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The Winking Owl

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Pub, Gastropub, Scottish
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123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
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Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Opening times: Monday to Wednesday: 11am until 12 midnight Thursday to...
Opening times: Monday to Wednesday: 11am until 12 midnight Thursday to Saturday: 11am until 1am Sunday: 12.30Pm until 12.00 Midnight Food Served: Monday to Saturday: 12 midday until 9.30Pm Sundays: 12.30Pm - 9.30Pm If you'd like to have a meal, please phone to book a table to avoid disappointment as we are very busy at peak times of the day.
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  • 139
    Excellent
  • 108
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 26
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, anything but average pub food!

After the mixed reviews wasn't sure what to expect for our 1st visit but definitely worth a visit. We were a party of 3 adults and had not booked. On arrival, just about 715 pm the restaurant and bar were both busy. We were told it would be 30 mins for a table and decided to wait. In fact it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
KS2110
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
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Alresford
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Years ago this restaurant was more bar orientated. However it has changed for the better on this visit which was my first for maybe 10 years. It now does very good food at reasonable prices, good menu without trying to be too exhaustive and the staff are first class and there is a very nice friendly feel to the place.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Popped in for a bite to eat just before 7pm on Friday only to be told that we would probably have to wait an hour for a table for two. That wasn't a problem so we had a drink while we were waiting. 45 minutes later we were shown to a table. Well....We weren't disappointed. Plenty of choice for all... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

After the mixed reviews wasn't sure what to expect for our 1st visit but definitely worth a visit. We were a party of 3 adults and had not booked. On arrival, just about 715 pm the restaurant and bar were both busy. We were told it would be 30 mins for a table and decided to wait. In fact it... More 

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a detailed review of your visit - we really appreciate it! More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Very popular pub so really need to book, food was average pub meal but drinks were good value ,several real ales. Service was good with helpful staff.

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and for taking the time to post it - it's great to know how much you enjoyed our ales. If you have any specific feedback about our food - which has been getting rave reviews from other customers - we'd love to hear it as we always strive to improve everything we do! More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Terrific buzzy atmosphere -staff in fancy-dress in aid of l,ocal radio station's charity fund. Quality of food excellent and the level of service superb, not to mention the local brewery's fine ales.

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for coming along to our fundraiser and for posting this terrific review! We're delighted you enjoyed it all so much. More 

Fort William, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We visited The Winking Owl some years ago and were hugely underwhelmed. However we heard that the Cairngorm Brewery had taken over and spent some money on the bar / restaurant. Well worth the revisit to check out the resulting improvements. The interior is light and bright and the food is definitely in the superior category of pub grub. Best... More 

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing your visit - we really appreciate you taking the time and it's good to know you enjoyed our food, ales and service! More 

Kingussie, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Really disappointed in the food here. Had heard good things about it but it was just not up to scratch... The staff are great, really attentive and the place has a great atmosphere but the food let the whole experience down... Will not be returning.

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're so sorry to hear that our menus are not to your liking, but thank you very much for your feedback - it's great to know how highly you rate our staff and the atmosphere here. More 

Forres, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Visited as we had heard there had been a change in management to the local Cairngorm Brewery. Lovely bright informal environment. Waiting staff attentive on arrival. There did seem to be some confusion and lack of order taking guests in and allocating tables. It was busy (7pm) and we waited some time for a drinks order (1×barman on and 2x... More 

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you for posting such a full review - it's really useful for us to have detailed feedback like this, which informs our staff meetings and we'll be discussing the points you make. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your meal and, yes, do come and try our puds sometime! More 

Langbank, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

On arrival on a Friday without a booking, we were greeted promptly and were shown a table which a great view towards the Cairngorms just as the sun was setting. All of the staff were great and both my wife and I enjoyed our meals which were very reasonably priced. We had a great bottle of wine all in all... More 

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for this lovely review and we're delighted that you enjoyed your meal and wine - we look forward to your next visit! More 

Perth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This place when I visited last year wasn't that good. Its now been taken over by the local Cairngorm Brewery and has vastly improved.Nicely finished inside ,and as one would expect a great selection of real ales,Food is at the top end of the Pub Grub in Aviemore. Pleasant staff and a nice atmosphere for families.

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're so pleased that you enjoyed your recent visit and that you like the changes we've made! Thank you very much for posting this review - we really appreciate it. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Aviemore and the Cairngorms  >  Aviemore
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 812368

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 39
  • Cuisine: Pub, Gastropub, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view

Description

Opening times: Monday to Wednesday: 11am until 12 midnight Thursday to Saturday: 11am until 1am Sunday: 12.30Pm until 12.00 Midnight Food Served: Monday to Saturday: 12 midday until 9.30Pm Sundays: 12.30Pm - 9.30Pm If you'd like to have a meal, please phone to book a table to avoid disappointment as we are very busy at peak times of the day.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?