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Welcome to The Real Food Cafe, Tyndrum

Serving award winning food since 2005

We are proud to provide carefully and locally sourced, homemade snack meals at reasonable prices, all served in a relaxed atmosphere.

Everyone works with great pride and determination to give you, our customers, a splendid taste of our unique Scottish Hospitality. In doing this, we have created an iconic café serving local and homemade food with a sustained vigour while working hard hand in hand with the local community.

This determination has won us numerous awards including Best Independent Fish & Chip Outlet at the National Fish & Chip Awards in 2013 and 2014 and being judged in the Top 12 Best Independent Fish & Chip Restaurants in the UK in 2015.

More recently, in 2016 we were highly recommended by Scotland the Best guidebook.

We also take our home baking seriously, a fact that has been recognised by The Guild of Fine Foods and the Great Taste of Britain Awards.

Over the years we have won many awards the most recent of which are 1 star for our own homemade Tartare Sauce in 2016 and 2 stars for our Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cake in 2015.

Our commitment to Gluten-Free catering has earned us the status as an officially Accredited Caterer by Coeliac UK one of only a handful in Scotland.

We constantly strive to improve our business and over recent years we have upgraded our toilets, added on a large seating section with wood burning stove and invested in a new state of the art Kriemko frying range with 5 separate pans to get the best result we can get for our customers.

Our team invite you to ‘’Get on board and be part of it!’’


       Tartare Sauce

       Tartare Sauce

         Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cake

         Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cake



We take our sourcing seriously and work closely with our suppliers, which enables us to make the best food we possibly can for you to enjoy.

We hand make over 90% of our menu items and we don’t use any mixes for our soups, cakes or scones, we only use proper raw ingredients and well trained staff.

We buy our meat from Letterfindlay Butchers near Fort William. They make all our beef and venison burgers and sausages using Scottish reared meats and wild venison. Our black pudding comes from Charles MacLeod of Stornaway, our haggis and vegetarian haggis comes from Macsween and our eggs come from free range hens at Balvicar Farm near Oban. We source our beer from Innis & Gunn in Edinburgh, the Thistly Cross Cider comes from Dunbar, our ice cream comes from Mackie’s of Scotland and our smoked salmon from Uig Lodge, Lewis. Our coffee, breakfast tea and hot chocolate comes from Matthew Algie in Glasgow, established back in 1864. It was Matthew Algie who pioneered the triple certification for Espresso beans – Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic which is exactly what our beans are.

Our potatoes (all three tonnes per week) come from Glasgow fruit and vegetable market and some from Albert Bartlett of Airdrie. Our Haddock and Cod comes from MSC certified and managed stocks in Area 28 in the North East Arctic. It is processed and frozen at sea within 6 hours of being caught and we feel this gives you the freshest most consistent quality of first class clean, white fish we can offer you.


We fry our food in rapeseed oil which is a high in monounsaturated fat and Omega 3 and low in saturated fat. It has a high burning point (230 degrees) which means it does not break down easily to release harmful free radicals.

Our plates and many other disposables are made from Bagasse. Bagasse is a bi product of sugar cane fibre which is left after the juice has been extracted. This is then formed into plates and other disposables which are 100% compostable and biodegradable within 30-60 days. Many people ask us why we do not use crockery plates and the answer is that we simply do not yet have the facilities to deal with the vast numbers we would need in terms of storage or washing up, so we use the Bagasse option as the next best thing.

On the subject of the environment, we buy our cleaning products from an environmentally friendly range which have been developed to be kinder to the planet and come in a concentrated format which reduces carriage and packaging. 

If you haven’t tried Irn Bru (Scotland’s other iconic beverage!) you really should while you are here, but if that’s not your thing, we have a range of delicious cold handcrafted drinks such as Breckland Orchard Posh Pop in a variety of unusual flavours including ginger beer with a hint of chilli which is exceptionally good with fish and chips or for something different try Big Tom savoury tomato juice.

Hungry now?

We hope so!



The Real Food Café is committed to providing safe gluten-free food and has processes and training in place to ensure the requirements of Coeliac UK’s Gluten-free Standard are met. All employees are provided with the information, training and tools necessary to prepare gluten-free dishes. Employees comply with all company food safety policies and procedures and Management assume the role of supervision of our employees for compliance and conformance with these policies.


Introducing the new mccruffin! filled with a choice of NUTELLA, salted caramel or strawberry & custard

Our new 'McCruffin' is a Scottish muffin/croissant hybrid filled with a variety of fillings such as Nutella, Strawberry sauce and custard and Salted Caramel....They are dangerously good! Check out the photos below to get your taste buds going!


A very special day in our calendar....The annual visit by the ladies and gentlemen of Breast Way Round Scotland. This year their visit took place at the end of May and the weather did us all proud.

2016 was the 9th Breastway Round Scotland tour and once again the group of fun motor bikers stopped at the cafe to visit us. We love the women and men that make up Breastway Round Scotland, their visit is one of our highlights of the year and a joy to see. There is a serious undercurrent to the tour which is to raise as much money as possible for MacMillan Cancer. Breastway Round Scotland have raised in excess of £300,000 since they were founded, a phenomenal achievement which we are delighted to support.

We help by raising funds and this year we pledged a £1000 donation made up by collections from our customers and a donation from the café.

Next year will be the 10th anniversary tour and we will be posting news and information about this as it becomes available, so watch this space!

Click HERE to visit their website for full details of this event


We received a great write up, what a relief!  Well done to all our hardworking team. Tam Cowan seems to be a fish & chip expert from what he says and he loved our Fish n Chips! We're delighted and really proud of this review. Do have a wee read if you haven't already seen it. Lovely pics of Cameron and Sophie too!

The electric vehicle charger has arrived

Attention all Electric Vehicle users and would be EV users!

We have had a Rapid Charging Point installed in our car park. The photo shows the company car being charged up. It takes 20 minutes to reach 75% full which is just enough time for a cuppa and quick fish n chips! So you and your car will be re-fuelled and ready to go in no time at all!



How to find us

Call Us: 01838 400 235

Email Us:

The Real Food Cafe
Tyndrum, Perthshire
Scotland FK20 8RY

Opening Hours


From Monday 30 October 2017 to the end of February 2018

Open 7 days a week from 07.30 to 20.00


Christmas and New Year Opening Times

We will be closing for Christmas at 3pm on Saturday 23 December 

We will be closed all day on 24, 25 and 26 December 

We will re open at 07.30 to 20.00 on 27 December

We will close at 19.00 on 31 December (New Years Eve)

We will open at 12.00 noon on New Years Day

We will be closed for a day of equipment maintenance on Thursday 14th December 2017




The Real Food Cafe is situated on the main A82 and the West Highland Way at Tyndrum approximately half way between Glasgow and Fort William which makes it an ideal stopping off point to eat, drink and rest a little.