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Cow Shed

Raemoir, Banchory AB31 5QB, Scotland
01330 820813
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Ranked #7 of 25 restaurants in Banchory
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Cow Shed Restaurant & Cook School serves modern Scottish cuisine in a relaxed dining environment. Our restaurant is simple in design, with stunning views out over the Banchory countryside. The service efficient and discreet allows diners to focus on the food being served. Our seasonal menus are based around superb local ingredients, cooked to perfection. Our menus are balanced to allow diners to enjoy and experience all three, or four, courses - that is the way we feel a true dining experience should be.Our chef/director has over thirty years experience and has worked in a range of five star hotels and top michelin starred restaurants throughout the world. He now brings this flair and passion to the North East, leading a small team of enthusiastic chefs who make everything on site - from the bread you start with to the petit fours to complete the meal.
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The food was its weakness plus a rather poor cafeteria atmosphere. The service was okay contrary to reviews. The menu was unexciting but not competive. The views are good but you don't eat these. The menu was not close to sample online menu. Vegetables were uninteresting and plain.

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Banchory, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

a bit characterless but very pleasant service and good food. Plenty parking facilities which are needed because not on an easy public transport route.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We visited this place for the second time and were not diappointed, this was for a another family birthday and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a selection of starters and they were all excellent but I would recomend the crab (a couple of us had the crab and it was excellent, a small portion but very rich!). Again... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This restaurant has some good points and some not so good. The good points: 1. The quality of food, particularly the steaks, is good overall (but see below). 2. The service was prompt, friendly and efficient. 3. The wine list was quite extensive and relatively good value. The not so good points: 1. The dishes came largely ungarnished; this seemed... More

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Ballater, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Enjoyed dinner last Friday with 3 of my friends. The feel of the place was very relaxed and the service was ok. We started with some refreshing drinks that took sometime to arrive but after a slow start all our fears dissapeared as the food arrived. I have eaten in a lot of restaurants, but this is well above average... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Initially charged for an adult meal instead of a kids meal we raised this and they changed the bill. However after we got home we realised that they had not taken the £15 deposit we had to pay for mothers day off. I called and they said they would call back. Waited a couple of hours no call back so... More

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Droitwich, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Had been recommended this restaurant on a visit to Aberdeen, the food and the ambiance was good but our service was dreadful. We arrived and only one of our party was greeted, we were shown to our table and left to sit for 10 minutes before we were given any menus. Interestingly we were asked for our wine order before... More

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Bradford, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Amazing food, mediocre service (Apart from the older waitress who was very good). Service was not really up to the required standard with surly waitresses who really did not want to be there. Plenty of food for Sunday lunch and very tasty. Service is 3 star, food is 5 star. 4 stars overall.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Had heard a lot about the Cow Shed in Banchory and was keen to try their Sunday lunch. We were not disappointed. The food was incredible. Crispy brie, parma ham and melon starters tried by some and a beautiful curried soup by others. Opted for the sunday lunch sharing platters which came with beautiful beef which was cooked to perfection... More

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Banchory, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Top food, excellent service, delightful experience for party of five around round table. Perfect for scecial occasions.

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