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The Bothy

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43 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QD, Scotland
013397 55191
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Dining options: Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast

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  • 11
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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
Super coffee and toasties

We go back to this delightful place again and again when on holiday up here. Excellent coffee, lovely service and tasty sandwiches and homemade cakes of which there's a great selection. It's got all the little decor details too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
gjc561
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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179 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We go back to this delightful place again and again when on holiday up here. Excellent coffee, lovely service and tasty sandwiches and homemade cakes of which there's a great selection. It's got all the little decor details too.

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This very busy café serves delicious soups and sandwiches, great tea and coffee, and wonderful scones. Worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.

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Ballater, Scotland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Bothy can be very busy and not the quietest place but lots of happy customers from what we could see - family friendly, free wifi and very cheery service. We were in a bit of a rush and our lunch arrived very quickly.

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England
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13 reviews 13 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Stayed in Ballater last week and had a few visits to this lovely little cafe. Food well presented and really tasty.

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post such a positive review. We're glad you enjoyed The Bothy and hope to see you back! More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Good selection of sandwiches and fantastic scones. Friendly staff and a nice small town. Wifi avilable.

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Good to hear you enjoyed the scones so much - hope you will be back! More 

Telford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Arrived, there were dirty tables but these were soon cleared. The sandwichs were on a thick tasteless bread and prepacked beef slices and horseradish sauce with no horseradish!! Lots of staff 'hanging around' the front counter. Tea was good, can highly recommend the cake!

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tea and cake but surprised you were so disappointed with your sandwiches. Our beef is silverside and in order to ensure freshness comes in sealed packets. We use a creamed real horseradish sauce and high quality bread for which we receive many compliments and good reviews. Our staff... More 

Ballater
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

We drop into the bothy regularly because of the fantastic friendly service and bustling atmosphere and of course the delicious home baking. The coffee is well above average too but the staff really make the place special. Try it-you won't be disappointed!!

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

What a lovely review - many thanks! We do aim to please and try to ensure all our customers have as good an experience as you! Welcome back! More 

Letchworth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Whenever I visit Ballater, I always start my day at The Bothy. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and they make the best lattes i've tasted. They also have a selection of delicious homemade cakes which i can never resist. If I go back for lunch (which is often the case), they have a good variety of options to... More 

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. We're glad you enjoy your visits to The Bothy and hope you're always as satisfied! More 

Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

A friend and I were staying at the Hilton up on the hill for the week and came across this delightful restaurant down in Ballater. The service was warm and very friendly and the menu had anything you could want. Tea was perfect, the freshly made cakes had us going back for seconds! Clean, very comfortable and very welcoming -... More 

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for submitting such a nice review. We're glad you found us by chance and hope you'll be back in on your next visit to Ballater. More 

thirsk
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Sat outside in glorious sunshine - what a treat! Cake and coffee delicious. Surroundings inside and out comfortable and clean. Tubs of spring bulbs outside smelt glorious.

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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: 013397 55191

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Scottish

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