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Buchanan's Bistro

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Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
01330 826530
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Relaxed atmosphere and excelent food

I have eaten here several times with family. Love the fact that this is attached to the Woodend Barn and so is accessible to events there including live music, theatre, comedy,etc. Restaurant specializes in home baking and cooking, as well as organic and healthy foods.Also has large selection of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2014
scotgrl3
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Chatham, Canada
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English first
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Excellent food. Val and staff make wonderful food that is a little different. Enjoy a coffee and scone , a light lunch or dinner all are great value.

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Banchory, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Brilliant cakes and scones. Lovely and cosy with the heated floor. They also do lovely meals with the menu being a "bit different" but yummy!

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Tarland, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

First the good news, the food was very tasty, we had the seafood platter for 2, the mussels were the star of the show. For dessert the chocolate cake was lovely and moist. Secondly the slightly disappointing news, it's a bit over priced and/or under served. The platter for 2 would have been fine for 1 person. Thirdly the very... More 

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Went with friends and had a lovely evening. The atmosphere in the Bistro is so warm and welcoming. Menu was very interesting and certainly different. Food was beautifully presented by knowledgeable and friendly staff. There was no rush we could take our time and enjoy the ambience. Would return time and time again even if just for a coffee and... More 

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Aberdeen, Scotland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

A gem of a restaurant, attached to the excellent Woodend Barn music and theatre venue. We keep going back and are never disappointed with the quirky and delicious dishes, always made with the best of Aberdeenshire's local produce. Great for a meal or for a snack and a cup of tea or coffee. As if that wasn't enough, the owner... More 

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Chatham, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I have eaten here several times with family. Love the fact that this is attached to the Woodend Barn and so is accessible to events there including live music, theatre, comedy,etc. Restaurant specializes in home baking and cooking, as well as organic and healthy foods.Also has large selection of beer and wines.Patrons are encouraged to linger and books and free... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Drive-by lunch for two on a busy Sunday afternoon. The second visit this year. We thoroughly enjoyed an excellent meaty casserole/mixed vegetables main and soup/nibbles combo's. The accompanying basket of mixed homemade breads ensured that all plates and bowls were thoroughly cleaned! The chocolate cake desert was a tad dry - reflecting perhaps a dairy-free recipe? However, a good coffee... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

Visited here last weekend and was feeling hopeful upon reading the menu as the place appeared to be trying very hard to be 'fancy/hip' with their choice of produce and cuisine. However, asides from the 40 min wait for a bowl of soup (which tasted fine, but was £1.25 a bowl overpriced), followed by another 25 mins after that for... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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132 reviews 132 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

My partner and I love coming here for a weekend lunch. Food here is of great quality and staff are very friendly. the views and layout of the place is spectacular. Service can be slow at times but it can be forgiven given the laid back atmosphere of the place. Great place to bring a book and sit with a... More 

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Banchory, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Good and imaginative food with mainly locally sourced ingredients served in a bright, modern, relaxed environment, with wonderful views from panoramic windows. The young staff are helpful, if a little giddy at times. This is a successful attempt to provide something a little out of the ordinary in this part of the country. Attached to a lively local arts centre,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Banchory
  • Phone Number: 01330 826530

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  • Cuisine: European

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