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The Winking Owl

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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: Breakfast/Brunch, 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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Good for:
Bar scene
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 133
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 27
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Well worth a visit

Visited with partner and our baby. Made very welcome by the attentive and welcoming staff. Very tasty meal, good size portions. Definitely no hesitation in recommending to others. Hope you enjoy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
GerCon2014
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Retford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
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320 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has improved massively for the better. Friendly staff good wine list and excellent food - I would definitely recommend the mixed grill - but above all extremely good value for money. Will be returning! Oh and the background music was really good too.

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

We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, our food and our wines - thank you very much for taking the time to post this review and for your recommendation. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Retford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Visited with partner and our baby. Made very welcome by the attentive and welcoming staff. Very tasty meal, good size portions. Definitely no hesitation in recommending to others. Hope you enjoy.

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

It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your meal with us - thank you very much for the review and the recommendation! More 

Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Previously this place was poor and in need of a new team, thankfully it now has one and also a full refurb too. The food is excellent and very well priced, the steak and ale pie was the best i had ever tasted, my partner had a burger and enjoyed very much. Local ales are very well kept and a... More 

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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 the review and the rating - we look forward to your next visit! More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I visited here in the past when it was run by an old management team and it was very poor and dated. We visited yesterday after a 6.5 hour drive back home from England to Carrbridge and was very impressed. The steak, stout and mushroom pie was the best I had tasted in a long time. The range of well... 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 full review and we're so pleased that you enjoyed your meal so much - and our ales! We look forward to your next visit. More 

Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We had dinner here on 14th April 2015 with our two daughters. We arrived without a reservation but we're lucky enough to get last available table. Most of the other tables were reserved apart from the two nearest the door which are for drinkers only. The waitress who served us, unfortunately we did not get her name, was fabulous during... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an extensive and enthusiastic review! We're delighted that you enjoyed your meal and drinks with us and we look forward to your next visit. More 

Covington, Louisiana
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We wanted to eat here. There were several open tables but only one did not have a reversed sign so we sat down. No one came over so we checked at the bar to see if we had to order there. We were told that the table we were at was for drinking only. No food. We were shock at... More 

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

We're so sorry that you were disappointed in your visit; our menus are so popular that we now have a policy of saving a couple of tables for guests who come in for drinks only so that there is room for both diners and drinkers. We do recommend that tables are pre-booked - this information is on our Trip Advisor... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Drank and are I this pub over the course of a weeks holiday. Bar staff very helpful and let you try the local cask ales before you choose which one you want. We also had good twice with the homemade burgers absolutely mouth watering. It's always good when the server tells you your burger could take 20 min as its... More 

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

Thank you very much for your lovely review and the 5* rating - we're delighted that you enjoyed your meal and our ales and we look forward to your next visit! More 

paisley
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Think this has changed owners since the last time we visited Aviemore, food was good value and really really nice, we were lucky to get a table as lots of people were turned away, looks like they are turning the nightclub which is downstairs into a restaurant, so look forward to visiting next time we are in Aviemore.

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

Thank you very much for your review and it's good to hear how much you enjoyed your meal. Refurbishments are continuing and we will be opening the restaurant downstairs later in the year and we look forward to your next visit! More 

1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

The place has been recently been remodelled. Been coming here for 15 years. Yes it may have been a little rough around the edges but it was quirky, great atmosphere and decent pub grub, exactly what you want when you come off the hill. The new owners have ripped out the booths, all the 60s-90s ski paraphernalia etc (granted a... More 

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

We have made a lot of changes and are continuing the refurbishment - we're sorry you don't like our approach, but most of our customers do as you can see from the feedback we've had. When you've had a chance to get used to the new-look Winky, we hope you'll visit again! More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A nice selection of beer and other drinks and most of the staff were wonderful. One however who served my wife basically ignored her (even whilst serving her) as she was talking to a group on a stag do, which resulted in her over charging her. If all members of staff were as "attentive" as her then this place would... More 

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

We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your drinks! We will discuss the staff issue at our next staff meeting - definitely not up to the standards we set ourselves, so thank you for letting us know. 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: 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?