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“Local gobby middleaged yobs with their Fs and Cs ruineda good day out.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Balmoral Bar

The Balmoral Bar
Ranked #11 of 30 Restaurants in Ballater
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Local gobby middleaged yobs with their Fs and Cs ruineda good day out.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Having a good meals here previously (see my previous review) we took my parents to the pub for the first time. We asked if they still did meals as there were no indication of it but they only serve them after 6. Not great . Unable to eat (5pm) we thought we'd have a drink and wait. The pub was full of older locals. Anyway a group of middle aged guys arrived. Then another and another. In the end there was about 10 of them. They were clearly local but also clearly lacking in class. I'm not adverse to swearing. I've worked on many a building site BUT the f'ing and C'ing coming from these idiots got louder and louder and more extreme despite the room being full of others, including old guys, woman etc. What is it with guys in pubs who feel their circle of friends is where their concerns stops and this need to act like an 4rse as a way of getting the approval of your peers and reducing their insecurities?


The point here is, that any good barman worth their salt would have told these muppets to tone it down. Instead a number of people who were happily having a drink prior to these idiots arriving, got up and left, including us. We went elsewhere for our meal and my mom and dad were not impressed and the good work of previous visits undone because we wont be back. It's too far to come to get this. If anyone asks us we will probably tell them to avoid the place. Clearly locals, these guys let down their little town with their low class, low rent behaviour and ignorant lack of manners. Selfish idiots with big mouth and large egos needing massaged.

Poor barman had no control nor any sense of responsibility for his other customers. Then again he knew these guys.

Ballater, what's happening to you?

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Aberdeen
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great grub and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Good honest pub grub, although the best beer battered haddock n chips in a long while. Friendly staff, great for a night in the pub!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Jan M
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Monroe Township, NJ
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51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Friendly Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

We popped in for a refreshing pint after visiting Balmoral. We found the bar staff friendly and helpful in suggesting sights to see/experience in the area. Reasonably priced!

Visited July 2013
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Thank Aligirl65
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Aberdeen
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had a few drinks here during an evening in Ballater and it had a really fun, local vibe! The staff and punters were all very friendly. We left when the karioke was about to start as it was very loud and we were unable to chat over it - looked very fun though!

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Sarahlovesfood934
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Egersund
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Anonymous bar, friendly staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

This bar is probably the main meeting point in Balmoral.Think Fridays with karaoke is very popular. For me the place was a bit anonymous and not a bar with passion.

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank MonkeyFly
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