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The Winking Owl

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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free, Gastropub
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123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of those places that struggles to live up to some of its more rave reviews. The food was fine, but not great. My husband had beef pie, which was OK. I had fish and chips, it could have been warmer and the chip shop curry sauce has less substance that a thinish soup - did not coat... More 

Thank Lesley S
Andover, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely restaurant. Food very tasty, I had the black pudding and chorizo salad followed by sticky toffee pudding. Fab range of gins too. Staff very attentive but not too much so. Would highly recommend.

Thank Jeanware
Lexington, Kentucky
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I ate at the Winking owl in hope of some European food and a break from American food which is what most pubs are doing. But here I had the Sunday roast (only on Sundays) for a good price. They were very generous with the portions and quality of the food. I would recommend this pub for good bear that... More 

Thank VacationPro101
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this venue July 2016 on two occasions during our holiday. The first occasion we were two couples dining out in the evening. I ordered a burger and they allowed me substitute chips for salad. The food was of exceptionally high quality, and the service was excellent. We ordered malt of the month after the meal, but unfortunately they... More 

1 Thank Steven H
Inverness, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in about 2pm hoping for lunch. Met by cheerful staff behind bar & told food would be no trouble. Had spicy chicken salad with salt & pepper fries. Which was a special (not on standard menu). Absolutely lovely. Whole chicken breast which had a dry spicy rub on it. Still moist and very tasty. Seasoned fries also very morish.... More 

1 Thank scotness007
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food and service- very friendly staff. Haggis pakora was delicious and the kids burger was homemade and very tasty. Big portions and great prices. Loved it 😊

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived without a booking to be told they were full that night so we booked for the following evening. Having been in the past we know how good the place is and we were not disappointed. A good selection on the menu with a strong emphasis on local produce. Excellent service and the place has a 'good pub' feel... More 

Thank 21kjs1979
Slough, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate here for dinner as we were spending a night in Aviemore. Advisable to book as it gets very busy. We had a very enjoyable meal with an extensive range on the menu. (I am vegetarian and had no issues with choosing something!) We both had fish and it was lovely. A good portion followed by pudding. The restaurant... More 

Thank GirlieNats
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really nice appetizer, solid standards and a couple interesting more adventurous plates. It was a busy night and the staff seemed a touch overwhelmed, but remained pleasant.

Thank Choralmomster
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Our first meal out in Scotland and it didn't disappoint. Generous portions and good quality food! The staff were very attentive and friendly. Also a good selection of drinks from the bar. We shared olives/feta and bread to start, two main meals (about £13 each) and then an ice cream sundae to share. Two ales, cider and coffee all for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $33
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free, Gastropub
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, Families with children
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?