Serves meat, veg options available. Situated in Scotland's first national park, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this restaurant is at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Strives to serve food at a high standard with a focus on buying local, being environmentally sustainable and offering vegetarian options. Family-run with friendly, caring and charitable staff. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Eco-friendly, Non-veg
A82 (Mansefeld)
Tyndrum, Scotland FK20 8RY
Now Open

Mon-Fri 10:00am-10:00pm, Sat 9:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-10:00pm

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by TRaeCH
  • vegetarian

Refreshing Outlook with Veg options

Posted on 09 / 15 / 2010

Traveling with 4 omnivores in the Scottish Highlands can make it difficult for a vegetarian to eat well. I found myself in this position recently.

Stopping at The Real Food Cafe I assumed it would be another night of baked potato or a simple order of chips (fries). Miraculously, The Real Food Cafe has a specific vegetarian section to their menu - featuring lentil and vegetable pasties, falafel, a veggie and chickpea curry over chips, and veggie rostis in a bun - plus a number of salads.

Beyond that, the restaurant is literally decorated in literature about their environmentally friendly aims and the steps they have taken to improve their sustainability in that regard. I was smiling as I ate my vegetable and chickpea curry.

The staff is remarkably friendly and the space very welcoming - great for families with their long, high tables and stools overlooking the open kitchen. They also have a nice desert selection.

While Scotland may be a rough place for a vegetarian, The Real Food Cafe, at least, makes an effort to keep them in mind which I appreciate a great deal.

Pros: Great Staff, Conscious of Environment, Several Veg Options
Cons: Not 100% veg


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Last updated: 2012/03/19


Added: 2010/09/12


Added by: TRaeCH