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The Bothy

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43 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QD, Scotland
+44 1339 755191
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Doorstopping sandwiches!

We dropped in here after a bike ride and we're impressed at how friendly the staff were first and foremost! They asked where we'd been and where we were staying etc which was really nice. The drinks were good and the broth soup was excellent. The sandwiches that were coming out of the kitchen... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
Tom M
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We dropped in here after a bike ride and we're impressed at how friendly the staff were first and foremost! They asked where we'd been and where we were staying etc which was really nice. The drinks were good and the broth soup was excellent. The sandwiches that were coming out of the kitchen looked immense and very tasty! Keep... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We go to Ballater every year and always make a point to pop into the Bothy several times during the week with our family. The staff are always friendly and welcoming and there is a wide variety of delicious food to choose from. Our favourite are the cakes (particularly the chocolate one) and scones, which are yummy!! Highly recommend you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The Bothy offered gluten free options on its blackboard menu inside, there was no notice of this from the outside but I needn't have worried. I had some lovely soup - chicken, leek and rice. I was offered and accepted some gluten free oatcakes. My husband had soup/ toastie combi.. Same soup as me with bacon,Brie and cranberry on his... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Having read other reviews we went in for lunch Counter service, reasonable menu and lovely coffee. Good size with plenty of seats and armchairs but does seem to get busy. Would go back (and did)!

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London, UK
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The Bothy is a simple cafe, serving good, simple food, very suitable for an informal lunch. Menu items include toasted sandwiches and paninis, baked potatoes and soup - usually two options, as well as various cakes and pastries, delicious scones and good coffee and other drinks, including a particularly yummy hot chocolate. Yesterday we had butternut squash and orange soup... More 

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for being so positive about what we provide. I'm very sorry to hear about your experiences regarding the service and can only apologise. With the Bothy being so busy much of the time, there will be the odd mistake however it sounds as if you are experiencing or witnessing... More 

Surrey
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Good coffee, very friendly and good gluten free option for cakes which changes daily., all very good

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for such a nice review. We do try to provide for everyone and glad you enjoyed our choice. Welcome back! More 

Scotland
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109 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were looking for a place to have an afternoon cup of tea and this place looked very appealing.The home baking on display was inviting and the scones were very popular and reasonably priced.

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're glad you found The Bothy and hope you enjoyed your trip to Ballater. More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We come here everytime we are up in Ballater. The waitresses are very friendly. The food and drinks are freshly prepared which is nice.

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. As you said, everything is freshly made or baked on the premises. Look forward to your next visit! More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Popped in for a sausage sandwich before a day of bike riding. Top quality sausages and very fresh bap, just what we needed. Very efficient and friendly staff, reasonably priced, clean tables and pleasent atmosphere. And we couldn't resist trying two of the cakes, takeaway was no problem and we thoroughly enjoyed them mid afternoon.

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review. Glad you enjoyed your visit and your takeaway cakes too! More 

Aboyne
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a great cafe which does the usual hot and cold selection: soups, paninis, toasties, baked potatoes, salads, sandwiches, loads cakes and scones etc. It has a great atmosphere which attracts both ordinary tourists and the muddy booted walkers too. The wood burning stove is a treat in cold weather, if you can get a seat on the sofas... More 

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review - glad we are providing what you need. We do welcome anyone - locals, tourists, outdoor enthusiasts..... Look forward to your next visit! More 

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

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  • 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

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