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Café Continental in the old days

A brief history of Cafe Continental

Café Continental originates from the 1800’s when the Toma family immigrated from Italy to Scotland. The Café started trading in Port Glasgow then Greenock before opening in 1899 at it’s current location in Gourock.

Originally called the Star Hotel, then the Continental Ice Bar, then Continental Café it finally changed its name to the current Café Continental in the 1980’s.

Kempock Street – 1930s

Café’s homemade ginger beers

The Café has undergone many changes over the years. During the Second World War it was requisitioned by the Government to house Dutch Navy personnel and wounded British soldiers. The owner at that time, however, having spent time in Italy prior to the war, was interned  on the Isle of Man for the duration of it.

In 1985 the Café was significantly redesigned to become a full bar / restaurant and a final name change to Café Continental.

Gourock lies about 25 miles West of Glasgow along the M8. There is an abundance of parking behind the Café.

At the Café we are child and dog friendly (dogs at bar area only). For restaurant bookings we strongly advise you telephone in advance on 01475 638 693.


Café Continental
40 Kempock Street
PA19 1ND


Monday - Thursday    10.00 to 23.00

Friday - Saturday    10.00 till late

Sunday    10.00 to 23.00