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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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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Food served Luke warm and had to be sent back and still awful when it arrived. Microwaved meat pie with overcomes limp vegetables. Very poor.

Thank cdbLondon
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We found that the hotel had a good variety of food to chose from, including very nice Scottish fare. The food we ordered was lovely and based on just that we would eat there again. However, we found the service to be poor- we were left waiting to be seated because they forgot about us, forgot to bring us two... More 

Thank Kerri C
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We had taken the Strathspey steam train and saw the patio when we stopped in Boat of Garten and thought we would go back for lunch. I had a nice Caesar salad and my husband had the fish and chips. You order and pay at the bar and they bring the food to your table.

Thank nancy a
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

The Boat has a fairly simple but certainly very tasty range of menu options. 2 adults and 2 kids got well treated by the staff. Wait time was perhaps a little longer than expected but the waitress took the time to come over and explain that it would be a few more minutes due to a bit of a rush.... More 

Thank Phil G
Gargunnock, Stirling, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We had been recommended by friends to come here, as the food was fantastic. Looked on the website and the pictures looked great. We booked the DB & B package. Looked at the 'Maket Menu' and were not impressed with the choices so asked for the A La Carte menu. This was a bit better but no better than an... More 

Thank Graham D
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

It was a very tasty dinner and a lovely atmosphere. I had the salmon and my partner had a curry dish since it was curry night.

Thank askteacher2222
Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Our room was a bit smaller and more out dated than we expected. The bathtub was amazing though. Staff were friendly and helpful but when my boyfriend went downstairs to order 2 mojitos, they didn't know how to make them. He had to tell them how...they were great mojitos though! The bar area is cosy and quiet. Breakfast the next... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Firstly the positive, yes just one! the starter of the wee ploughmans that was delicious and arrived within 10 minutes of ordering. It's all downhill from here. Our waitress had no knowledge of the beers and ales only that the Belhaven black was the Scottish equivalent of Guinness! Myself and wife were chatting and didn't realise the gap awaiting our... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

If you are looking for something that offers the type of things a "foodie" would enjoy its worth a visit. Good highland hospitality too.

Thank jaimiesmith
Gourock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We took the Speyside steam train to Boat of Garten and had an hour to kill. We sat outside as the sun popped out for a bit and it was very pleasant. We had a sharing platter, which was one of the best I've ever had. It included haggis pakora, chicken fillet strips and smoked salmon. The tradewinds beer was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 28
Bar, European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
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
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
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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