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Aviemore PH22 1RB, Scotland
44 (0)1479 861261
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Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Lunch

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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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How many eating places do you get to visit at this height and with such spectacular views- you have to compare like for like and no, its not a restaurant its a canteen style cafe at the top of a mountain - don't expect romantic dining or cordon bleu food ! Given the monopoly and the uniqueness I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2014
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Wigan
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306 reviews 306 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

How many eating places do you get to visit at this height and with such spectacular views- you have to compare like for like and no, its not a restaurant its a canteen style cafe at the top of a mountain - don't expect romantic dining or cordon bleu food ! Given the monopoly and the uniqueness I was expecting... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

For a start I'm not sure what some reviewers are expecting. It's a restaurant built to princaply cater for skiers and snowboarders 1,000m up a mountain. Things are going to be a little more expensive and every ski centre I've been to has the same cafe/canteen style service so you can eat quickly and get back out on the slopes.... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We ate in this restaurant both days that we skied on Cairngorm Mountain. The food is good and locally sourced which we liked. There was good variety, from soup and hot meals to delicious cakes. It was ideal to refuel us during a day's skiing.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Really, what do you expect at the top of a mountain. Great for warming up, really helpful staff,clean and excellent facilities for warming baby food too.

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Loughton, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

By no means a restaurant and the name is very misleading by using the word 'Dining' It is a without a doubt a canteen, the food is okay and you pay a high prices, £2 for a 500ml bottle of coke. However the lentil soup was surprisingly tasty. The building is very 1970's prefab, with a strange layout. The Christmas... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The food here was poorer than expected. I ordered the burger, thinking that since it was locally sourced the quality would be good. The meat tasted like bread and the bun was dry. On the flip side, after a walk up the mountain, which was my experience, or a day skiing on the slopes, the fast canteen-style food does the... More 

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41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

My family & I ate at the ptarmigan on a busy Sunday. It's very a canteen and not a restaurant like I had expected. We had macaroni cheese & chips & loved it. Food was hot & fresh.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I'd never been up to the Ptarmigan Restaurant before so thought that it would be an interesting place to have a spot of lunch with my wife and to get some quick snaps of the view afterwards. The feeling I had of the place was that it was austere and functional with a 70's café atmosphere. The staff, although polite,... More 

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Scotland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I took a young Spanish couple up the finicular to the Ptarmigan Restaurant and was embarrassed by the service we found. Although, I asked before buying our tickets at 3.10pm if the restaurant was open ( yes being the reply) we arrived at the top to unhelpful staff and to discover that they stop serving food at 3pm with the... More 

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Brechin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Lovely trip up to Cairngorm mountain but badly let down by the awful restaurant at the top. Poor quality service and dire food. The staff seemed more interested in talking amongst themselves.

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  • Address: Aviemore PH22 1RB, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Aviemore and the Cairngorms  >  Aviemore
  • Phone Number: 44 (0)1479 861261

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