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Buchanan's Bistro

Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
01330 826530
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Ranked #6 of 26 Restaurants in Banchory
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Most recent review
- Sep 16, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Been a few times now during the day and what a lovely place. I had the costal board this visit, and the flavours were delicious. The bread brought to the table is always tasty, though I could happily eat the whole bowl to myself! I've had the soup previously and it was just as good. Cakes look and taste amazing,... More

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Aberdeenshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Ate here for the first time in a couple of years recently and, while enjoying the food and the slightly redesigned layout which has taken away a 'library/sofa' area to allow more tables (this may not be recent.....), was a little disappointed at the limited menu and, by past standards at least, higher prices. I appreciate the ethos is good... More

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Wow! What an experience dining at Buchanas Bistro was recently! I have never had such intense flavours when eating out - ever!!! For a start I couldn't decide between Twice Baked Cheese Soufle and Fish Board. I wasn't feeling particularly hungry and wished to eat a light meal only. My very attentive waitress suggested I have the cheese soufle as... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Excellent restaurant with great scenery outside. Came here for lunch. The small tapas plates on offer are amazing - just the right amount of food for lunch. The Spanish plate I had tasted excellent. Very good selection of drinks - my friend had a great beer. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place - everything is cooked fresh and you... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had wandered further afield than intended and spotted the sign for the Buchanan's Bistro on the road into Banchory from Aberdeen. Yet again, we arrived at the end of the luncheon service. There were a number of couples dining and a larger family group. No problems with the staff, we entered and and were seated at a window table...comfortable... More

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Ediburgh, Scotland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

We visited 4 times during a weeks holiday. Very relaxed atmosphere with papers and books and a small shop. Very well designed in a modern light and airy way. Terrific friendly staff who couldn't have been more helpful. Great views. Had a terrific casserole twice, fish dish for dinner and scones at tea time.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Based on food alone I would give this place 5 stars. The Coastal board and Spanish board were excellent. However, they really need to TRAIN their staff. From the moment we walked in, service was so bad, I felt embarressed to have recommended this place. It was clear the staff were very young, inexperienced and had no training. No one... More

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Banchory, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Went for supper and it has been so hot we sat outside to eat. The food is always great, but the service not as attentive as usual. Non-one came to check if everything was ok, we had to ask a few times for bread before it came, and the dessert we wanted had run out (same dessert had run out... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

First time we've visited this bistro and will definitely return. The fish platter to share was full of amazing and original flavours. Our only disappointment was the poor service. We felt like we were invisible. It was moderately busy at lunchtime and there seemed to be enough staff but they simply were not attentive enough.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We went for a family lunch here last week and even managed to take our dog with us (we sat outside). The staff were very attentive and our drinks order arrived within a couple of minutes. I had the chicken salad, which was nice but nothing really special. However, I was very impressed at the gluten-free cakes on offer. That... More

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