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The Winking Owl

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had lunch with my wife and nephew, I had Cullen Skink starter a bit pricey at over £6.00 it was ok but nothing special, the Steak and Mushroom pie was very nice with plenty of steak in it and pastry all around and not just on the top, the 4 stars I have given is for the steak pie the... More 

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Thank HamishMacdog
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing you visit and we're pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the Steak and Mushroom Pie and we look forward to welcoming you again next time you're down in Aviemore! More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely food and a very festive and cheerful atmosphere. We would highly recommend if you are visiting Aviemore.

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Thank joolyred
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, rating and recommendation - we really appreciate it and look forward to welcoming you again next time you're visiting the Cairngorms National Park. More 

Scotland
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with friends and our two year old daughter. We didn't have a booking but managed to get a table no problem ( they did need it back after an hour and a half..fine for us). Our food was all very good and decent portions too. Service good even though they were very busy. Definately worth a visit

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Thank HelenD021
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing your visit and we're delighted that you enjoyed your meals and the service. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in Aviemore! More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our most recent visit to Aviemore and the first with our baby girl was coming to an end we decided to have our last meal at the Winking Owl after having our Starters(haggis pakoras and sweet potato soup both fantastic) our daughter became unwell and started throwing up. The staff were very helpful and so courteous they packaged our... More 

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Thank Jonathon G
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We were delighted to be able to make sure that you didn't miss out on your meal and we very much hope your daughter made a speedy recovery. Thank you for taking the time to post such a full review and we look forward to welcoming you again next time you're visiting the Cairngorms National Park. More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food at a reasonable price. Very high quality and homemade. Great service. Highly recommended. (The chips are amazing!)

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Thank E3194
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic review, the rating and the recommendation - we really appreciate it and look forward to welcoming you again! More 

Moray, Scotland
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119 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had pre booked and perhaps as well given it was quite busy even on a Sunday night. The food was in the main very good, although my wifes burger was very dry. The beer was excellent even if pricey.

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Thank TheFeb
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing your visit - we really appreciate the feedback and we will discuss your comments at this week's meeting. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in Aviemore! More 

Queenstown, New Zealand
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108 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here off season and the place was very busy, which is always a good sign. Had a simple burger and a few drinks with camentbert to start. Food and staff were excellent and down to earth. I imagine this would be a great stop after a day on the slopes when they open.

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Thank ianyoung1985
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing your visit and we're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the food and drinks. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in Scotland - perhaps you can visit during the skiing season! More 

Moray, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ended up at the winking owl as a second choice after la taverna was closed. It was however a lucky break because we had a lovely meal. The waiting staff were all friendly and did a good job of selling the specials. We had gravalax, scallops, burger and steak pie with 2 craft beers all for £51. The quality... More 

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Thank Louise H
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your full review and we're so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed our food and craft beers. We look forward to welcoming you again when you're next in Aviemore! More 

kent
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we had the best meal ever here the food was excellent and good prices too , the staff were very friendly and polite , I would advise calling in advance and making a reservation as it seams a very popular place to eat

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Thank posseekent
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your visit. Thank you also for the reminder to reserve a table - we are often so busy and we do recommend booking as we don't like disappointing people! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in Scotland. More 

Dorchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived in Aviemore on a Saturday and planned to visit The Winking Owl on the Monday but it was closed so we tried Tuesday but it was closed again. We finally managed a meal there later that week and were greeted by a lovely young man named Matthew who showed us to our table and menus were brought. Matthew... More 

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to post such a detailed and enthusiastic review - we really appreciate it and Matthew and Morag are so chuffed that you rated their service so highly! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you visit the Cairngorms National Park. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $32
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Aviemore and the Cairngorms  >  Aviemore
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 812368
Description
Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 12 noon until 11pm Friday to Saturday: 12 noon until 1am Sunday: 12:30Pm until 11pm Food Served: Monday to Saturday: 12 midday until 9:00Pm Sundays: 12:30Pm - 9:00Pm If you'd like to have a meal, please phone to book a table to avoid disappointment as we are very busy at peak times of the day.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?