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The Winking Owl

Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH , Scotland
01479810646
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Ranked #29 of 49 Restaurants in Aviemore
Cuisines: Scottish, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: We are a family friendly pub with a relaxed atmosphere, tasty pub grub at reasonable prices and friendly, accommodating staff who are always happy to help. We do not claim to be a restaurant; we're just a wee Scottish pub where you can come and have a real ale, a steak pie, maybe some whisky and relax with your friends or family.At night we have regular entertainment for the grown ups. On Monday you can come in and join our poker league. Wednesday night is the jam session where all the local talent comes along and gives you a show that you can choose to be a part of or to watch. On Thursday night we are home to DJ Gordie and his karaoke, always a good laugh! The week is rounded off on Saturday with the 2hoots nightclub and DJ Dave from 10pm-3am. Come along and give us a try!
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English first
Glasgow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

my nephew and myself visited this place for a drink whilst travelling on a coach tour a nice looking place but it is a great pity that the staff are notup to the same standard upon asking the barman for some change to play the fruit machine i was informed he did not have any followed by some other comment... More

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

i used to use this bar quite a bit whilst on regular breaks to aviemore,and the food was top notch. Went in yesterday 20th august 2014 with my wife and 2 kids.... We ordered sirloin steak ,chips ,mushrooms,onions....the kids had chicken dippers,beans and chips.... When the x2 steak dishese were served i was SHOCKED, the portion was minimal to say... More

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Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I went in here for lunch but after ordering coffee I saw how dirty the wild pub was so just drank the coffee and left. Food dropped on the floor under tables had not been picked up. Dog hair on floor.as another reviewer said, the toilets smell awful. There's a for exit at toilet area too which was locked which... More

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Harwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We popped in here for a quick drink while wandering around Aviemore. The place was the dirtiest pub I have ever been in. It really stank as well. I went to go downstairs to the toilet, but turned around half way as could stand the smell. I cant believe there was a couple eating in there.... Must have been for... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Smack heads bar used to be nice but in a deplorable condition now. Don't take your family there, there was a big fat girl who was obviously a local and a regular swearing out loud without even being told off by the barmaid who preferred to spent more time on the pub wifi.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Was attending my brothers wedding in Aviemore on Saturday 9th August so 7 of us decided to go for a few drinks on the Friday night to the Winking Owl. WORST mistake of our lives. I have to be honest and say the older barman (who thought he was Paul Weller I think) was so rude with the comments he... More

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scotland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There were 9 of us and 3 dogs between us, the only restaurant in aviemore which would take us all. Very relaxed atmosphere, food good sized proportions and standard pricing for Aviemore. The children loved the outside play area and we could see them at all times through windows, which allowed the adults to relax and have a drink. Ample... More

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Kirkwall
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I was really looking forward to visiting again after the fantastic time I had after walking the Lairig gru. Instead of a lovely atmosphere, I had sticky tables, a hotchpotch of differnt styles and ripped furniture. The menu was less than inspired, and to be honest felt like a real dump. Had a quick drink and left.

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Larne, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Horrible overpriced frozen food! Ordered spicy bean burger & chips!! Served a frozen shop bought vegetable burger!! There were no spicy nor beans!!!! Also had a hair in my side salad!! Worst meal ever!!! Overpriced stodgy frozen muck! Have reservations about the cleanliness and hygiene standards!! Avoid at all costs!!!!

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Try the salads - one of the best things on the menu! Good selection of real ales and beers available too.

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