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The Bothy

Certificate of Excellence
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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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I actually spotted this little place as we were driving past it in the coach - it looked very inviting, clean and tidy. As we walked from the carpark and round the corner I persuaded my dad (Dudley) and daughter (Fiona) to go in for a cuppa. I ordered a Tuna toastie, Fiona had Sweet Potato & Rosemary Soup and... More 

1 Thank maria_coward
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ordered a sandwich which came with thick bread and the chicken was very chunky and not at all tasty even though it was in a coronation chicken sauce.

Thank Lynn S
Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing The Bothy. We are very disappointed you did not enjoy your experience - customer satisfaction is our priority. We use fresh, locally supplied and high quality bread, the chicken is 100% fillet cooked on the premises and we make our own coronation sauce. The sandwich was obviously not to your taste and if you had brought... More 

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48 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Bothy is a great place for a light lunch or cake and a coffee. We visit fairly regularly and the food is consistently good. They do baked potatoes, paninis, soup, sandwiches and a range of cakes and bakes. The food is well priced and service always good. It's a popular place so finding a table can be a challenge... More 

Thank S and T W
Frodsham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here on our tour of distilleries, just got back from Royal Lochnagar. The staff were really polite and attentive and the food arrived promptly. Everything you want. Only downside was chicken in coronation chicken was a bit dry.

Thank Kyle R
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78 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Dropped in for a coffee and was lucky to get a seat. Nice cappucino and lovely coffee and hazlenut cake (!!) Pleasant, efficient staff and free wi-fi, all in the beautiful town of Ballater.

1 Thank Jim F
Inverness, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped into The Bothy for a late lunch (2.15pm) and have to say that the service and food were very good. The restaurant was busy with couples and families. There was a wide range of sandwiches available alongwith a choice of two soups of the day. There was also a large selection of home bakes etc. The restaurant occupies a... More 

1 Thank Michael M
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in on Sunday for tea and cake when cycling to Ballater. Good selection of fine cakes and tray bakes to chose from - perfect for fuelling up when you're out on the bike. Friendly service and good value.

1 Thank nipdrinker
Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited here in May 2016 and didn't realise they were on trip advisor. A warm welcome and amazing score estate and coffee well recommended

2 Thank rreggie241
Inverness, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely little place to stop for anyone travelling through Ballater. The coffee is great, as are the cakes, all of which are homemade on the premises. It's a great place to to stop for lunch as well, with a wide variety of sandwiches, paninis etc as well as soups and jacket potatoes. For my fellow vegetarians, there is a... More 

1 Thank SWest2016
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

our order was given to the wrong people twice, slow service and completely overpriced and food was not enjoyable, would not recommend

Thank Abi M
Braemarbothy, Manager at The Bothy, responded to this review

We find it disappointing that with your first and only review you have tried to give such a bad impression of our business. Customer satisfaction is a priority and it would be helpful to be told at the time of any problems when our staff would only be happy to help. None of our staff have any recollection of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Families with children, Local cuisine, 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?