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The Winking Owl

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British, 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Reservations
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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  • 189
    Excellent
  • 128
    Very good
  • 43
    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 and environment!

The winking owls food was really tasty and had a wide range of options but I think the menu could do being a bit more descriptive. As I had the pulled pork nachos and about 30% of the dish was made up of jalapeños but this was not stated on the menu, other than that great meal and worth eating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
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English first
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 NEW

The winking owls food was really tasty and had a wide range of options but I think the menu could do being a bit more descriptive. As I had the pulled pork nachos and about 30% of the dish was made up of jalapeños but this was not stated on the menu, other than that great meal and worth eating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We went for a quick family lunch . We ordered main courses of burgers, tagliatelle and pork belly. The meals arrived and were fabulous . They are a little bit dearer than you normal pub grub but presented like a restaurant and so tasty. For five mains and three glasses of wine and two beers with two soft drinks we... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Don't be fooled by the low key exterior. Lovely wood interior, comfortable tables, super friendly staff. And most surprisingly, an ambitious menu that works. Haggis pakora, scallops and Cullen skink all great and inexpensive.

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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Food was good - but we weren't sure what was coming as we received differing menu advice from two waiting staff - perhaps they should stick to one attendant to each table! Likewise the table staff & bar staff had different advice about the beer selection! But it all came good in the end!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Wonderful pitstop for much needed food. Cracking staff, great adult and child menu. Deserve full praise

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

Super review! Thank you very much and we're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit - we really appreciate your feedback. Hope to see you again before too long! More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I honestly can't praise this restaurant highly enough. We went in with our 8 year old daughter and all of us had a delicious meal. As a coeliac who sometimes finds it embarrassing to ask for gluten free options I can sincerely say that this is the best meal out I have had since being diagnosed. Plus the atmosphere was... More 

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

What a wonderful review and thank you so much for taking the time to post it! We do our best to ensure that we cater for all dietary requirements and are delighted to hear that you were happy with the meals we offer. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Paris, France
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

A large choice of good ales form the local brewery. The food is also very good and fresh. Maybe it was unusual but the staff was a bit cold (and I'm not asking for overbearing and over-friendly staff). You should book in advance, it seems to be quite busy.

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

We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our local ales and food! Thank you for the very useful feedback; we'll be discussing it at our next staff meeting to ensure that all our guests have the experience we wish for them. More 

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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Just back from a 3 day break and visited this place a few times. Drink are a good price and was offered to try the local caledonia breweries drinks. Staff all very nice & recognised us when we return. If you plan on visiting and want food please book as it gets very busy. Will try the food the next... More 

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

We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our selection of craft ales and look forward to your next visit. Thank you for the review and recommendation! More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Best meal in Aviemore! Best haggis pakora ever. Burger sensational! All food freshly cooked! Freshest of fish in the most wonderful beer batter! And some of the best chips likely to pass your lips.

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

What a fantastic accolade - thank you so much! It's lovely to know how much you enjoyed our food and we look forward to your next visit! More 

Canberra, Australia
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

One of the best meals I have had in quite some time . All three courses were very good . My husband has a problem with garlic and they could not have been more helpful . They have a boutique brewery and the atmosphere is friendly ,comfortable and just a little trendy .

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

Thank you for your lovely review and for taking the time to post it - we're delighted you enjoyed your visit so much! More 

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Additional Information about The Winking Owl

Address: 123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1479 812368
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Aviemore and the Cairngorms  >  Aviemore
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
Average Prices: USD 9 - 39
Cuisine: British, Pub, Gastropub, Scottish

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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: British, Pub, Gastropub, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?