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US$6 - US$25
Seafood, European, British, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 4 October 2019

On advice of the B&B we went here. Nice location, warmer on the inside than the pictures suggest. Good food, all fresh prepared and suggestion at the reservation to bring your own spirits, because they are not licensed. And even so, they don't charge you...for the water they serve! Excellent!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 25 September 2019

Two couples from Australia ventured into the deep north of Scotland and were happily surprised to find the Whales Tail in Scourie. This small, almost edgy restaurant presents the classics its own way, and how good this is! You’ll have to start driving now!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 14 September 2019

Located at the side of a large property on a hillside next to the harbour, appeared to be newly decorated, and had a fireplace with cosy chair next to it. Fairly guiet on the night we went, but this meant we could talk to our...neighbouring diners and their dog. Very tasty and interesting food, big on variety and flavour, smaller on size - which suited us. Service was prompt and very good. Bring your own wine - making this a good value meal. We had a great evening meal and would recommend (the staff had their own dog too, beautiful, who sat quietly all night)More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 25 August 2019 via mobile

I could ditto all the other comments on here recommending this place and why! Started off as only customers in there but didn’t feel awkward. Felt like a new place with the sparsity in furniture but didn’t make a difference to the service or food!...Venison and Brie and cranberry bagel was wonderful, as was the side salad. Also haven’t had a properly made coffee like that in a good while!Prices reasonable too. Great place if you’re passing through like we were doing on the NC500.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 23 August 2019 via mobile

Staying in Scourie used to mean a spendy dinner at the Eddrachilles Hotel (which we will do once, as usual, on the last night of our hols) or chips in the Scourie Hotel. Now, however, there's the Whale Tale, which is just lovely. The menu...is short, and it's BYOB. The short menu means that the kitchen can execute the dishes really well, making use of seasonal produce and treating it really sympathetically. A lemon sole ceviche was really beautifully done. The acid had been in contact with the sole for the right length of time so the texture was bang on; no cotton wool there! Mains were great. Poached salmon on a Puy lentil salad with (very!) garlic cottage cheese and roast carrot was perfect. Sea bream with a scallop mousse, salmon tartare and celeriac mash was delicious. Puds: it would have been a dereliction of duty not to try the choc mousse (perfect light texture, rich, excellent quality chocolate) and exemplary, sharp and refreshing lemon ice cream with a beet mousse and shortbread crumb. Service was friendly and helpful, and it's clear that these guys just love what they're doing. The place is dog friendly, which you might bear in mind if you'd rather not trip over a giant labradoodle on your way to your table. I don't mind that in the least ;-) The Whale Tale doubles as a sandwiches, coffee and cakes place at lunch time; perfect after a potter round Scourie Bay ;-)More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 9 August 2019 via mobile

Reading previous reviews (pauldwit aug 2019) I could copy and paste. Wonderful experience. Casual and minimalist environment is perfect for a setting allowing the food experience to speak for itself. No need to say more; go and enjoy.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 7 August 2019

My wife and I chanced upon the Whale Tale by complete chance whilst staying at the Scourie campsite (which is excellent). We’ve traveled a lot and eaten at many fine restaurants with famous chefs and impressive reputations. Without doubt the food at the Whale Tale...is quite simply sensational. If you’ve eaten at the Witchery in Edinburgh or the Three Chimneys in Skye then expect a similar taste sensation here. For starters We had a superb Cullen Skink with the right balance of smokiness of the fish and creaminess and delicacy of the soup needed, with the other other starter a lemon soul ceviche which was as fresh as it was zesty. Mains were perfectly delicate sea bream and a punchy, melt in the mouth venison main. The couple who run this hidden gem hail from the Czech Republic have created a relaxed, inviting atmosphere and deserve all the success and accolades that will doubtless come. At the moment they don’t have a license which means it’s BYOB, however that’s no big deal as the food is the star here. Whether you’re doing the Nc500 or are in the area, you simply have to go here. We’re planning our return alreadyMore

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 6 August 2019 via mobile

An excellent cafe, the bagels were excellent. Nice people, nice setting. Parking was a bit odd. We parked at the bottom of the hill on the grass but perhaps that was the wrong place.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 16 July 2019

This restaurant is nicely furnished and has a good atmosphere. The chef is obviously good at getting flavour right and that could not be faulted. The problem comes with serving hot food on a slate and serving hot and cold food on the same plate....I also think that the main course had been waiting around for the waiting staff to serve. He had been busy serving coffees and bill paying. The result was that our main course was barely hot. We should have sent it back at that stage. I had the venison and it was served with a wonderful variety of mushrooms in a tasty balsamic sauce. Unfortunately they were served on top of a cold lettuce leaf, which looked good, but very soon the mushrooms were cold too. To sum up, the food looked very attractive, but I would have preferred it served on a hot plate so that I could have enjoyed eating it at leisure. To their credit, we were given a discount when we pointed out the problem.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 8 July 2019 via mobile

Very nice lunch in a lovely place! Great food, reasonably priced and extra delicious cake! You should visit.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Response from SueRob7 | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry I don't know if the cafe is open in December. Best ring them.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5