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Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
+44 1479 831258
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Description: Boat Bistro & Bar. There are few places in the Cairngorm National park...
Boat Bistro & Bar. There are few places in the Cairngorm National park where food, wine and location come together as beautifully as The Boat Bistro, we showcase rustic and seasonal fare and re-imagined classics, featuring vegetables, fruits and herbs grown locally combined with produce sourced from the British Isles. Poached, squeezed, pressed, steamed, grilled, wilted, roasted, battered and seared. Our utterly delicious food, from first thing in the morning to last thing at night, will melt on your tongue and always leave you wanting more. Our menus comprise contemporary interpretations of classic British dishes. Our Lunch and Dinner menus also feature daily Best of British specials. It almost goes without saying that we use fresh, local, seasonal produce as the norm.Breakfast offers you a range of cold dishes and freshly baked pastries from the larder. As well as a fully cooked Scottish breakfast, you can order anything from delicate smoked Scottish Haddock to meltingly beautiful Eggs Florentine. If there’s anything else you’d like to eat, just ask. We’re not too posh or proud to make boiled egg and soldier. The Osprey Bar is warm and welcoming, the perfect place to meet, the bar is full of quiet corners. Tuck yourself away with a paper. Enjoy a quiet romantic moment. The Boat Bistro & Bar, you'll find:Best of British specials every day.Breakfast, lunch and dinner, contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes using fresh local produce. Extensive malt whisky selection. Early Bird Dining. We welcome everyone to experience the Bistro & Bar, including guests not staying at the hotel.
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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great bar for drinks and conversation

We stopped in just for drinks and stayed for three rounds. Beer and scotch were priced well and the selection was good. Staff was friendly and efficient.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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  • Local cuisine
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130 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chesapeake, Virginia
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We stopped in just for drinks and stayed for three rounds. Beer and scotch were priced well and the selection was good. Staff was friendly and efficient.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Breakfast menu was superb with a fantastic choice on the menu. Lots to choose from. Something to suit everybody and the room itself had pleasant surroundings.

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Very good choice and service for both dinner and breakfast. Surroundings bit old fashioned but in keeping with the hotel and area.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I can only describe my experience at this restaurant as truly awful! I am not normally one for writing reviews especially bad ones however I feel my experience here is something that management really should take on board and look at! I came a few weeks ago now Easter Sunday a party of 5 at 7pm. The restaurant wasn't very... More 

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Aberdeen
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Good food presented well - Market Menu offers good value and choice - 3 courses for £25. A la carte has some nice sounding options showcasing Scottish produce.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

we went for supper all staff seemed foreign had the ham hock for a starter it was so small cold hardly see it on the plate next I took the fish it arrived swimming in grease it was terrible

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Avoid eating here. Food was terrible and the waiting staff have not received the training necessary to provide a basic service. The "three times cooked" chips were soggy, insipid and bland. The teeny weeny pot of "Red apple slaw" was a disappointing portion (not enough for even a toddler) of red cabbage and mayonnaise without a hint of apple. The... More 

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Fochabers, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Popped in for a quick lunch as we were driving North and knew Aviemore would be very busy on Good Friday, and its only 5mins off the road. Was lacking a bit of character when we arrived - only another 2 people in bistro; but staff very friendly and attentive, and food was lovely. If you want to get out... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We dined here while staying at the hotel as part of a DBB deal - food was tasty (cullen skink delicious), staff friendly. breakfast was also nice - a lot of bones in the kippers but the full breakfast on our 2nd morning was nice. Shame about the rest of our experience at the hotel (see my hotel review).

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Northwich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Not very organised, staff don't speak very good English, food was lovely, but the service could have been a lot better, not very attentive, had to ask to order drinks 15 minutes after we arrived and no check back during our meal. We wouldn't visit again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Aviemore and the Cairngorms  >  Aviemore  >  Boat of Garten
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 831258

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 34

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Boat Bistro & Bar. There are few places in the Cairngorm National park where food, wine and location come together as beautifully as The Boat Bistro, we showcase rustic and seasonal fare and re-imagined classics, featuring vegetables, fruits and herbs grown locally combined with produce sourced from the British Isles. Poached, squeezed, pressed, steamed, grilled, wilted, roasted, battered and seared. Our utterly delicious food, from first thing in the morning to last thing at night, will melt on your tongue and always leave you wanting more. Our menus comprise contemporary interpretations of classic British dishes. Our Lunch and Dinner menus also feature daily Best of British specials. It almost goes without saying that we use fresh, local, seasonal produce as the norm.Breakfast offers you a range of cold dishes and freshly baked pastries from the larder. As well as a fully cooked Scottish breakfast, you can order anything from delicate smoked Scottish Haddock to meltingly beautiful Eggs Florentine. If there’s anything else you’d like to eat, just ask. We’re not too posh or proud to make boiled egg and soldier. The Osprey Bar is warm and welcoming, the perfect place to meet, the bar is full of quiet corners. Tuck yourself away with a paper. Enjoy a quiet romantic moment. The Boat Bistro & Bar, you'll find:Best of British specials every day.Breakfast, lunch and dinner, contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes using fresh local produce. Extensive malt whisky selection. Early Bird Dining. We welcome everyone to experience the Bistro & Bar, including guests not staying at the hotel.

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