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The Balmoral Bar

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
+44 13397 55462
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My friends and I stopped in to this bar while we were staying in Ballater. The selection is good, and the service is prompt. The bar tender was on top of his game, and no one was left waiting very long to order a drink. We enjoyed a few games of pool, and watched a rugby match with some of... More 

Thank Gary W
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A basic bar full of locals watching football. Staff were friendly enough but the beer wasn't great. not much else to say really.

Thank E5645LDjohnb
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This is a "locals" bar with dated decoration, large TV screens, ugly and smelly toilets. The food is just average pub food.

Thank Gordon B
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

We called in 2015 and 2016, on both occasions we found it a bit boisterous.........and we're no prudes. Lots of swearing etc. Not fussed.

Thank Danielle F
Allanton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Had a lovely meal here. Soup homemade, hubby really liked his steak with pepper sauce. I had the haddock, meal was really good.

Thank palapye
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Popped in today with our toddler for lunch. The Balmoral Burger was spot on - I added extra blue cheese and ordered a toastie for the toddler. Everything was lovely, fresh and tasty. Good quality, no nonsense pub grub. The landlady was very warm and welcoming, and really attentive to everyone. The place was spotlessly clean too. Worth a visit!

Thank Claire C
Weeki Wachee, Florida
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

Friendly pub...enjoyed the atmosphere with a pint of Tenet's! We would recommend this pub...the pricing was reasonable!

Thank BayportSunny
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this bar. It was quiet for the most part, but watched the soccer championships with the locals and everybody was in a good mood. Met a nice couple from the East Coast and we're FB friends today! Good place to kick back and enjoy the local clientele.

Thank Elaine W
Winter Park, Florida
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2015

Nice and comfortable local bar but the service was not very friendly. We asked a coupled of questions and it was like we were bothering the bartender.

Thank Bucgirl58
Stony Stratford
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

What a friendly place! Decent pint, chatty folk behind the bar, Our annual visit to Ballater wouldn't be the same without a visit here - game of pool, few tunes on the juke box and some helpful tourist advice thrown in - Thanks, see you next year!

Thank Stratters60

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 13397 55462

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?