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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely coffee and beautiful pastries. Highly recommended! Service was great and also friendly. We will be back.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was fine, I had a burger and my partner had a chicken and feta sandwich. The staff were fine, the owner/manager was horrible. He was more interested in speaking with his friends, than actually serving his customers. When he dropped our food off,...he walked away while I was mid question, I was looking looking straight at him and he just ignored me. For a high price of £30 for lunch I expect at least some common courtesy. If it wasn't for the other staff, this would have been a 1 star review. I won't be back again!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 17 July 2023

Lovely wee cafe. Couldn’t fault it. Bagels were exceptional, with great fillings. Our group of 3 all had different varieties, and they were all great. Fab coffee and very tasty cakes. Great place to visit after a Sunday walk. We’ll be back 🥰

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 31 May 2023 via mobile

Ideal lunch stop, whilst passing through Banchory. Great Coffee with some tasty toastie’s/sandwiches on their home made sourdough bread. Finished off with their DDB. Friendly owners and look forward to being back next time passing through.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 30 May 2023 via mobile

Oh dear yet another cafe that can’t be bothered to fry bacon and put the rashers in a roll after 11.30am. We entered at 12.20.pm and were told breakfast was over at 11.30. Alas that meant no bacon roll for lunch yet cooking was going...on in the back of the cafe. What is it about these outdated and lazy cafes that can’t produce three rashers of bacon in a roll? It’s business for goodness sake - this snack for lunch is one of the most popular in Scotland. Get a grip and take on the challenge. There are cafes that will do even an “All Day Breakfast.” Guess what. All Day! All we asked for was a bacon roll and pot of tea for two. No that’s breakfast!! For goodness sake. Will not be back.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

This little cafe is so worth a visit. Fantastic home-baked bread and wonderful attention to detail. We were 4 very hungry people who left delighted by the fresh, tasty, well cooked food.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 6 January 2023 via mobile

So sorry to write a bad review as the concept of the cafe looked great and had a decaf coffee which was not great but ok. But the whole place was juts really dirty, it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned, which doesn’t make you...want to eat anything out of there! It all looks like it needs some serious tlc, the surfaces weren’t great looking lots of marks and sticky/tackiness. The floor in cafe was really dirty! But looking through to the kitchen area certainly what you can see from standing at counter with Lino missing and scraggy, really dirty floor and rubbish in corner……made me want to leave and cancel my order. Where the coffee was being made was again really dirty, dirty dishes everywhere, a sink full of dirty water and dirty dishes, again making you not want to drink out of the cups as they didn’t look like they were going to get a good clean! The whole place was a total shambles. I then went to the toilet and as soon as you opened the door to go into the small area before the toilet you were hit with a pungent smell, I then entered the toilet to find the most horrific smell and diarrhoea in the toilet pan, surely there are toilet checks or they could of smelt it from where they make the coffee with is basically a door apart! By this time I thought I don’t want to eat or drink anything out of here! Anyway I didn’t want to be rude so I asked for some hand sanitizer to sanitise my hands after entering the diarrhoea toilet area and I was handed the most dirty bottle of hand sanitizer , I was more likely to pick something up from holding the bottle! Honestly the whole experience was crazy and but this time I was no longer hungry! My food then came to the table and to be fair it looked like a nice toasted sandwich, but there was a black hair dangling out of it, which was the last straw for me. There was no way k could eat anything from here or ever want a coffee again. Then instead of perhaps being given the coffee for free I was charged for my coffee by the very efficient but very young helper (seemed around age 10-11), no real apology. Juts a total shambles! I never write reviews but I had to write this one as you guys have a good concept and look like you make delicious bread and cakes etc, but you need to get the other things sorted as that’s the worst cafe experience I have ever had, I always seek out great coffee/ cafes wherever I go. You guys should look to the example of tarmagain cafe up at crathies, near Braemar, as an example of great coffee, amazing food, clean fresh setting, always always clean, as a local example to strive towards. With some more thought and time I’m sure you can raise your game to get the kitttke things right, as is you don’t get them right then your fighting a loosing battle! I wish you all the best for your business going forward amd I hope this review helps you strive to make things better, All the bestMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 17 November 2022

Absolutely great place, welcoming and friendly, with excellent coffee and delicious food! This is definitely worth going to Banchory, just for the Birdhouse Cafe. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 2 November 2022 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic service, coffee & food. Whether it’s just for a coffee, breakfast, lunch or snack we have always thoroughly enjoyed our time at the cafe. If your hungry: go for the Birdhouse Bagel..it’s epic!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 20 August 2022 via mobile

Stopped here for a bite and a drink whist visiting Balchory. What a wonderful example of a cafe and great business! Staff are quick and efficient, food is so tasty and filling, and the coffee is superb. A must visit in Balchory.

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

Excellent little Coffee shop with self roasted coffee. Our hosts were very welcoming and we really enjoyed our stay. The plant based sandwich was very yummy and the best part: dogs are welcome.

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

Very nice quiche and salad for lunch with a nice pot of freshly brewed tea would recommend this place to any one visiting banchory

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 23 July 2022 via mobile

Simply great coffee. Went in past today for a quick coffee and was really impressed, plenty coffee types to choose from and the staff were extremely polite. Food looked good on passing also, will be back today for an other sit down.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 July 2022

Excellent service and food, would highly recommend for coffee, toasties and homemade cakes. Will be back

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 July 2022 via mobile

Stopped for a quick lunch while driving through town. Delicious coffee and grilled sandwiches! Large portions, good gluten free options and reasonably priced! Highly recommend! Owner was super friendly and helpful and gave us some great recommendations regarding places to stop on route to Pitlochry.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Birdhouse Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5