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The Winking Owl

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
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12:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had previously visited Winking Owl for drinks and food looked amazing Booked for a birthday meal for party of 5. Great that the restaurant is obviously very popular but on arrival extremely hot and packed We were squished onto a table for 4. Very difficult to negotiate sharing starter with water/ wine glasses. Main courses were good but did feel... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely food, great selection of craft beers and gin, great atmosphere - only one complaint way TOO hot! Other than that would definitely recommend and return ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thank emmapark29
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed a meal on Saturday night. There was a good selection of craft beers and the food was plentiful. Friendly staff, drink and nice food What more do you want?

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Thank rogertaboyle
Warrington, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Aviemore originally in 2016 and skipped eating here due to the menu - not your standard. This year, based on the review we have it a go and really wasn't disappointed. The place itself is beautiful with the big glass windows and interior, couldn't fault this at all. I had the beef burger, which was amazing -... More 

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Thank tottielou
Kemnay, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first Bad Review i've ever done!!! Normally i would have explained my thoughts at the premises, but as no one asked me how the food was and weren't bothered when i was leaving i thought i'd write it down. Basically the food was very dis-appointing. The meat was ok, but bland, but the vegetables were terrible. The... More 

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Thank Peter N
Leeds, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A typical resort pub which was busy and served above the average pub meals. This pub is probably better for groups of friends as opposed to small family groups etc

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Thank FamilyPaul
Halifax, England, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped off a couple of times to quench the thirst. Have a good range of beers, in particular the locally brewed ales from Cairngorm Brewery. Would recommend their ales.

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Thank Adrian B
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and we're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed our range of ales, particularly our local craft beers! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you visit Scotland! More 

ULVERSTON
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197 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thought as this had good reviews that we would try it out. The menu is very limited and some of our friends ordered the fish and chips. They were disappointed as the fish was extremely smal with lots of batter and not much fish. They would have been better going to the fish and chip shop! My meal and my... More 

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Thank DILLICHIP
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service we received was great, efficient and friendly. There was a good selection on the menu and it was just what we were after. Definitely better than your typical pub grub which was a pleasant surprise.

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Thank Mhari R
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear that our food and service was such a nice surprise for you and thank you very much for reviewing your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in the Cairngorms National Park! More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a family meal between Christmas and New Year as the males in the family are big fans of the Cairngorm brewery. Food was great - haggis pakoras were a particular hit. Staff super friendly. Make sure to book a table in advance - it's always packed.

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Thank I-can-tell-you-rock
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiastic review and we're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the food and local craft beers! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in the Cairngorms National Park. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 31
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Badenoch and Strathspey  >  Aviemore
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 812368
Description
Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 12 noon until 11pm Friday to Saturday: 12 noon until 1am Sunday: 12:30Pm until 11pm Food Served: Monday to Saturday: 12 midday until 9:00Pm Sundays: 12:30Pm - 9:00Pm If you'd like to have a meal, please phone to book a table to avoid disappointment as we are very busy at peak times of the day.

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