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The Boat Hotel Bistro

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Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
+44 1479 831258
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08:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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TheCottage
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72 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For such a small town this is a great little place where we had a great evening meal and a perfect steak!

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Thank simonjdawes
London
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217 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fish, scampi, steak, burgers- all of the standard favourites with chips and generous proportion sizes. Big sofas by a log fire, good for a large glass of red or a pint after a day on cold mountains!

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Thank CathyGilman
Perth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for a two night stay in January 2917, in a classic double room, and are in the bar in both nights. The staff were welcoming and friendly and the room was clean, warm and very comfortable. The meals both nights were excellent and I would recommend a visit. The only downside was the cooked breakfast and the porridge,... More 

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Thank Elizabeth M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A definite change of direction since our last visit. More of a bistro style menu - food was excellent. The bar area offers more seating space to encourage a 'meeting place feel' which is very positive. Staff are very friendly although very busy!! Well done to all concerned for the changes you are making!!

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Thank JGSF5
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We visit Aviemore twice a year and found this little spot by mistake but was surprised how good the food was so we have always gone back. In fact it used to be the highlight of my wives Aviemore visit. And we've always been pleased with their food and service However, this time was very disappointing. We visited twice as... More 

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Thank Deancamp
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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593 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We recently ate here as a family of six and had a good lunch! We all chose something different and the quality of the food was good when it was eventually served! There was only 2 other people in the bar/restaurant when we arrived but the place soon became busy and it was quite obvious there weren't enough staff to... More 

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Thank casswife
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We had a great evening meal in the bar. The staff were friendly & helpful. Lovely log fire & great atmosphere

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Thank MrsT1608
Coldingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This year the food was very disappointing. We had fish and chips gluten free. That fish had to be baked but the chips were overlooked , too brown, soggy and greasy. When we complained we did not get any reduction of price to compensate, just "we'll tell the chef". Food was expensive. Won't go back

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Thank Eleanor C
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5 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here today for lunch - one other couple in the restaurant. Couple ordered fish and chips just before us - waiter then came over to us whilst we were looking at the menu and advised we could only have a sandwich as the chef was 'too busy'. Room was freezing - heating was off and door wide open. Real... More 

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Thank Andrew W
Stanford, South Africa
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Not worth eating there EXCEPT breakfast which is fine. Service is slow- not enough staff and certainly no fine chefs in the kitchen. I expected more and was very disappointed.

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Thank LadyPamelaT

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 27
Cuisine
Bar, British, Scottish, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 01:00
Saturday
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Badenoch and Strathspey  >  Aviemore  >  Boat of Garten
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 831258
Description
Boat Bistro & Bar. There are few places in the Cairngorm National park where food, wine and location come together as beautifully as The Boat Bistro, we showcase rustic and seasonal fare and re-imagined classics, featuring vegetables, fruits and herbs grown locally combined with produce sourced from the British Isles. Poached, squeezed, pressed, steamed, grilled, wilted, roasted, battered and seared. Our utterly delicious food, from first thing in the morning to last thing at night, will melt on your tongue and always leave you wanting more. Our menus comprise contemporary interpretations of classic British dishes. Our Lunch and Dinner menus also feature daily Best of British specials. It almost goes without saying that we use fresh, local, seasonal produce as the norm.Breakfast offers you a range of cold dishes and freshly baked pastries from the larder. As well as a fully cooked Scottish breakfast, you can order anything from delicate smoked Scottish Haddock to meltingly beautiful Eggs Florentine. If there’s anything else you’d like to eat, just ask. We’re not too posh or proud to make boiled egg and soldier. The Osprey Bar is warm and welcoming, the perfect place to meet, the bar is full of quiet corners. Tuck yourself away with a paper. Enjoy a quiet romantic moment. The Boat Bistro & Bar, you'll find:Best of British specials every day.Breakfast, lunch and dinner, contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes using fresh local produce. Extensive malt whisky selection. Early Bird Dining. We welcome everyone to experience the Bistro & Bar, including guests not staying at the hotel.

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