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The Balmoral Bar

$$ - $$$, British,
1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
+44 1339 755462
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good42%
  • Average19%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“local bar” (3 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
$$ - $$$
1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

Joined some friends for a pint (or two) and enjoyed a Champions League semi-final match. Although it was full of locals, the seating was spread out enough to avoid the usual claustrophobic shoulder rubbing of a crowded bar. Beer selection was good, but didn't purchase...More

Thank jso123
Reviewed April 10, 2018

Friendly local with good beers and offers a lunch time menu only. Locals were good craik and dogs are allowed.

Thank NigelSH
Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

Unbeknown to us we walked in off the street on a chilly Monday afternoon looking for a drink and some light bite...nope...doesn't do food on a monday or tuesday and therefore the two teenagers not allowed in. For what short time we were in the...More

Thank holdenp109
Reviewed January 12, 2018

A Highland Pub is not the first place you think of when you are in the mood for good fish and chips. Youngest daughter decided that was her menu choice and we stopped at the Balmoral and asked. Staff were friendly and replied; "... Absolutely!...More

Thank tfbbuk
Reviewed November 3, 2017

This was our second visit to the delightful village of a Ballater and, once again, we used the Balmoral as our locall pub. This really is a top bar and has very good staff as well as friendly and sociable customers. We didn't eat here,...More

Thank johnhouston2
Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

After a day in the hills my friends and stopped in Ballater for a drink. The Balmoral seemed ok and busy so we ventured in. After a couple of minutes waiting to get the barmans attention we were told that they didn't allow dogs in...More

1  Thank Neil C
Reviewed September 17, 2017

About average for a pub in Scotland, handy if you're in the area and looking for a meeting place with friends or for a quick drink or nibble.

Thank NiallInTheHills
Reviewed September 13, 2017

We were in Ballater for a few days and tried a new place each night. We had a fine time but were a little surprised at the menu, Tex-Mex. Although the food had a distinct Scottish influence, all in all it was really a pretty...More

1  Thank ozark_Roxy
Reviewed April 12, 2017

The place and decor is very tired, the toilets are downright disgusting,, noisy football on the telly is not a great atmosphere beer was warm unlike the welcome from staff

1  Thank David C
Reviewed March 26, 2017 via mobile

Went for a beer here as it's about the only 'pub' in ballater. Staff and barmaid were very friendly, but the general lay out and atmosphere was like sitting in someone's front room. Not much choice of drinks and furniture was a bit old and...More

Thank Justin O
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Samantha R
June 9, 2015|
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Response from Mavis1928 |
No unfortunately they don't allow dogs. It's got absolutely nothing to do with health and safety rules, plenty of pubs serve food and allow dogs, what's the problem, they're cleaner than some people?!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 1339 755462
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