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Cow Shed

Raemoir, Banchory AB31 5QB, Scotland
01330 820813
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Ranked #10 of 26 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
Beirut, Lebanon
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Do not be put off by the negativity of some of the reviews on this site. This is a very good restaurant. It is set in delightful countryside and the restaurant is decorated smartly inside creating a warm ambience. The food is creatively prepared and presented and the service is friendly and professional. The wine list is not long but... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Booked here for my birthday meal - well when I say booked my husband called and made a reservation only for us to turn up and not be in the diary! No apology was given, no smiles of welcome either, but they had a chat and told us "we can put you on Table 1". The welcome was so poor... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was our first visit to the Cowshed and we were most impressed by the decor and ambience and friendly service. We were shown to a table for two - all the window tables were already taken but we still had a good view over beautiful countryside. The china and cutlery were both of a high standard and the food... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We regularly had lunch at the Cow Shed when it first opened and it was 1st class. We were disappointed when they stopped doing lunch so I was excited last week when I heard they were opening for lunch again The menu was not very interesting the food mediocre. The staff were pleasant. The view was still wonderful. We will... More

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Oslo
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Decided to stop for dinner at the Cow Shed after work. I was the first to arrive after they opened at 18:00. Firstly. The location is fantastic. Get a table by the window so that you can sit and soak in the Aberdeenshire countryside. The wind blowing, making waves. The fields look almost like the ocean. The clouds drift by... More

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Stopped off here as part of a long journey due to it's presence in the Good Food Guide. The door was dripping with accolades and it was signposted as a tourist attraction from the main road a mile away so I was expecting quite a lot here. No problem getting a table without reservation on a Wednesday about 7pm. Dining... More

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Bradford, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The quality of the food served is excellent and plentiful. It is a little costly but well worth it. Two young waitresses could do with learning to smile and be welcoming as the older waitress was. Wouldn't stop me returning for another meal

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Ediburgh, Scotland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We had dinner during our trip to Banchory, having done a lot of research on Trip Advisor and elsewhere. We found it very quiet though it was a Wednesday. Only one other small family there. It is a triumph of style over substance. Rather pretentious in interior design. Better suited to London. Staff looked like they had lost the will... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Dear Sir/Madam, Whilst visiting my parents and with the rare opportunity of having babysitters, my husband and I booked a table for dinner. We had driven past the restaurant many times and always meant to try it. On arrival with ample parking and a beautiful setting we were thrilled to be there and looking forward to the food. The restaurant... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Got a late booking Saturday night and was told we needed to be off the table by 8. This was not a problem as we were going elsewhere later. We were first in but only by a few minutes. The decor and table layout was good. We had a window seat and the views were excellent. We ordered fish and... More

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