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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Australian, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A 2007 vintage Scottish themed pub with tartans and Tennant's but otherwise very tenuously Scottish and seemingly more Irish menu items than Scottish. Still, big pub meals and better prices for food and beer than most pubs around here so it's incredibly popular with old...locals.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 January 2024

The best salmon and schnitzel I have ever had! And the plain gravy....oh it's the best I have ever had. Huge portion sizes for the kids. Great atmosphere. Very clean and tidy. Great service. Just quality food. Love their new York cheesecake. I will definitely...be returning and recommend to anyone who visits Bowral or Mittagong. Hands down the best restaurant in the Southern Highlands and not paying an arm and a leg. Be a return customer for sure!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

Booked for lunch with friends Warm welcome and great food with exceptional service. Menu had a good selection of all pub favourites as well as select items and daily specials. The Guinness beef and potato pot pie was exceptional. All meals were served together and...so pleasing to note that no plates were removed until all of our party had finished their meals. A small thing but something I see as etiquette . Luke took great care of us with his dedicated service, sense of humour and ensuring we had plenty of time to make our choices. All staff looked like they were enjoying their work. Also noted the emphasis on cleaning tables and chairs as soon as patrons left. Thanks again for a wonderful pleasant and enjoyable lunch enhanced by the wonderful service and quality of food.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023 via mobile

What a great find. The menu is so good something for everyone. Meat, chicken, pork, fish and the usual pub favourites as well. I settled for the pie. Absolutely fabulous what a generous serve. The meat and potatoes inside just melted in my mouth. Lots...of desserts on offer as well all reasonably priced. The staff are so very friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed the visit and will certainly return.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 1 July 2023

This is my second visit to this Bistro went this time with a big group but cannot fault the food.I had a Chicken Schnitzel,the chicken was very tender and really liked the salad.I think my husband was on cloud 9,he had a Black Angus Rump...Steak with peppercorn sauce ,said it is the best steak he has ever eaten and loved the sauce so we are going back!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 15 June 2023

Great place for a night out, plenty of room around the tables and the food was excellent. Car park is huge, and the staff are very professional. Would heartily recommend.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 May 2023 via mobile

Lovely family friendly pub with delightfully friendly staff and great food. The Peking Duck spring rolls were a little oily but the pork ribs were some of the best we’ve ever had.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 19 May 2023 via mobile

We have been here many, many times. This was a late decision when a relative made a late decision to visit. We got a booking at a good time, which was lucky, and had a lovely experience. I love sausages and gravy, and I must...admit, this serve was the best I have ever had. The Lamb Cutlets, and Chicken Balmoral were also very good. ( as reported) The portions were generous, and the food hot, fresh and tasty.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 15 May 2023 via mobile

The meal was very substandard. Arancini frozen in the middle and the lamb cutlets almost raw. Worst food experience eva

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 7 May 2023

We found this place by an off chance and decided to book for dinner for my 14th daughters birthday. We had 10 guests including one with a mobility scooter. From the moment we arrived everything was amazing, One daughter who was previously a Restaurant Manager...of a well known restaurant train couldn't fault it either. The waitress came and took our orders, the meals arrived at the same time, considering there were 2 other tables with guest sizes the same number or more which was a feat in itself. Some of guests are fussy with their food and we had no complaints. The peking duck spring rolls were so moist. All meal sizes were very generous which you rarely see anymore. The Hotel is covered in Scottish memorabilia and the owners daughter introduced herself and took me on a little tour of another room, myself coming from Scottish descent. The tables were very well spaced so the mobility scooter has no troubles moving through all sections of the venue. The Accessibility toilet was well spacious for the scooter to manaouver to access the person's requirements without needing multiple 3 point turns which are usually required. We will definitely be coming back again shortly, we'll worth the hour drive!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 19 April 2023 via mobile

We are from Melbourne and we were visiting friends who took us to the Bradman Museum in Bowral. We stopped here for lunch, and I have to say it was one of the best meals I have had. I had the grilled salmon which was...cooked to perfection. The vegetables accompanying it were also cooked perfectly and the sauce was delicious. I would highly recommend having a meal here. All the meals were delicious. The service was also perfect. Having been a pub owner myself, I say we’ll done and keep up the good work .More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2022

People with allergies should be aware. We unfortunately had a bad experience at the Scottish Arms. It advertises itself as a family friendly restaurant. We let the wait staff know we had a 3 year old with a severe egg allergy. The waitress discussed with...the kitchen and told us there was packet wheat only pasta available. We asked for that and a different waitress returned with a plate of pasta. Thankfully, my wife noticed the pasta looked fresh and we asked the waitress if this had egg in it. She said it did and then took the egg pasta away. She came back with the wheat pasta we had ordered. The two waitresses apologised. Nobody from the kitchen or management came to explain whether they’d be looking into what happened or changing processes. We were then charged for the meal (just the one pasta) and left. My wife later rang the pub (outside of peak times) to talk through the issue and the person she spoke to was largely indifferent to it. He attributed it to “human error” and offered us a meal (we live out of town). He gave no information about how this could be avoided in the future, even when asked. To be clear (and as my wife explained), we weren’t after a free meal. We wanted assurance that arrangements are in place to avoid this happening again. The child is severely allergic and, even though we carry an Epipen, his egg allergy has sent him to the ER in the past and almost killed him. We have tried to explain to the Scottish Arms that a repeat of this experience could result in a child dying. However, they apparently don’t consider this near miss warrants a review of their processes. This is our effort to let customers know (and remind management) of the risk. Otherwise, I found the schnitzel a little rubbery and can’t recommend the food is so great that you would ignore the risk above.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 27 August 2022 via mobile

On a round trip scenic drive. Great food, great atmosphere, great service ( with 2 staff down). Highly Recommend

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 25 July 2022

Ordered a "rare, but not blue steak" this evening on a solo night out to support a local venue. Presented with a medium to well done steak. Definitely not what I ordered. Given the expense, I sent my very first meal EVER, back to the...kitchen. In what I can only presume was a middle finger from the chef, my replacement was delivered to the table and announced by the waitstaff, as 'blue'. Definitely not what I had originally ordered. It was very blue and I was unable to eat it. What a waste of a good steak. Should have taken it home for the dogs in hindsight. I did pay full whack for my meal, because the staff were great and felt it unfair to penalise them – but was incensed enough to write a review here given the chef's reaction.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 20 July 2022

A busy place to visit, but a lot to look around at while you are waiting. The staff were great and attentive to dietary needs. Great customer service and a good range of local and imported beers and wines

Date of visit: July 2022
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Absolutely something for everyone at the Scottish Arms.
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it's a pub/restaurant, not an offie, i'd guess not.
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