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Buchanan's Bistro

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
+44 1330 826530
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Cupar, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This was a Sunday and we were looking for somewhere to eat. Saw the signs and decided to give it a try. Not a mistake.. Good vibrant atmosphere with live folk music. Good range of home cooked food and locally brewed beer. Definitely a place we will visit again if in the area.

Thank Jeffertonian
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Latest of a few visits to Buchanan Bistro. The food is superb, especially the soup (never disappoints), plenty of different and interesting choices of other things. Service is great too and the place itself has some nice art on display and deli type stuff on sale. Also worth mentioning that its nice and warm, something often overlooked in restaurants, so... More 

Thank Bedders260164
Banchory, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Went for lunch with family during the Festive season, so our appetites were a bit jaded and it was great to be able to share a fish platter plus small dishes of gratin of cheesy leeks (especially good) and a risotto. We ended up ordering a second bowl of bread. My husband loved the jug of shandy, and the ginger... More 

Thank dacp1
Elgin, United Kingdom
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114 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Great spot to stop for a coffee on a nice day. We let the kids play outside and roll down the hill whilst enjoying an excellent coffee and delicious cake. prices are average, but the location is a big draw.

Thank haggistaster
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We live 15 miles away (considered local around here) and visit Buchanan's regularly when we want a treat. Good for meals with a real local flavour or just coffee and a sit in the sunshine in the warmer months. Staff have always been friendly and knowledgeable. The Barn next door holds live events & exhibitions.

Thank Peter C
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Mid November and daughter and I had a gorgeous lunch on the patio. All the food is wholesome and home made. As a vegan I wasn't sure if they would have anything for me but there was lots of choice. We enjoyed parsnip soup and then shared a crunch platter of olives, hummus, spicy roasted mixed nuts and curried roasted... More 

Thank Kate C
Ellon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for a quick lunch on the way to Aboyne. Was delighted with the range of delicious vegan food available for my mum, including cakes and ice cream. The team are so friendly and knowledgeable about their menu. It was an absolute delight and we'll definitely go back again.

Thank Rachael G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We were passing on route to the craft village and saw the sign near to a supermarket for this restaurant/Cafe and decided to pop in for a coffee. Good move. Very comfortable surroundings, great cakes and good coffee. A good selection of Suki teas too. There's a craft showroom and a theatre. Great place to stop in.

Thank Dave_Connelly
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Had been before for tea and cake (also highly recommended) and were keen to try it in the evening. The staff were friendly and attentive (without being overly so) & the food was first class. We shared a dipping board and the polenta sticks, followed by the special of pork and celeriac casserole, the perfect comfort food on a foggy... More 

Thank mop66
Stirling, Scotland
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172 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very tasty and wholesome and good quality (locally sourced) food in a lovely space with a nice ambiance, and attentive service. ,.

Thank Kenneth1960

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Scottish, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Banchory
  • Phone Number: +44 1330 826530

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