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Buchanan's Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
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Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
01330 826530
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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful place specialising in delicious and imaginative soups sharing platters, and an array of cakes; they also have more standard fare. They brew their own beer, bake their own bread and much more. Friendly smiling service and very good value for money.

Thank 4rhona
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife spotted the sign to this great bistro.We found it very welcoming and relaxed with lovely,friendly staff I had the fish selection which was amazing and I would recommend any fish lovers to try it.My wife had great macaroni with pickled beetroot salad which she polished off no bother. I then had a flapjack with my coffee whilst my... More 

Thank Localtravellers
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have visited here twice now and the food was excellent a bit like river cottage restraint had the mezzo type board the last time and wasn't disappointed good selection of there own beers from there brewery definetly worth a visit if you are looking for a change

Thank Paulstewart348
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Just love it. Food, ambiance, food and food again. Local, organic, good wines, lovely location, great staff, AMAZING bread. I always judge a restaurant on how good the bread is when it arrives on the table and this bread is specialist bread baked freshly every morning. SUBLIME. Would you ever believe a local arts centre could get it so right.... More 

Thank HappyHotelLady
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We were lucky to have a meal here as the restaurant was fully booked because of a production in Woodend barn. We had arrived early and the staff were quite happy to accommodate us. It was a delicious meal , my friend said the best food outside of Glasgow, with unusual dips and salads and delicious main courses with scrumptious... More 

Thank PollydoodleScotland
Ballymore Eustace, Ireland
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Very tasty soups breads and salads, perfect for what we wanted after a long walk. Clean, airy and bright.

Thank Dermott O
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Being local to Banchory we find ourselves at Buchanan's bistro now and again. We've been for breakfast, lunch, coffees and for dinner. The service is always brilliant, the food superb with extraiedinary views of the surrounding country.

Thank 1mjanus
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Not local to the area, we found Buchanan's Bistro by accident after taking a wrong turn while feeling peckish enough to stop anywhere with a food sign - best wrong turn ever! 3 of us shared a combination of cold platters followed by crème brulee and an amazing chocolate torte. The platters were fantastic, the homemade bread outstanding and it... More 

Thank AABEdinburgh
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

Val and Calum Buchanan certainly keep themselves busy producing food that is enjoyable and memorable. They use locally sourced produce wherever possible - much of it 'in house'. They have an allotment on site; they bake their own bread; cure and smoke meat and fish and even brew their own beers. They offer a variety of food from hearty soups... More 

Thank Bill R
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

I have visited a few times, but this was the first for a while. Dinner for 2 on a Wednesday evening. Service was very friendly and efficient. We had the dipping oils, home-made bread, dukkah and olives to started, and then shared a coastal platter. All scrumptious. Coastal platter was a great selection and even better than it used to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
European, British, Gluten Free
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Banchory
  • Phone Number: 01330 826530

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