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The Willows Restaurant - CLOSED

Mill Road | Dumfries, Dumfries DG11 2BE, Scotland
+44 1387 216688
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good12%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“tapas” (2 reviews)
“fillet steak” (2 reviews)
“sea bass” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
British, Vegetarian Friendly
Mill Road | Dumfries, Dumfries DG11 2BE, Scotland
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1. What a beautiful restaurant
"The food was outstanding and we were amazed by everything on the plate"
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2. Food was delicious
"Food was beautifully presented and everything was delicious"
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3. It’s really worth a visit
"The place, the food and the service was most impressive"
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Reviews (40)
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Restaurant called on day of booking (through open table) and cancelled our booking - twice on different days. Maybe are they closing down? Not reliable place for celebrating our anniversary

Thank glojlo
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

When a couple of "foodie" friends visited from Glasgow we risked booking a table at this restaurant although we had not been there ourselves. So glad we did. The place, the food and the service was most impressive. Despite seeming so young the staff were...More

4  Thank SusanDumfries
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Hi Susan What a lovely review to read today. We have tried so hard to deliver a top service since we opened, and I am pleased to say that we are slowly starting to get the word out, and recommendations by word of mouth are...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely meal, staff couldn't do enough. Would like to return and linger a bit longer next time. The food was very 'Instagrammable' but held up on taste too! The chef managed to get some clever and quite subtle flavour combinations in seemingly simple dishes. Fans...More

Thank Wayfarer834
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Thank you so much for your kind review, it is very much appreciated. We would love to see you back to dine with us again. Regards Stephen & Team

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Taking mother out for sunday lunch in-areas of the Townhead we opted for the willows service was very friendly staff excellent we opted for a mix of dishes mother opting for 2 tapas starters and one dessert i stuck with main menu starter main and...More

Thank john r g
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Hi John Lovely to read your review this morning. Glad that you enjoyed everything, and we hope you will call with us again soon. Regards Stephen & Team

Reviewed 13 September 2018

Took our friends to this restaurant to celebrate their golden wedding so pleased we did the food was excellent The staff really great & ambience Thanks again for the bottle of proseco Will definitely be backMore

Thank turnfine
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Hi guys Lovely to read your very kind review, and thank you for taking the time to leave it for us. We always do try our very best to make sure that everyone is happy, and we are thrilled to read that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Fantastic mix of comptempery look set in a old mill. As for the food what a fantastic night all three of us had 3 courses and could not flat anything everything cooked to perfection. Could not recommend this place enough. If any staff read this...More

1  Thank Ross M
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Hi Ross Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We have put so much hard work into making sure that what we do is above the best, and we are all glad that you enjoyed your experience with us. Please do...More

Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

Fantastic Service Perfect Food Awsome Setting After trying The Townhead Hotel in Lockerbie which is owned by same people this was our first visit. You won’t be disappointed at either of these venues.More

1  Thank Vacation530029
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Hi So lovey to read your review today, and we are all so pleased that you enjoyed your meal with us at the Willows Restaurant. We have worked so hard to build up the reputation at the Townhead Hotel in Lockerbie, so it is just...More

Reviewed 20 August 2018

My husband and I with our friends visited this restaurant for the first time on Saturday night and were very impressed. It has a limited evening menu and the descriptions of some of the dishes were a bit odd. What is beetroot leather? Doesn't sound...More

3  Thank Irene C
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Hi Irene Thank you for your review, and also thank you for visiting us on Saturday evening for the first time. Our menu descriptions are written in a way so as our customers can read exactly what will arrive on a dish, and not get...More

Reviewed 8 August 2018

Arrived with my son for lunch, the atmosphere was very relaxed and the restaurant was spotlessly clean. My son and I eat frequently in Glasgow and love tapas, we were not disappointed at The Willows, the selection, portion size and flavour of the food could...More

2  Thank taste100
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Dear guest Thank you for your very kind words which you have left in your review. It is so lovely to know that we are doing the right thing, and that our team are looking after our guests in a professional and well mannered way....More

Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

So happy we chose to book The Willows for our end of holiday meal - really impressed! Starters, mains, dessert & Friday night complimentary limoncello or port were all fab!! Menu was lovely & food tasted so good, will definitely be back. Well done all...More

2  Thank Juliemcconnachie
Stephen M, Owner at The Willows Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Hi Julie Thank you for your very kind review, and my apologies for not replying sooner. We are also pleased that you chose to dine with us to end your holiday. We have tried as I have said in many other reviews, to create a...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$5 - US$37
Good for
Hot New Restaurants, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 15:00
16:45 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
16:45 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
16:45 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mill Road | Dumfries, Dumfries DG11 2BE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dumfries and Galloway  >  Dumfries
  • Phone Number: +44 1387 216688
  • E-mail
The Willows Restaurant sits on the banks of the River Nith, over looking "The Caul". During the day relax in our fully licensed restaurant and enjoy cakes, tray bakes, lite lunches, tapas, afternoon teas with tea/coffee, Prosecco, or with a "Gin Twist"! If you are looking for a relaxing evening, somewhere quiet and romantic, a place to dine with family or friends, then our evening setting is the place to be. With our menu which caters for all dietary requirements, vegan & gluten free, using only the best of fresh, locally sourced and produced ingredients, fine wines and full table service, views of the river, and maybe a chance to enjoy a few cocktails, you are assured of a relaxing time, and all made possible by our top chefs, and fully trained and uniformed staff. Booking your table is advisable, and can be done from the "Reserve a Table" button, where you can pick your own time for evening dining. For lunches etc you are welcome to pop in, or book a table by giving us a call.
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