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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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11:00 am - 1:00 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, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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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    Very good
  • 48
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  • 26
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cracking Cairngorm beer and extraordinary crimson urinals !!

If Scots really "did" pubs, this.............place would be right up there ! Experience seems to suggests pubs do not exist in the customary English manner, Scots seemingly preferring to drink in hotel bars etc. The Winking Owl is a tad unusual being more of a ski chalet construction, but being... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
Lieutenant_Feraud
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

The staff are great, the location is good, and the food quite palatable, but the layout is weird. A strange upstairs tight squeeze with too many tables (the big long one in the corner is especially unpleasant). It should be better andI'm sure a lot of people enjoy the hustle and bustle of it all, but I didn't. Also I... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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351 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 360 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

If Scots really "did" pubs, this.............place would be right up there ! Experience seems to suggests pubs do not exist in the customary English manner, Scots seemingly preferring to drink in hotel bars etc. The Winking Owl is a tad unusual being more of a ski chalet construction, but being in Aviemore I guess that's not really a surprise. Warm... More 

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Switzerland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Service was nice and attentive. They have quite a good variety of local beers and ciders. The food is fresh, portion sizes and value are o.k. We tried the sticky toffee pudding as desert and it was a huge portion (we shared one) and we had bothe enough. It was really good.

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30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A much improved bar and restaurant since being taken over by the Cairngorm Brewery. Good, filling food ideal before or after a day in the outdoors together with the full range of their beers.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is obviously a popular restaurant with visitors and locals alike. The menu was good and the staff were attentive. Food was cooked to order.

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Laguna Hills, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Food was delicious, unique menu, friendly servers, excellent service. Be sure to make reservations. You will find many locals eating here.

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review and for the 5 stars - it's great to know how much you enjoyed your meal! More 

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We had tea at this lovely place would highly recommend :>) Burgers were ace, great service and good location and lovely staff :>)

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

Thank you very much for posting your review and we're so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit! More 

Elgin, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Quick and friendly service. Food : amazing! Burgers were massive and the chunky chips were the best chunky chips I've tasted! Couldn't finish it! Would totally recommend and would visit again. Great Value for money too!! Came here on a random drive and asked trip advisor where's best to go - it lead us here! 😀😀

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

Thank you for your lovely review and we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal so much. Thanks also for the 5 star rating and we hope to see you next time you're down this way! More 

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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

very busy place, food seems to be prepared with proper attention, just the portion was a bit to small for us (also given the price). Lots of different beers available

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

Thank you for reviewing your visit and it's good to know you appreciate the care we put in to the preparation of our meals. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the portion sizes, but we appreciate all feedback and discuss it at our meetings - thank you! More 

Chorley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Lovely atmosphere , great food , scallops are amazing. We booked a table in advance , just as well , the restuarant was packed by 7.30pm.

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

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic review and for the 5 star rating - it's great to hear how much you enjoyed our food! 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 - 38
  • Cuisine: British, 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?