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The Winking Owl

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123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
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Today
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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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 Under new ownership and recently refurbished
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Good for:
Bar scene
Scenic view

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 109
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Fantastic food

Been to the Winking owl a few times over 2 years ago but when i returned to aviemore this February but was surprised at the change its lighter and more of restaurant now. I can't speak any higher of the quailty of service and food, of the 6 of us that went we all eat something different and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Jonathon G
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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275 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Been to the Winking owl a few times over 2 years ago but when i returned to aviemore this February but was surprised at the change its lighter and more of restaurant now. I can't speak any higher of the quailty of service and food, of the 6 of us that went we all eat something different and the we... More 

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a strange wee place! It has been around for ages but still a bit odd. Walk up to the attic via the external stair to a confused sprawling dining and bar area and you will be rewarded with a really interesting menu and a reasonable selection of drinks. The Cullen skink was a bit too much potato but otherwise... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Lively and warm evening with very tasty menu at reasonable price. Really enjoyed our night out . Bar staff too busy to serve meals too and drink orders were missed

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Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Visited 3 times the week we were there. Great food and excellent, friendly service. Best value in aviemore at the moment.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

I didn't feel like a valued customer. I felt as if I was supposed to have someone to accompany me. I was given a table which only had stools to sit on which was not at all comfortable. I had a butternut squash and lentil cottage pie which was ok but not very tasty. Too much effort had gone into... More 

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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

this place has gone from a (rather cosy) dive bar into something much more elegant and welcoming for wider audiences. the atmosphere is warm, the beer is cold, the food is fantastic (im looking forward to tasting the new March menu!) i fully recommend you try it!! :)

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This place is apparently under new management and they seem to be doing a very good job. Looks as though it has been refurbished with a smart bar area and lots of well-spaced tables for diners as well. Friendly, helpful and efficient staff, good selection of wine and craft beers and a reasonable menu. Food was very good and a... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Stuck at a table by the door while other tables lay empty or were given to locals. Beer was really nice. Mistakes made by waiters/waitress

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Had a lovely lunch and drinks on our recent visit. Food was excellent and service first class. A really relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely go back and would recommend to all.

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Just had to take the time to say a few words about our visit to the Winking Owl. We had a lovely lunch. food was excellent, and service was first class. Would definitely go back and highly recommend to others.

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to write about your visit - we really appreciate it and are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your meal. Thank you for the rating and the recommendation! 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: Scottish, Gastropub

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 Under new ownership and recently refurbished
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?