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A75 | Ringford, Castle Douglas, Scotland (Formerly Tjhe Schoolhouse)
01557-82-02-50
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London
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113 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Service, food, atmosphere and value for money. This roadside restaurant is NOT about fast food for the weary traveller but is a destination in itself - as well as refreshing the weary A75 driver. The sweets and cakes deserve very special mention

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Thank RARoberts1958
David L, Owner at The Schoolhouse, responded to this review

Thank you! On a very busy holiday Sunday it is hugely encouraging for all our team to be appreciated. More 

Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Return visit while in the area The service as usual was first class with friendly and reliable staff.The food as always was excellent quality and great value for money. The ham,eggs and chips are excellent. The high tea menu covers most tastes and although there has been a price increase the quality still means it is value for money.

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David L, Owner at The Schoolhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have held the price of our inclusive two course high tea for the last three years.Problem was it had us trappedd into what wr could offer! NOW it includes Scampi, prawns, chicken and a better wider range of desserts. More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1,629 reviews
1,229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 839 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overlooking the busy A75 trunk road this cosy stop of is a nice departure from the maddening bustle and significant pricing issues of our national motorway service areas. Enter the very friendly slightly eccentric Bill Nigh doppelganger restaurant manager! Inside, yes, it’s an attractively renewed old schoolhouse, homemade cakes abundant what more could you ask for???? Pay attention to the... More 

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Castle Douglas
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I try and visit whenever I can and I love the Old Schoolhouse! The welcome is always warm and the food delicious-wether you want a slim line salad or a delicious homemade slice of cake. Everything always looks so appetising and clearly homemade! The restaurant itself is spacious and plenty of room for big parties or nice if I go... More 

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David L, Owner at The Schoolhouse, responded to this review

Thank you, we enjoy what we do for a living and hope it shows.You can never get it right all the time - always responsive to any problems. More 

Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very noisy with wooden flooring, can't hear yourself talking, the A75 is very busy and takes a while to get out on to the main road. Food is kept in a counter which is not separated from starters, meats and sweets, won't be going back.

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Thank selwynfell
David L, Owner at The Schoolhouse, responded to this review

Our new modern display counter is fully accepted by our EHO. The beautiful gleaming Maple floor is original and much admired. The A75 is some 60/70 feet away through stone walls and modern double glazing. First complaint of being noisy in over 10 years...but. More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We rang up with only half an hour to their closing time, as we'd been looking around Castle Douglas for food places at 5:30pm and found only takeaways. Thankfully they offered to provide us with food if we arrived before 6pm. We did have 6 mile dash but thankfully it was easy to find, as it was on the main... More 

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Clackmannanshire, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

First visit of the year. The service as usual was first class with friendly and reliable staff.The food as always was excellent quality and great value for money. The ham,eggs and chips are excellent. The high tea menu covers most tastes and 2 courses for less than a tenner is great value.

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Thank William R
David L, Owner at The Schoolhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your continued custom. We enjoy what we do as do our staff. More 

Stranraer
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

I visited to have an early Mothers day treat with my my Mum and two year old daughter, I had phoned ahead to book for High Tea and we arrived for what should have been a nice ending to a lovely day trip out, unfortunately this was not the case. Myself and my Mum both ordered salads and puddings from... More 

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David L, Owner at The Schoolhouse, responded to this review

Dreadful! We all have a bad day from time to time but this is not acceptable. We promise to imrove our attitude to guest needs. More 

Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Preceded by a 3 hour drive this eatery was an oasis in a desert of places to eat so pulled in. A converted school house it seems to specialise in delicious home made fare. The soup was delicious and the mains well presented and prepared. We regularly visit the area and we will be returning on our next visit.

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Thank RAW1000
Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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275 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We were passing at around lunch time and as we'd noticed it before we decided to give it a try and we're really pleased that we did. We both had soup and bread as a side, I had a large bowl of Ham and lentil and my wife had Parsnip, both were delicious. As we were planning an afternoon of... More 

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Thank Peter M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Cafe, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: A75 | Ringford, Castle Douglas, Scotland (Formerly Tjhe Schoolhouse)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dumfries and Galloway  >  Castle Douglas
  • Phone Number: 01557-82-02-50

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?