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Cawdor Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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Cawdor, Nairn, Scotland
+44 1667 404777
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Chabanais, France
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49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Old fashioned tavern in lovely countryside. Good parking. Excellent menu and food and good beer. Cheery staff.

Thank Craig M
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were invited to a Sunday lunch at the tavern and the food, atmosphere and service were excellent. This was our first experience of the Tavern and we will definitely be back. The food was first class and I can personally recommend the trio of puddings, the roast beef and the pavlova. A delightful place to eat,... More 

Thank Stuart H
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dropped in for lunch last week. Father-in law chose battered haddock from regular menu whereas I plumped for a Camembert cheese and wild mushroom tart from the Daily Specials. Fish portion was normal and filling. However the tart along with dauphinoise potatoes was a very small plateful and didn't merit being classed nor charged as a main course. I left... More 

1 Thank John J
Inverness, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here for lunch today, food was fantastic, very good service and waiting time between courses just right. Only point I would make would be it would have been good to have the open fire going, or at least the radiators on. Will definitely be back again soon.

Thank Ian D
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Couldn't be bothered to cook tea so went to Cawdor tavern we had a warm welcome from Michael, we ordered our drinks and food and only had a short wait for our delicious pate starter followed by our main course which was delicious the service and food was really good and large portions.

Thank Jan W
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with my father today. Very warm and friendly atmosphere with excellent staff. The male waiter we had was so informative of the menu and made us feel very welcome as did the lady at the bar who took us our bill. She gave us a lovely seat by the fire which was most welcome. This is a very... More 

Thank Rai1992
Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Been coming here for years and the food is always good, if a little overpriced. Nice, relaxing, quaint pub setting and lovely in the winter when the fire is lit. Only criticism is that service always seems quite slow, but I think probably because food is cooked fresh.

Thank HexieB
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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We were staying at a nearby B & B and had two evening meals at the Cawdor Tavern. The dining area is charmingly decorated. If you wish you can have a flight of ales, which were much enjoyed by one of our group. The chef creates very good meals using local ingredients. During our time in Scotland, we often ordered... More 

Thank WinnipegNewman
Sonoma, California
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106 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The castle turned out to be closed for the season so we took solace at this quaint tavern. The smoke fish plate as great; loved the salmon. The cheese plate was good as well. We also tried their prize haggis; pretty good actually. This would be a great place to warm up or relax after a hard tour of the... More 

Thank Bigal1953
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful dinner, accommodating staff, excellent service. Husband particularly enjoyed the ales.Dining area a little dusty but didn't mind due to the excellent food.Will visit again.

Thank Lianne S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $28
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cawdor, Nairn, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Nairn
  • Phone Number: +44 1667 404777
Traditional country pub and restaurant serving modern Scottish food with flair. Situated in the beautiful conservation village of Cawdor, close to the famous Cawdor Castle, Cawdor Tavern offers a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere to enjoy a simple bowl of home made soup or full three course meal all made from fresh local ingredients.

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