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The Cairn Hotel Restaurant

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Main Road, Carrbridge, Aviemore PH23 3AS, Scotland
+44 1479 841212
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
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128 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here with family and the level of service and quality of the food were excellent .I would certainly recommend visiting if you are in the area :)

Thank Hancocks
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying at the Carrbridge hotel, just a stones throw away and visited the Cairn hotel by way of a change. The bar was packed and had a great atmosphere but the traditional beer was the real highlight.

Thank Ian_1616
Grantham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been out for the day and realised it was too late to prepare our own meal so called here . We have been several times before but mostly just for a drink in the bar . Nice and warm, comfortable and very busy. This time we had to go into the restaurant for a table. the service was pleasant and... More 

Thank Terry W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We have eaten here a few times when in the area and have never been disappointed. Last visit I had the tempura prawns, large portion size and excellent quality.

Thank dru77
Bedford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Stayed for 4 nights, was made to feel very welcome by staff and locals as it is the local pub too. Great food, evening meals were great and breakfast great. Staff were very helpful with local knowledge and places to see and things to do. Great place to start exploring the Highlands and the Cairngorms. The pub has a great... More 

Thank Guffers
Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We stayed in a local B&B "An Sealgair" and the owners recommended this resturant. It was a Saturday night and was busy, but well worth the wait. Great food and service. Great local beer, try the Wayfairer.

Thank Mark G
Peterhead, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I was a bit wary of stopping in for lunch but it was on our list as it is dog friendly! Our dog wasn't made as welcome as she was in other restaurants around Aviemore however it was a nice place to stop none the less. The food was amazing!! Probably the best meal we had on our whole stay!

Thank SJ1903
Seaside, California
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103 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

I am a foodie, a cook and difficult to please. I did not expect The Cairn Hotel Restaurant to be anything but acceptable. I found it to be very good indeed. The chef was very knowledgeable with his sauces and flavors. An excellent meal at a fair price. Wonderful! I would return and that is the best compliment a reviewer... More 

Thank Martin C
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Huge portions of deliciously cooked food with efficient friendly service. Had read the great reviews and were in no way disappointed. Nothing fancy but very relaxed and great for families or couples.

Thank Deedavybreaksaway
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We left landmark, absolutely starving. drove past this place and hopped in. a bit underwhelming at first, was told "we don't server until 5.30" (it was 5.20 - how about showing us the menus?). However the grub was fantastic. I had the goulash and wife had the game pie. kids has the usual type of stuff but they said it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 23
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, Carrbridge, Aviemore PH23 3AS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Badenoch and Strathspey  >  Aviemore  >  Carrbridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 841212
An authentic highland inn, offering a rustic friendly ambiance to provide a genuine taste of highland hospitality.

Our food is wholesome homemade cuisine using the best local, seasonal ingredients to create a gastro-pub style menu coupled with a relaxed and friendly standard of service.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?