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The Boat Hotel Bistro

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Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
+44 1479 831258
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Coldingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This year the food was very disappointing. We had fish and chips gluten free. That fish had to be baked but the chips were overlooked , too brown, soggy and greasy. When we complained we did not get any reduction of price to compensate, just "we'll tell the chef". Food was expensive. Won't go back

Thank Eleanor C
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here today for lunch - one other couple in the restaurant. Couple ordered fish and chips just before us - waiter then came over to us whilst we were looking at the menu and advised we could only have a sandwich as the chef was 'too busy'. Room was freezing - heating was off and door wide open. Real... More 

Thank Andrew W
Stanford, South Africa
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not worth eating there EXCEPT breakfast which is fine. Service is slow- not enough staff and certainly no fine chefs in the kitchen. I expected more and was very disappointed.

Thank LadyPamelaT
Aviemore, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

New bar layout is fantastic and inviting. Good bar for locals and visitors alike. The log fire provides a great place to chill out with friends

Thank Drumuillie_Grange
Gullane, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Poor choice. One meal not cooked and had to be sent back. Staff not very attentive. Place had no atmosphere.

Thank Liz M
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nearly £5 a pint is too much. Yes, it's a hotel but charge some reasonable prices and people will spend more time and money having a drink.

Thank Drexciya77
Dundee, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chose the pie, as it was advertised as pie night. Thought this would be outstanding, described as chicken and mustard pie in shortcrust pastry. My father, who was a very decent pie maker would have shot the description down in flames. What was served up was an ashet of watery Chewey chicken casserole, topped with a piece of frozen puff... More 

Thank Allan P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty of choice on menu, good service only complaint is the amount of food ! Make sure your hungry portions are massive. Great value

Thank Kerry W
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

Food served Luke warm and had to be sent back and still awful when it arrived. Microwaved meat pie with overcomes limp vegetables. Very poor.

Thank cdbLondon
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

We found that the hotel had a good variety of food to chose from, including very nice Scottish fare. The food we ordered was lovely and based on just that we would eat there again. However, we found the service to be poor- we were left waiting to be seated because they forgot about us, forgot to bring us two... More 

Thank Kerri C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $27
Bar, European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Aviemore and the Cairngorms  >  Aviemore  >  Boat of Garten
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 831258
Boat Bistro & Bar. There are few places in the Cairngorm National park where food, wine and location come together as beautifully as The Boat Bistro, we showcase rustic and seasonal fare and re-imagined classics, featuring vegetables, fruits and herbs grown locally combined with produce sourced from the British Isles. Poached, squeezed, pressed, steamed, grilled, wilted, roasted, battered and seared. Our utterly delicious food, from first thing in the morning to last thing at night, will melt on your tongue and always leave you wanting more. Our menus comprise contemporary interpretations of classic British dishes. Our Lunch and Dinner menus also feature daily Best of British specials. It almost goes without saying that we use fresh, local, seasonal produce as the norm.Breakfast offers you a range of cold dishes and freshly baked pastries from the larder. As well as a fully cooked Scottish breakfast, you can order anything from delicate smoked Scottish Haddock to meltingly beautiful Eggs Florentine. If there’s anything else you’d like to eat, just ask. We’re not too posh or proud to make boiled egg and soldier. The Osprey Bar is warm and welcoming, the perfect place to meet, the bar is full of quiet corners. Tuck yourself away with a paper. Enjoy a quiet romantic moment. The Boat Bistro & Bar, you'll find:Best of British specials every day.Breakfast, lunch and dinner, contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes using fresh local produce. Extensive malt whisky selection. Early Bird Dining. We welcome everyone to experience the Bistro & Bar, including guests not staying at the hotel.

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