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Review: Mackays of Eyemouth


Berwickshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Harbourside Restaurant

  • By SilverTraveller PamWNorth

    154 reviews

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  • Feb 2013
  • Eyemouth Scotland
  • Casual
  • British

24 people found this review helpful

Overlooking the harbour and beach in the small but picturesque fishing port of Eyemouth is Mackays Restaurant.

Mackays Restaurant is known for serving the freshest fish, so fresh customers can sit at their table and watch fishing boats come and go from the Harbour.

After a bracing but enjoyable walk along the harbour on a cold, bright January day, Mackays Restaurant seemed a good place to stop for a meal. It was our first visit to this restaurant which had many recommendations.

There is a nearby car park where we left the car. Access to the restaurant is either by walking through their fish and chip takeway on the high street or directly via a seperate side entrance near the harbour The side entrance has a ramp providing good access for wheelchair users or those with mobility problems .

The restaurant is entirely on the ground floor, it is spacious with plenty of space between tables which is useful for people using wheelchairs or childrens buggys.Toilets are on the ground floor and there is a well equipped disabled toilet.

On arrival at the restauraunt we saw a vacant table beside one of the large picture windows with views of the harbour. We sat down. A waitress shouted at us "You cant sit there, the table is reserved". (There was no reservation markers on the table) We got up to move wondering where we could sit. It would have been nice if we had been shown to alternative seating or at least told where to sit. We did not want to sit at another table only to be told it was reserved!. We waited, but staff just continued working. Eventually I asked where we could sit. At that point an unsmiling waitress pointed at a table!.

We sat at the table, on the table was a menu for a set Burns Night Supper meal. Burns night had been a few days before. Soon a waitress arrived, removed the Burns Night Supper menu and quite firmly placed down the current menu. Without smiling or saying a word she walked away and placed a Reservation notice on the table we had first sat at.

As well as the standard menu there was an interesting, varied, blackboard menu.

We heard other customers saying how delicious the Fresh Crab Salad was, whilst others comented on the wonderful crab sandwiches, however we wanted a hot meal so I chose Fresh Eyemouth Haddock, my husband a Calzone Pizza.

We thought the prices were a little high for what were basic meals but we knew the restaurant was known for its good food.

The meal did take a while to arrive, but I dont mind this, to me this means it is freshly cooked.

My husband said his Calzone was the best hed ever tasted. I was dissapointed with my meal, the fish was spoilt by the amount of fat draining from it on to the plate, it has been very deep fried. Overall I would class my meal as mediocre.

On leaving the restaurant over an hour later, we noted the window seat still unoccupied as it had been during out visit,

The best part of this restaurant is the views. The worst part on the day I visited was the Service.

Eyemouth is on the Berwickshire coast,Scotland, just a short drive from the English Border, its accessible by turning off the A1 where directed. Edinburgh is about 1 hours drive North from Eyemouth.

Eyemouth offers coastal walks, history,local shops, B&B and guest houses.

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