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The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant

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43 Market Street, Macduff AB44 1LL Scotland
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The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant is a family run business situated in Macduff on the beautiful Moray Firth coast in Aberdeenshire. Rated 3* by Visit Scotland, the hotel and restaurant is contemporary and welcoming. There are seven bedrooms in the hotel, five of which enjoy fabulous views across the Moray Firth coast. Rooms are double or twin and are all en-suite. In room facilities include free wifi, flat screen TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Travel cots are available for younger visitors. Scottish and continental breakfast options are included. The Knowes Hotel chefs use the finest local Scottish produce including seafood, meats, game, poultry, fruit and vegetables to create a mouth-watering array of lunches, afternoon teas and evening meals. The hotel bar stocks an excellent range of local malt whiskies, Scottish gins, fine wines and premium teas and coffees. Guests can enjoy the superb views across the Macduff bay from the hotel, including stunning sunsets and frequent visits by dolphins in the summer months, and a glimpse of Northern Lights in the winter months if lucky too! The Knowes Hotel offers Stay and Play golf packages for a range of local golf courses including Royal Tarlair, Duff House Royal and many more across Aberdeenshire, Moray and Speyside. Trump International Golf Links at Aberdeen is 45 minutes’ drive away. The hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Macduff just a few minutes’ walk from Macduff Marine Aquarium. Duff House, a Georgian estate house and gallery, and adjoining woodland walks is just 1.5 miles away in nearby Banff.
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Free breakfast
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Highchairs available
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Complimentary Instant Coffee
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Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Fishing
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Non-smoking hotel
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jellyfished wrote a review 15 May
Glasgow, United Kingdom86 contributions59 helpful votes
Perfectly positioned with a lovely welcome you'll be well looked after at the Knowes Hotel who were extremely accommodating last minute. Room was well decorated and a nice size. A bit too warm but able to open windows to adjust which was no problem at all. Slightly basic hairdryer and tea accompaniments for the price however breakfast was included and adequate (only suggestion here would be upping the sausage quality). Lovely stay will definitely recommend and return
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Sam@banff wrote a review 6 May
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Just back after having a meal here, omgg I couldn't praise the food highly enough, the pork with cauliflower cheese and truffle, potato and black pudding Dauphinoise were to die for. My husband had beef 3 ways and raved about whole dish. We had crème brulee and textures of raspberry once again, delicious. The staff were excellent as well. We will definitely be back next time we are in Banff
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Irene D wrote a review 1 May
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
Visited tonight for evening meal and was disappointed with the menu and service. Our waitress not very polite and not much information from her like the soup of the day and ect and was abrupt! Portion sizes not very big and hardly anything on the desert menu that they had so the waitress informed us after when we wanted to place our order when she should of informed us when she give us the menu. Shame really as I loved coming here and it was for a special birthday meal.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Wayne Stewart, Owner at The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Irene, Many thanks for taking the time to give us some feedback. Our aim is always to please so we welcome feedback like this which gives us opportunity to improve, learn and train . I have to support my front of house team too though as we have a lot of new staff now and we want to build up their confidence and let them get settled in. We only had one dessert that wasn’t available but we replaced it with another. Would you be able too give us a call on 01261 458000 as I enjoy direct engaging with my customers. Look forwards to hearing from you, Kind regards Wayne
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Elizabeth Johnson wrote a review Apr 2022
Elgin, United Kingdom22 contributions6 helpful votes
My husband is a barber and we got recommended to go here by one of his clients who is actually a chef there and omg I’m so glad we went. The food and service was amazing! The view was breathtaking we’re we sat and they had sea through blinds to stop the sun shining in our faces. Would highly recommend!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Loads of parking, beautiful views and great customer service.
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Response from Wayne Stewart, Owner at The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Lizzy, Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. We are delighted to hear you really enjoyed your meal with us & we would love to welcome you back again soon. Many Thanks, The Knowes Hotel Team.
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Derek J wrote a review Mar 2022
Aberdeen, United Kingdom38 contributions11 helpful votes
Having been many times before we knew what to expect from this restaurant and they didn’t disappoint. Whilst it was a lot quieter than usual (Monday) the standard didn’t slip and we enjoyed a lovely family meal. The waitresses even acknowledged my daughters birthday with an en scripted pudding dish, which tasted as good as it appeared!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Wayne Stewart, Owner at The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Derek, Thankyou for taking the time to leave us a review. We are delighted to see you enjoyed your meal with us & we hope to see you back again soon. Many Thanks, The Knowes Hotel Team.
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Lesley75 wrote a review Mar 2022
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We took my dad to the knowes for a birthday lunch, we all had a great meal. I had the fish and the batter was just perfect as always & the home made chips were perfect. I can’t recommend this place enough. Everytime we go the staff are so welcoming, the place is immaculate, the decor is beautiful and the food is always exceptional!! We stay more than 35 miles away but we think nothing of driving to the knowes as it’s always a great place to eat.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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DougieTheJock wrote a review Mar 2022
6 contributions7 helpful votes
After having eaten here and being impressed with both the food and customer service I returned today to purchase a voucher for afternoon tea for two. After having seen the price online I turned up expecting to pay what had been advertised, unfortunately this isn’t how it works. I was told that the prices had been increased last week but the website hadn’t yet been updated. I asked if this was false advertising and advised that I expected to pay the advertised price, I was informed that I would have to pay the increased price. I would have left without making a purchase but after having travelled for 45mins and wanting my parents to be able to enjoy a treat I went ahead and paid for a voucher. Unlike the food this experience has left a bad taste in my mouth.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Wayne Stewart, Owner at The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant
Responded 29 Mar 2022
Hi Dougie, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are still waiting for this to be updated and are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused. We always aim to please but sometimes it’s out of our hands and we can get it wrong. It’s not our intention to upset our valued customers . We hope you can return. Many thanks Wayne and Team
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EdnaMinerva wrote a review Mar 2022
Aberdeen, United Kingdom67 contributions21 helpful votes
This is an excellent hotel both for accommodation and meals Our bedroom and en-suite were small but compensated by the lovely views over Banff and the North Sea. The decoration was of a high standard and both rooms spotless — well done cleaning staff. Breakfast was self service for juice, fruit etc but had a menu which provided a range of cooked foods, more than ample. The dinner menu provided a wide range of dishes for all courses. Emphasis for the main course was on seafood which was so fresh and locally sourced. All food was very well cooked and presented. All staff are a credit to the hotel and were attentive , caring and helpful. We hope to return in the autumn.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Free car parking available Front facing views are advised
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Brian A wrote a review Feb 2022
Aberdeen, United Kingdom58 contributions84 helpful votes
The Knowes is always our first choice for accommodation & food whilst visiting family in Macduff. Food was delicious as always & the room was clean & comfortable with great views out to the sea. Staff were very friendly, attentive & professional. Well done to the whole team & look forward to our next visit.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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815pat wrote a review Feb 2022
Moray, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
Enjoyed a lovely dining experience today. We just turned up without a booking and greeted by warm friendly professional staff. Dining area is beautifully furnished and spotless. Service was prompt and courteous. Food was delicious menu is amazing. Our grandchildren enjoyed the whole experience and were well catered for. Ice cream was exceptionally good. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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US$121 - US$148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Macduff Marine Aquarium (0.3 miles), Macduff Parish Church (0.2 miles), and The Royal British Legion Scotland (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Seafront Cafe & Takeaway, Annies cakery, and Dolphin Fish and Chips.
Is The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Macduff.
Does The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Duff House (1.1 miles) and Salvation Army Citadel (1.0 miles).
Does The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is The Knowes Hotel and Restaurant accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.