Helmsdale Food Guide: 6 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Helmsdale

July 14, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Helmsdale (Scots: Helmsdal, Scottish Gaelic: Bun Ilidh) is a village on the east coast of Sutherland, in the Highland council area of Scotland. The modern village was planned in 1814 to resettle communities that had been removed from the surrounding straths as part of the Highland Clearances.
Things to do in Helmsdale

1. La Mirage

7 Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale KW8 6JA, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1431 821615
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 434 reviews

La Mirage

Reviewed By oman987 - Peterhead

What a lovely place staff are friendly and the food is second too none had a large fish ohh me what a size magic bit too much for me too big oh belly brilliant will be back wife really happy too so that's a bonus as well many thanks

2. Bannockburn Inn

Helmsdale, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff British, Bar, Pub, Scottish Dinner +44 1431 821461
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Bannockburn Inn

Reviewed By wowziewoo - Maryland

Food was deep fried and icky. Burger was super-processed. Didn't finish our meal.
Beer recommendation was good, and staff was very nice and accommodating. Easy to access from road, easy parking. Cheap. Lots of interesting historic books on the shelves. Other patrons were very nice.
We were driving back to Invergordon from Girnigoe around dinner time, and were starving.

3. The Belgrave Arms Bel-Grill Restaurant

Dunrobin Street | The Belgrave Arms Hotel, Helmsdale, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +44 1431 821242
Excellent
48%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

The Belgrave Arms Bel-Grill Restaurant

Reviewed By Neil R - Thurso, United Kingdom

Granted it was a busy night in Helmsdale but the owner / burger flipper was hopelessly out of his depth. He rejected us, a group of 40/50 somethings for swearing (which we didn't) by swearing himself.
The young girl attempting to serve us was clearly a newish start but was infinitly more professional than Gordon Pansy.

4. Thyme and Plaice

10 Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale KW8 6JA, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$102 +44 7826 929200
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 186 reviews

Thyme and Plaice

Robert and Gill welcome you to Thyme and Place, Helmsdale.We serve delicious 'Brodies' coffee, home-cooked meals using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, and tempting desserts and home-baking.We are unlicensed but happy for you to bring-your-own-bottle and have a wide selection of soft drinks available.We are family friendly and if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know and we'll be happy to accommodate.We hold regular theme nights throughout the year, be sure to check our website and facebook page for up to date event information.We have wi-fi coming VERY soon!

Reviewed By DawnPritchard - Nottingham, United Kingdom

Came upon this place by accident when we stopped for lunch whilst doing the NC500. Most impressed as they do soup, Sandwich and hot drink deal for £7.95. It was delicious. Great coffee, home made pumpkin soup and huge Sandwich. Lovely setting with delightful staff. The cakes looked amazing although we resisted the temptation.

5. Timespan - Riverside Cafe

Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale KW8 6JA, Scotland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Lunch +44 1431 821327
Excellent
37%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Timespan - Riverside Cafe

Situated beside the River Helmsdale, the Riverside Cafe offers homebaking and light lunches. There are tables outside where you can sit and watch the local wildlife, or you can sit indoors and look out on the herb garden.

Reviewed By Iain A - Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom

Stopped off at this nice little cafe en route to Orkney ferry for coffee and cake. The service was very good and the coffee and cake did their job. Didn't visit the adjacent museum but spent a few minutes in the geology garden outside looking...MoreMany thanks for the positive review. The Riverside Cafe is a good place to stop when you are travelling to and from the Orkney Ferries.

6. The Garrison

Shore Street, Helmsdale KW8 6JZ, Scotland Cafe HK$1,099 +44 1431 821808
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 7 reviews

The Garrison

Cafe and Craft/Gift shop at the beautiful Helmsdale Harbour. Home prepared sandwiches, snacks and cakes. Wide selection of coffees and teas. Cold drinks and Ice Creams.

Reviewed By janetgonegardening - Cheshire, United Kingdom

Great place with tables inside, outside and in the conservatory for sunny but breezy days - spoilt for choice. The coffee was great with lots of choice. You can have ice-cream, cake or a bigger snack with your drink too. There is an interesting mix of things for sale from crafted items and the bits & bobs to do your own crafting; through gifts and clothing to midge repellent. (although I should say that we were there in midge season and there was no issue) . Speaking to the owners when we were there, we know that they have big plans to make it even better. Wish that we had taken a photo but at the time I didn't realise that there wasn't going to be one on already.

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