and creative seafood dishes. Check its website for opening hours/on-line booking....TripAdvisorReview

Alternatively - try Scrabster Seafood Bar and Takeaway

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