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The Bothy

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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish
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43 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QD, Scotland
+44 1339 755191
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Essex, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely place for lunch, we had soup & panini which was very nice, good choice of fillings & lovely homemade soups.

1 Thank Tracy B
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We wanted to find a place to meet up and catch up with friends. The Bothy serves great coffee and hot chocolate. The cakes were very tasty too. The staff make the place.

1 Thank Brian C
Hook, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Called in for lunch on the recommendation of someone I spoke to in a shop and was very glad I did. There was a huge choice of sandwich fillings, all of which were made to order and great looking cakes. There was a lovely fire burning and newspapers available to read. All in all it was a very welcoming place... More 

1 Thank Lorraine G
Wiltshire, England
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139 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely friendly place to stop for lunch. Hubby had coffee and cake and the slice of chocolate cake was huge and so moist I wish I had a slice too. I choose a chicken sandwich which came with salad and crisps and was just delicious and fresh. Wish we could have come back but was on a short... More 

1 Thank kaz110965
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a coffee and cake for breakfast, and returned for a brunch. Outstanding service throughout from everyone at The Bothy. The welcome, order taking and service was wonderfully friendly and relaxed throughout. The dining area is a Scandanavian mixture of open space, light interior and a few relaxing chairs by the wood burner. The Full Breakfast was superb. Will be... More 

Worcester, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped in for lunch - it was very busy but we managed to get a table. All the food is freshly paid and home-made. The salads were delicious and lots of choice. The cakes looked to die for although we didn't try them.

1 Thank joby69
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190 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good break here for lunch. Good range of snacks / meals and drinks. Very pleasant service in bright clean restaurant. Good quality produce. Would return.

1 Thank exzombaresident
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having a cup of coffee and pastry while sitting on the corner was a nice way to start the day while waiting for the bus Pleasant service and fresh pastries

Thank Fpc12866
London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just popped in whilst travelling, always a good sign when it's difficult to find a table. Beautiful toasted sandwich with a bottle of Edinburgh Castle beer - the perfect lunch

Thank Copperwasher
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

having been terribly, terribly disappointed the last time we ate in Ballater (Brown sugar or whatever it is called) we were delighted with our lunch - the coffee was so good, we had two cups, the soup excellent, the sandwich freshly made and the cake simply delicious. We cannot recommend the Bothy highly enough.

1 Thank Fiona M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 1339 755191

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