We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Winking Owl

$$
Pub, Gastropub, Scottish
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
Website
Today
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Open now
See all hours
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, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 370 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 164
    Excellent
  • 119
    Very good
  • 42
    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
Visited this restaurant after reading the reviews and were not disappointed.

We had not booked and were told by a friendly staff member that a table would be available in half an hour. We decided to stay and have a drink, waiting on a table. 15 minutes later, the same staff member came and told us our table was ready. We ordered various starters. Scallops were beautifully... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Allan P
,
Dundee, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
Add Photo Write a Review

370 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Dundee, United Kingdom
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We had not booked and were told by a friendly staff member that a table would be available in half an hour. We decided to stay and have a drink, waiting on a table. 15 minutes later, the same staff member came and told us our table was ready. We ordered various starters. Scallops were beautifully presented and were delicious.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing your visit and we're delighted that you enjoyed your meals. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Bellshill, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

In summary - the food is back to excellent quality and presentation, and the plans are in place to make the surroundings and lay out better.) For over 30 years we came to Aviemore for family holidays. For the first few years we always went to the Winking Owl at least a couple of times for bar meals, and slap-up... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

What a lovely review! Thank you so much for taking the time to describe your meals so fully - it's wonderful to have this detail of feedback and we really appreciate it. We will discuss your comment about the slate at our next staff meeting, but we are all thrilled that your enjoyed your visit and are looking forward to... More 

Aviemore, United Kingdom
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Friendly staff. Pity about the state of the outside. Weeds growing in plant pots. Cigarette ends lying around. A few hanging baskets would like nice. Not a good appearance for a welcoming guest.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing and drawing these things to our attention - we are rectifying things and you'll notice the difference when you next drop by! More 

Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My husband and I visited here on the 26th June. We didn't have a reservation, but the lovely waitress made room for us...I ordered the pasta which was nice, but my husband had the pork belly, oh my goodness incredible!!!! We then ordered the sticky toffee pudding to share, needless to say we are still kicking ourselves for sharing...that was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely enthusiastic review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your meals so much! This kind of review makes our chef's day - thank you again. More 

4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Warm atmosphere, friendly staff and great food! Nice variety on the menu and no fuss over my dietary requirements (which are a right pain!) They were happy to change bits around to suit me and didn't make it seem like a chore. Which is rare!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit and thank you very much for posting this review! We are always very happy to make adjustments to our menus to suit dietary requirements and it's great to know that we could suit you. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Level Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Stopped in for a pint and dessert after a day of sightseeing. They serve a variety of local craft beer, all delicious (Being from Portland, Oregon I'm slightly snobbish about my craft beer). Service was quick and polite. Seating and atmosphere was comfortable. Variety of local scotch starting at about 3.20£. Free wifi was a bonus and it didn't hurt... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're delighted that you enjoyed our craft ales so much - and the puds! Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review - we look forward to your next visit! More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A lovely little pub. Great food with a very good menu choice. Great local beer on tap. Good for food or for drinks. Booking advisable on weekends but had no problem getting a table during the week.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

It's great to know how much you enjoyed our ales and food - thank you very much for taking the time to review your visit. More 

Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I am vegan so I was a bit apprehensive about visiting a new place wondering where I would eat. I needn't have worried. We turned up at the Winky on a busy Saturday evening and they managed to squeeze us into a table after a short wait. I said I was vegan and the staff member went immediately to the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're all delighted that you enjoyed your meal with us and thank you very much for taking the time to post this lovely review. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We visited this pub whilst holidaying in Aviemore last year and thought it had character and the staff were welcoming. We visited again last week on hearing it had been taken over by the local brewery and refurbished - it now has character and style! As well as fine ales we enjoyed the best pub food I have tasted in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review - we're delighted that you enjoyed our food and look forward to your next visit! More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We came here on our last night in Aviemore for a few drinks & a meal, the service was excellent & the food was lovely, it was a great end to our holiday & I can't wait to come back

Was this review helpful? Yes
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

What a lovely review - thank you very much for posting it and we look forward to your next visit! More 

Travelers who viewed The Winking Owl also viewed

Aviemore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms
Aviemore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms
 
Aviemore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms
Aviemore, Aviemore and the Cairngorms
 

Been to The Winking Owl? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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: Pub, Gastropub, Scottish

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Winking Owl staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?