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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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    Very good
  • 13
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  • 2
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  • 2
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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
Excellent place!

Popped in here for a tea and coffee break, excellent scones and cakes, great staff, lots of choice, nice place, centrally located. Tea was good too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Erica_Lauteri
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Rimini, Italy
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Rimini, Italy
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262 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Popped in here for a tea and coffee break, excellent scones and cakes, great staff, lots of choice, nice place, centrally located. Tea was good too.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The title is a little tongue in cheek maybe but The Bothy certainly managed to feed three hungry hairy bikers well after sampling Ballater's fine hospitality the night before. We'd decied to wait a bit before heading on the road and searched for some food but most of the cafes were very busy. Last chance was The Bothy and although... More 

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

On a trip to Ballater my partner & I popped in here for lunch. Loads of choice for a light meal or something a little more substantial. Very friendly staff.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Stopped in for morning coffee, good choice of home bakes and the scones are delicious. Good menu selection for lunch time. Friendly staff and reasonable prices.

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Motherwell, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Stopped for a bit of lunch on our day out. Good location and quite nicely decorated inside. Think it lacked customer service and the food didn't live up to expectations, was very bland and left you feeling like something was missing. Also very pass remarkable about where people were staying - no need. Wouldn't return based on the food.

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. We were very surprised to hear how disappointed you were with the food. Everything is made from high quality ingredients and cooked / baked on the premises. We would be interested to know in particular what you found 'bland'. I hope you mentioned to the staff on duty that you were dissatisfied with... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

After a long walk this was the perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy a great lunch (followed by a delicious scone). The menu is great it was difficult to choose and the staff were very friendly even when it was very busy.

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post such a nice review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to welcome you back. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Excellent home cooked food and very good value.popular and busy very friendly staff.excellent homemade soup and sandwiches.Good choice on menu.Visited 2 days and both were same good choice and quality

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for your lovely comments. Hope to see you back. More 

Reigate, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We found the food was not to a very good standard and over priced. I think the reason it is quite busy is it has a very good position on the main road.

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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. I'm sorry you found the food not to your expected standard. We work to high standards using fresh food prepared on the premises and local where possible. Should there be any issues with food or service, our staff are trained to remedy this by offering an alternative or refund. Our prices are based on similar food... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for such a fantastic review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit to the Bothy and hope to see you back! More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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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Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thanks for you nice review. We bake all our own cakes on the premises and try to have a varied selection to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. Look forward to seeing you back next time you're in Ballater More 

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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

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  • Cuisine: British, Scottish

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