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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Reservations, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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All reviews macaroni and cheese fish and chips haggis bon bons burger curry pie great pub friendly bar amazing steak lovely fresh fish large tv range of beers local feel guys serving scottish pub pub food highland games
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Reviewed December 8, 2020

Awesome bar, with excellent service and very friendly staff. The chef serves up delicious food and a few jokes too! If you're in Ballater the Balmoral Bar is a must visit!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed December 7, 2020 via mobile

Took a Covid-19 break in Aberdeenshire for 11 nights and due to the poor choice and shut restaurant at the Hilton where we were staying opted to visit the village. After a first fantastic meal with equally excellent service we ended up going 3 times....The chef and staff could not have been better or done more for us. If you are in Ballater you simply have to visit the Balmoral BarMore

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 23, 2020

We visit Ballater regular when staying at Craigendarroch and always love a visit to The Balmoral. Things are very different in all aspects due to the pandemic so we weren't sure if we would manage our yearly visit,but Sunday we walked into the village and...decided to have lunch and a few drinks. The place was pleasantly busy,but we got a table and were served in no time,the menu is good,a mix of specials and other choices. The guys serving were efficient and friendly. The food was very good, better than your usual pub grub and the dishes that went out looked delicious. By the time we finished the place was packed,a fab wee pub with a great atmosphere,was also super to see the Chef serve tables and interact with customers asking if their food was ok. Keep up the good work,we wish our hometown had a "Balmoral"More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 22, 2020 via mobile

Fantastic place, brilliantly funny chef. So accommodating and talented! We had haggis Bon Bon’s which were brilliant followed by Burgers which were spot on! Thank you guys you were the best!!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 22, 2020 via mobile

Fully intended to stay for a meal, showed to our table, drinks ordered and served promptly and politely. All good until group of seven adults arrived (clearly from multiple households and least one very intoxicated) and proceeded to sit at table next to us (at...back of bar area by pool table) despite COVID regulations mandating sox or less from two households. One sat less than a meter away from me and took of her mask before proclaiming drunkenly she hated wearing it and started asking where we were from. Did not feel comfortable with her being that close with no mask on. What a pity - we left without ordering food and won’t go back. Appreciate these big groups ordering lots of drinks are vital to survival of some pubs, but surely it’s sunk in by now that covid is not going anywhere if we don’t follow the rules. And yes, it was only one additional person, but rules are there for a reason.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 24, 2020 via mobile

Brilliant afternoon spent at the balmoral in Ballater. Great service, very attentive and brilliant food.... Trevor went out of his way to accommodate. Can't wait to go back!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 22, 2020 via mobile

Fantastic service at the Balmoral Bar. We dropped in for a take away late on Thursday and the bar staff were so helpful and Trevor the chef very accommodating, even though he was getting ready to close for the evening. Food was amazing as always....We had lasagne with garlic bread, salad and chips. Absolutely perfect for a driech evening and was by far the best we have tasted. Can definitely recommend the Balmoral bar for food and drinks. Even in these strange times they are well set up to keep you safe and cosy. #LocalHeroes. #BalmoralBarGreatFood&Drinks #BalmoralOnTheGreenMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020

Really friendly staff and head chef who I didn't get the name of sorry! Food is well priced and of good quality. Definitely recommend the Chefs Curry! They deserve their awards. Will be back :)

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 9, 2020

4 of us had a great meal here last night. Staff could not do enough for us, including a choice gluten free food for one of us. A great bunch of staff who worked together really well.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 8, 2020 via mobile

Amazing Fish and Chips! Food was excellent and a service with a smile goes a long way during these challenging times. It has been a while since we have been out to a bar due to coronavirus, but were made to feel safe and secure...upon arrival and throughout our visit. Looking forward to our next Ballater staycation 😁More

Date of visit: October 2020
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They do allow dogs in, our daughter took her dog in today.
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