The “Tammy Norie” Tea Room* and Merchant’s Room Gallery
With windows looking across the harbour on one side and our fourteenth century courtyard on the other, our tearoom is a pleasant spot, open to all in need of light refreshments. You don’t need to pay for museum admission to use the tearoom but we hope that you will visit our fascinating exhibitions having been fortified with homemade soup and sandwiches and treated yourself to a warming tea or coffee and a homemade cake or scone.
Please note that the Tearoom closes one hour before the Museum closing time.
Our tearoom seats around 50, spilling over into our bright, wood-panelled Merchant’s Room gallery – an eighteenth century merchant’s dwelling – which hosts twelve community art exhibitions a year.
Part of the tearoom is accessible to disabled visitors and families with push chairs. We also have high chairs if required.
The tearoom is very much part of the welcoming, informal and lively atmosphere to be found at the museum - browse a book from our Used Books basket, take your sandwich and coffee outside if it’s a nice day, let the kids have a play at our Activity Corner, get a window seat and sample local products like our freshly baked Barnett’s rolls and oatcakes as you watch the world go by.
All profits from the tearoom go directly to support the work of the museum.
A group of Tammy Nories
Many people ask us why our café is called the “Tammy Norie Tearoom”. A Tammy Norie is the Shetland name for a puffin. Though you won’t see many puffins flying around Anstruther, you may see some if you visit the Isle of May – in the summer months there’s a ferry that goes over there almost daily from just across the road from the museum. You will also see a Tammynorie in the museum – a 16 foot boat built in Orkney in 1992, it is one of our 19 full-sized vessels on display in the galleries or in the harbour.