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The Bothy

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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, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 142
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Lovely coffee shop

Stopped here when passing through Balloter for a coffee and scone and didn't disappoint. Service was quick and friendly and the cranberry scones were delicious. There appeared to be a fairly full sandwich and soup menu with a number of hot and cold specials. I would recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TAF11
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here when passing through Balloter for a coffee and scone and didn't disappoint. Service was quick and friendly and the cranberry scones were delicious. There appeared to be a fairly full sandwich and soup menu with a number of hot and cold specials. I would recommend.

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1 Thank TAF11
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a gem of a cafe, all the food is homemade and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxing. We had homemade soup and scones followed by carrot cake and hot drinks each and it was delicious! And great value for money too

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1 Thank stellab63
ULVERSTON
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153 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little cafe very popular with a nice cosy fire. Staff lovely and helpful , a nice menu but the scones should not be missed!!!

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1 Thank DILLICHIP
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely love the Bothy and it's sister shop in Braemar. There's no rush to get you out, the food is home cooked and the staff are marvellous. Having an outdoors shop attached to it as well makes it a lovely stop any day of the week. Watch out on a Sunday morning though.... It's cycle Sunday in Ballater and there's... More 

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1 Thank Kik H
Manchester, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

We visited The Bothy on a cold and wet day. Service was great, super friendly and fast. Lovely food, we had soup and sandwiches, baked potatoes and scones, all of which were a delight. Great work The Bothy.

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1 Thank Mrshallam79
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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

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1 Thank sue b
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

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

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Thank lesley a
Scotland
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

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 

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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 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

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 

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Thank BecksMcg
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124 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

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.

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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
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?