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The Winking Owl

Certificate of Excellence
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
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12:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing food and gorgeous ambience helped along by bubbly wait staff. Definitely recommend to couples.

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Thank wildcombination
Essex, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really good food in a good environment (beef and ale pie is highly recommended). You get a 10% discount if you spend money at the Cairngorm brewery too!

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Thank Peter N
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your visit and for recommending our steak pie - it's one of our signature dishes! We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed it and we look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in the Cairngorms National Park. More 

Suffolk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent family meal. Delicious food and prompt, attentive service. Didn't book a table and were lucky, but I would recommend booking.

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Thank _bramatha
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely comments, the recommendation and the rating - we really appreciate it! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're visiting Scotland. More 

Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for dinner with two children and the baby. The staff were fantastic and he food was too. We had special dietary requirement and nothing was too much trouble. Setting was gorgeous.

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Thank Leanne W
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

It was lovely to have you in - your children are delightful! We're really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you again next time you're up in the Cairngorms National Park. More 

Bucks UK
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28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

9 of us recently dropped in and were easily accommodated. Great food, hot and filling. All food on the menu was locally sourced. Would recommend.

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Thank HMcM
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your meals - thank you very much for the review! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you visit Scotland. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate here for dinner on a busy Friday night. We initially went for a drink but when we enquired about food they were helpful in finding us a table as soon as they could. The food was lovely, freshly cooked and prepared to a high standard. I had nothing to complain about for anything we ordered. The haggis pakora, scallops,... More 

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Rothesay, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here with our two young children and could not have been treated better. They were warm, friendly and fun. Nothing was too much trouble and they made the children feel super welcome putting all of us at ease to eat our meal. The food was served quickly and was exceptionally good quality with great presentation. Every member of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thabk you so much for a delicious meal last night. Prior to going I asked about vegetarian options and fish options and Morag could not have been more helpful she ordered in sea bass specially for my partner and I had an amazing beetroot burger with sweet potatoe fries! I'd highly recommend this lovely place. The atmosphere was super cosy,... More 

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here on the basis of TA reviews and we were not disappointed, definitely worthy of its high rating and if we are ever in town again would go here first. Best to book as its so popular Great food which was reasonably priced and generous portions. Great atmosphere and had we not had a pong child with us could... More 

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Drighlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had Christmas dinner here and I have to say it was great. Preset menu and friendly staff on a festive day, outstanding. Our only failing was not booking it there and then for later in the week as they were full when I decided to ring - so book early. By the way, great selection of local beers of... More 

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Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your Christmas dinner - we enjoyed your company! Thank you very much for reviewing your visit and for the reminder to book at busy times. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in the Cairngorms National Park. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 30
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Badenoch and Strathspey  >  Aviemore
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 812368
Description
Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 12 noon until 11pm Friday to Saturday: 12 noon until 1am Sunday: 12:30Pm until 11pm Food Served: Monday to Saturday: 12 midday until 9:00Pm Sundays: 12:30Pm - 9:00Pm If you'd like to have a meal, please phone to book a table to avoid disappointment as we are very busy at peak times of the day.

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