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“happily recommend”

The Gathering Place Bistro
Ranked #6 of 12 Restaurants in Braemar
Price range: $14 - $84
Cuisines: European, French, Scottish
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Scottish and British Grill style restaurant with a lovely relaxed atmosphere and a menu to suit all We serve evening meals to suit most tastes but our most popular are our steaks. Our head chef is always prepared to amend a dish to suit your dietary requirements...just let us know. Booking is advisable but not always necessary We look forward to hearing from you Free Wi-Fi for guests Find us on facebook
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed my steak + chips here last month. Friend booked a table for the 4 of us and we all enjoyed our supper. Some confusion over the booking time but table was ready for us on arrival. Staff were friendly and worked hard covering a full restaurant. Good atmosphere and reasonable prices. By far the best in Braemar.

Thank Jinny232
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babysoda, Owner at The Gathering Place Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Dear JilyF
Many thanks for you lovely review, we really appreciated it. We are glad that you all enjoyed eating here and look forward to meeting you again.
Best wishes to you all!
Sandie

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We felt rather underwhelmed by the food and service at the Gathering Place.
The level of service was the main disappointment. Our waitress spoke little English and did not seem to have a good grasp of the food and drink on the menu. Her main role seemed to be to put food in front of us as quickly as possible and take plates away instantly... so it felt very rushed and unrelaxing.
We had booked for 8.15 on a Saturday night and had been served and cleared two courses in 45 minutes. We just felt rushed and as if the chef and staff wanted to go home ASAP.
The location and interior are very nicely done; a shame that other aspects let it down.

I had the limited vegetarian options and while the food was OK I felt that flavours could have been more finely balanced; the main course in particular seemed very expensive for what it was.

Thank Scots_english_pair
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babysoda, Owner at The Gathering Place Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2013

Hello,
Thank you for your review. It was very disappointing to receive a review such as this, and quite unusual for us.
I can see by your other reviews that price seems to be a most important aspect and also a lack of vegetarian options, it would be easy for us to buy pre prepared vegetarian dishes and heat them in the microwave, something we would never do, our vegetarian item changes weekly and the content and presentation on Saturday was first class. It takes the chef a full 3 hours to prepare this dish, Roast Pumpkin ,Spinach and Fresh Chick Pea Curry with Fresh Coriander Rice. Everything is "real".and freshly cooked. We will never have vegetarian choices, sorry.
With regard to Adri, our most charming waitress from Hungary, she speaks excellent English!
Sorry that you were underwhelmed and felt rushed.
Best wishes,
Sandie

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

By far the best place locally to eat, amazing beautiful venue, great staff, but the food is simply amazing..... Proper amazing and one of the best places I've ever eaten in in the whole of Scotland! Honest!!!!! Braemar food venues close really early like 8pm (including the big hotel!), I came here at 9pm+ and the chef kindly made me a game pie, which was not only presented beautifully, verging on gourmet quality but was extremely tasty too - I would have eaten heer every night. (The owner is looking to sell and move on if anyone want's to take on an amzing local business - but keep the chef and his team!!). Sold Caingorm Sheep Shaggers Gold too! Always cheeky ordering one!

1  Thank BrenandJo
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babysoda, Owner at The Gathering Place Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2013

Hello Brenanjo,
Wow, what a lovely review!
We are glad you enjoyed eating in our Bistro and hope to see you again if you are ever in Braemar again.
Many thanks,
Sandie

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We first ate here on Sat. 28th Sept. and it was so good we went back on Wed 2nd Oct. We were half an hour early for our booked table on the Saturday and were warned that we might have to wait a while to have our order taken. In fact it was taken quite promptly despite the fact that the restaurant was very busy. Food and service were both excellent on both occasions and we hope to return next year. Highly recommended by two discerning foodies! (Us!).

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babysoda, Owner at The Gathering Place Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2013

Hello from Braemar!
Many thanks for the wonderful review .
We are so pleased that you enjoyed eating here, and indeed, it will be a pleasure to welcome you back next year!
Best wishes,
Sandie

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

The Gathering Place Bistro was host to our party of 10 for the 2013 Braemar Highland Gathering and did not disappoint. The quality of the food was outstanding and the service level, exceptional.
Congratulations to owners Sandie and Ian (Chef) for making the weekend - keep up the great work!
See you next year.....

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Thank McGregorF
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babysoda, Owner at The Gathering Place Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2013

Dear Forbes,
I was a pleasure to have you and your party for dinner, as always!
Really glad that you enjoyed yourselves and hope to see you next year,
Warm regards to everyone and to Carolyn,
Thank you!
Sandie x

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