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The Balmoral Bar

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1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
+44 13397 55462
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Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 12
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice bar - good food and friendly service

Popped in ( 6 of us ) for lunch whilst touring around Ballater/Banchory. Good choice of drinks and food menu was great value inc daily specials. Staff friendly and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
lovemyholidays600
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Winter Park, Florida
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Nice and comfortable local bar but the service was not very friendly. We asked a coupled of questions and it was like we were bothering the bartender.

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Thank Bucgirl58
Stony Stratford
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

What a friendly place! Decent pint, chatty folk behind the bar, Our annual visit to Ballater wouldn't be the same without a visit here - game of pool, few tunes on the juke box and some helpful tourist advice thrown in - Thanks, see you next year!

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Thank Stratters60
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Popped in ( 6 of us ) for lunch whilst touring around Ballater/Banchory. Good choice of drinks and food menu was great value inc daily specials. Staff friendly and helpful.

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Thank lovemyholidays600
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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254 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We wandered in to see the menu but ended up having a pint and being assisted by the lovely lady behind the bar. We were trying to secure a fishing trip and she was very helpful.

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Thank nancy a
Newtonmore, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Very friendly bar, warm and comfortable. Good food, great local burger, and jolly staff. Would recommend.

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Thank Nigel N
Ballater
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Great manageress heading up a great team of staff - best pint & service in the village by a long way...keep up the good work guys!

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Thank Brian M
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Visited here whilst staying in Ballater and enjoyed it. Nice inside and friendly staff made a very pleasant evening, would definitely return. You can tell this is the place to be and has a good buzz about it!

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Thank Nikola27
Ohio
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293 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The Balmoral is centrally located in the quaint high country village of Ballater. The atmosphere says "pub" however, I found the beer selection to be thin and the menu quite basic. We stopped in for lunch and our service and food were just average. We've had far better pub experiences.

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Thank Karl F
Winnipeg, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

This quickly became a favourite place for a late afternoon snack and drink. The locals in the bar were friendly, knowledgable. Pub food was good, too.

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Thank Havealife2
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Good pub, great location, great service, great selection of beers etc, very clean...but by feck the heat. Can we just turn the heating down.

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Thank paul c

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 13397 55462

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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