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The Bothy

Certificate of Excellence
British, Scottish
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43 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QD, Scotland
+44 1339 755191
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Something for lunch!

Stopped in for lunch! Really nice and friendly! Would go back anytime! The staff were really good and food was hearty and filling.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
sue b
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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  • Families with children
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English first
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stopped in for lunch! Really nice and friendly! Would go back anytime! The staff were really good and food was hearty and filling.

Thank sue b
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I love this cafe! My only complaint is it's always busy so if I don't get a table here it's worth the drive to the quieter bothy in breamar, great food and friendly staff!!! Always recommend it here

Thank lesley a
Level Contributor
56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Sunday 18th October (afternoon) My daughter was looking forward to taking me to this coffee shop as she had visited previously and enjoyed it. We found a window table and checked out the menu. The coffee shop was popular but not overly busy and I noted alot of young staff in the kitchen and on the shop floor. I... More 

Thank RhonaGlasgow
Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear about your experience at the Bothy in Ballater. I have spoken to the staff concerned and they were as shocked as you were to find you had a small piece of glass on your plate. They assure me you were offered an apology and a refund and are as disappointed as I am to... More 

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107 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to pop in for a coffee and cake, and were not disappointed, the prices were reasonable, but, the quality was fantastic. Hubby and I had a pumpkin spice cake, one would have been enough between the two of us, he had a coffee, I had a hot chocolate, and our little boy had a bakewell slice. All of... More 

Thank BecksMcg
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103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is always full, which is a very good sign. It is also totally accurate. Very friendly service, very reasonable price, very good food. Nice atmosphere. Couldn't have been better with the kids of five and three. Loved it.

Thank nemesisofpop
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Had lunch here one day and coffee and cake on another day. Seemed to be always very busy and food was good as was the very friendly service.

1 Thank CowboyAl
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

It is one of the tea/coffee houses in the main street of Ballater. Parking is a bit of a toss up, but there should be a place not too far from the restaurant. Furnishings are simple and so is the menu. It gets quite crowded and is well known locally. We tried a few of the lunch places, and the... More 

1 Thank philippe v
Ballater, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Me, my Dad and Stepmum walked in at about 12:30 and it was packed! The Front of House staff were very good at getting people's orders through to the back and serving people cakes and teas very quickly. We left my Stepmum to claim a table which still had plates on it from the previous customer but the staff were... More 

1 Thank SerCumference
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Bright and airy interior ...good pics on the walls. Friendly helpful staff. Scones looked fantastic but the soup won out. Delicious home made soup while sitting in the window seat watching Ballater go by.

1 Thank Anne B
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Breakfast stop off ,best scrambled eggs I have ever had anywhere .Staff pleasant and cheery despite being very busy due to the rain .

1 Thank Marion J

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 43 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 1339 755191

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?