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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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Today
12:30 pm - 12:00 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, 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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  • 134
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  • 40
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  • 19
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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
Return after 5 years - much improved.

We looked at Winking Owl reviews and was hopefull that meals and service would be much improved since a dreadful visit some 5 years ago and we were not disappointed. Amy took our order for a table for four and delighted that our dogs could come with us - the only place in the Aviemore area that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2013
MondeoMan5a
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

We looked at Winking Owl reviews and was hopefull that meals and service would be much improved since a dreadful visit some 5 years ago and we were not disappointed. Amy took our order for a table for four and delighted that our dogs could come with us - the only place in the Aviemore area that allows this, something... More 

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

Hello, Thank you for leaving such a lovely review! I hope that we are even better the next time you come to see us. I apologise for not checking on you, this is something that I normally make sure is done, in fact I can be a bit over the top about how important I think it is to check... More 

Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

It's always hard going into a town on your own, not knowing what the dining options are, and eventually just having to walk in somewhere. Of 3 or 4 places that were open this time of year on the main road in Aviemore, I popped into this one for some reason (the place I had been recommended was closed for... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Only stopped for drinks but staff were friendly and it has a lovely comfortable feel. Loved the reclining armchairs in the window.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

popped in for a bowl of soup with my old man on way home from spey Valley…good soup and friendly staff

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Having read previous Tripadvisor reviews and quite liked the slightly quirky look of the place we went in for a beer and a bite of lunch. The kitchen was closed (weekday 1pm!) but it was quite atmospheric with comfortable couches by the picture window and a great view to the mountains. BUT the tables and floor were filthy!

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TheWinkingOwl, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Hello, We did close the kitchen for refurbishment for 4 weekdays in November so that must have been when you popped in (unfortunately). November is a quiet month in Aviemore so it seemed like the ideal time to get it done. Sorry for the inconvenience. We are open the rest of the year 12noon-9pm for food. I absolutely agree that... More 

Dunfermline, Scotland
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Ordered smoked salmon sandwich took 45 min to be told no salmon ordered mozzarella sandwich came no butter on bread and a little salad very poor obviously we had been forgotten in total waited for an hour for fish and chips and sandwich.went especially as have stopped in the past and food was excellent.

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TheWinkingOwl, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Hello, I am really sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. Please contact me at amy@thewinkingowl.net and I will try to make sure that this never happens again. I would like to offer you some compensation to try and make up for your experience as I understand that you have had good experiences here in the past. I'd hate for... More 

Brechin, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Friendly staff and the food we ordered was fantastic, massive portions size and was worth the wait for as we came in at a busy time. Chilli is lovely and I heard a lady sitting across from us saying it was the best baked potatoe she has ever had!!

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TheWinkingOwl, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving us a review. We are glad you enjoyed your time here. Amy More 

Nantwich, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Every time my friend and I go to our timeshare in Aviemore, we make the Winking Owl our first stop. Love the surroundings, the staff are always friendly and helpful, and the food delicious and well priced. Recommend the home made steak pie and the fish and chips. HUGE portions which makes it even better value for money. There is... More 

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TheWinkingOwl, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for leaving us such a nice review. Amy More 

Cumbernauld, Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We usually get up to Aviemore 4 or 5 times a year. The Winking Owl has always been our choice to have a drink at night. However since being taken over last year, the food has been the thing that draws us. Its not a huge menu but it is all very well cooked and presented and the staff are... More 

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TheWinkingOwl, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you the next time you come to Aviemore. Amy More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We have been going to the Winking Owl when on holiday in Aviemore for about 7 or 8 years, and we've always enjoyed a quiet drink. This is the first time we ate here, and we were not disappointed. I think the pub is under relatively new management (it's 2.5 years since we were last in Aviemore), and they seem... More 

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TheWinkingOwl, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. It really was lovely! Amy 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?