You’ll find fantastic cafés and tearooms across Argyll, and many of them are child-friendly. These family-friendly cafés offer everything from kid-friendly food, to open-plan spaces, to beach-front locations. If you want to drink great coffee, eat fabulous home-made cakes and keep toddlers or children happy at the same time, these cafés are for you! Here are five places enjoy coffee and cake in Argyll with little ones in tow.
Glengorm Coffee Shop
Set in a lovely courtyard in the grounds of Glengorm Castle on the island of Mull, the Glengorm Coffee Shop is a top spot for a family lunch. The menu changes daily but includes tasty specials, sandwiches, soups and salads and delicious cakes and pastries. The café itself is light-filled and spacious, while the courtyard is ideal for sunny days. The estate itself offers brilliant walking and you can join guided nature walks. Another good family-friendly café on Mull is Calgary Farmhouse. From here there’s a magical walk along a woodland sculpture trail to reach Calgary Bay.
Botanica at The Barn
You’ll need to head deep into Argyll’s Secret Coast to discover this gem of a café at Millhouse. Botanica at The Barn a laid-back place that’s brilliant for kids. There’s a big garden with a play area, pygmy goats and chickens clucking around. The owner Michal has built an outdoor kitchen, which he fires up on a sunny day for BBQs. He’s passionate about locally sourced food and the menu is packed with local ingredients. There’s a lovely kids’ menu, and the home-made pizzas go down a storm with younger diners too. Michael has his own unique blend of coffee from Argyll Coffee Roasters, which is located just five minutes down the road. Enjoy a cup of ‘Botanica Blend’, tuck into some home-made cake and let the kids run wild in the garden. Portavadie is a five minute drive away, where you’ll find a fantastic leisure experience complete with indoor and outdoor pools. Or for a family walk, Ostel Bay is nearby.
Bridge Café Oban
This kid-friendly café in Oban has it all – delicious coffee, cakes galore and a huge soft play area upstairs. If you want somewhere to relax and enjoy a coffee while your toddler is entertained, the Bridge Cafe is for you! The café even roasts its own ‘Bridge Blend’ on its in-house coffee roaster. There’s loads for kids to see and do in Oban. Walk up to McCaig’s Tower, visit Dunollie Castle or check out the Ocean Explorers’ Centre. Another café that kids (of all ages!) will love in Oban is the Oban Chocolate Company Café. You can enjoy an excellent coffee, roasted locally by Home Ground, and treat the kids to one of the best hot chocolates they’re ever likely to taste.
Ettrick Bay Tearoom
Ettrick Bay is one of Bute’s finest beaches. It’s a lovely long stretch of golden sand and a relatively safe haven for able swimmers, with stunning views overlooking the neighbouring island of Arran. At the start of the beach you’ll find the Ettrick Bay Tearoom, a brilliant spot for coffee, cake and other treats that kids will love. After lunch, buy an ice cream and take a stroll along the beach.
Glenbarr Stores & Café
It’s a glorious drive down Kintyre’s west coast to visit Glenbarr Stores, Café and Nursery near Campbeltown. What a brilliant spot to take the kids! There’s plenty of space in the lovely café, while the outside area provides ample outdoor seating and space to play in the summer. The café has its own blend of coffee, ‘Zofie’s Coffee’ by Argyll Coffee Roasters and there’s always a mouthwatering selection of homemade cakes. The menu is full of local produce, including savoury tart made with Mull of Kintyre cheddar and beef burgers made with the owner’s local Highland beef. If you get there before 11.30am, try the pancake stack drizzled with maple syrup. In the summer, you can book to go walking with Alpacas. Just a few minutes’ drive down the coast is Westport Beach, a fantastic stretch of sand that’s perfect for a family walk. You can also get surf lessons here. Another favourite on Kintyre is Muneroy Tearoom at Southend, where you can try some of the legendary home baking.
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