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Cafe, Scottish
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Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed 2 May 2024 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our recent visit to Balmoral and would definitely recommend visiting here. We were able to enjoy walks in different areas of the estate including along the riverside, high up in the woods and the gardens around the castle. There...were several other walks available so that you can fully explore the estate. It is very visitor friendly with easy and reasonably priced parking, a very good tearoom and a gift shop for those wanting a souvenir. It’s also a great place to visit with your dog.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 24 April 2024

Had some business in Aberdeen and just decided to visit the castle, it wasn’t open to the public but we managed to just walk around the grounds and took some pictures. It’s a beautiful historical building

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

Ordered vegeterian mozzarella panini, got a baguette heated,melted & hard one. adding to it the ingredients inside were not enough and was very blank. Not even worth for the amount they are charging.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 December 2023 via mobile

First of all this cafe has good sandwiches. Second there are pictures of the Royal 🫅 Family on the wall. Third the people who work are very nice. Lastly, sitting is lovely 🥰.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 November 2023

Such a wonderful spot. Peaceful walks along the river. Coffee shop served what we needed, coffee and sandwiches. Difficult circumstances as they are refurbishing the old tearooms , so reduced menu on offer. One tiny thing , cappuccinos could be hotter!!! Didn't spoil our visit...though. Gift shop was a winner too, plenty to suit every budget.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023

This iconic place is beautiful but only part of the castle itself is open to the public ie The Ballroom. The place is very busy and there is a long queue to get even a sandwich .The gift shop is full of good gifts but...at a price, The car park outside adjacent to the road is very busy and almost full when we attended.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 24 May 2023

We had the privilege of staying in a cottage on the Balmoral Estate for a week. Wonderful experience. Our only disappointment was the restaurant/tearoom. Interested to read reviews from 2022 speaking of afternoon tea, we didn't see that offered and in fact we could not...understand the lack of choice for a "tea and cake" option. The only offerings during our stay were scones, chocolate cake (sometimes) and chocolate brownies, the savoury option being Coronation Quiche which looked most unappetising and very expensive. We just couldn't understand the lack of choice for an addition to a cup of tea or coffee, no pastries, no interesting cakes, not even a Victoria sponge! surely a must. Perhaps this part is still under development but what a lost opportunity even if a local baker has to be relied upon to supply; they even ran out of shortbread in a packet to have with your drink, what a shame. Beautiful peaceful experience staying on the Estate though and hope to return.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 8 May 2023

Popped into the restaurant at Balmoral Castle after a visit to the Castle with friends. We had the soup which was nice but very expensive for a small bowl. The restaurant was clean and pleasant.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023

We visited on a very rainy day but it didn't spoil the visit. We had the audio tour and it was really interesting to listen to all the information, even our two kids enjoyed it. The grounds are beautiful and would be so nice to...enjoy on a dry/sunny day. We visited the tearoom but it's very expensive. We only bought drinks. Car park is £5 and the machines take cash (coins and notes) and card.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023

Very, very expensive for what it is and disappointingly non-sustainable. Our sandwiches were pleasant enough but the menu is very limited. the real disappointment however was after I bought a bottle of water and I went back to ask for a glass because there were...none around, and I was given a paper cup as was my friend who had a tea. I would have expected at least a National Trust for Scotland level of service but this was far below and I think if I were to spend as much money visiting again (which I am VERY unlikely to do) I would certainly not spend it on food where quite honestly I didn't feel valued, I just felt like a number on a conveyor belt.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 20 July 2022

Very thoughtful and good for disabled as they have disability scooters which you can use for the length of your visit. These are allowed into the Ballroom which is the only part of the Castle that can be visited. The Formal Gardens and Glasshouses are...well worth a visit and just to wander the Grounds is lovely. There is a path, a bit uneven in places but the scooter copes very well, that goes down to the River Dee. The area is shaded and cool but has wonderful views over the river. All in all worth a visit.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 16 July 2022

After reading some of the reviews in here we were wondering whether we had made a mistake booking afternoon tea here. We certainly hadn't and we had a really lovely day. It's an uphill walk from the car park to the castle so I was...very pleased to discover that, as I have a Blue Badge, we could drive right up to the castle and park by the estate offices. Our afternoon tea was absolutely delicious, really fresh sandwiches and lovely cakes and scones, plus a delightful waitress called Freya, who couldn't do enough for us. The grounds are an absolute delight and there's plenty to see. You do only go into the ballroom which is a shame, but we already knew that when we booked so no complaints.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 July 2022

go on the coloured walks. hardly anyone there and great to see the Castle from a distance. Well organised Castle tour event if you cant go into many of the rooms.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 30 May 2022 via mobile

Unsurprisingly there are plenty of moaning two hats reviewing their visits here. The cafe was great, the afternoon tea was great. The folk moaning are those who turned up on spec and were expecting butlers to serve them just because they paid a tiny fee...to enter the grounds.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 22 May 2022

I’m writing a review as I read some of these reviews and they’re absolutely savage! The castle and grounds are absolutely stunning!! Yes, you can only go in the ballroom but it’s the Queens private residence so what can you expect and the grounds more...than make up for that. The afternoon tea was so good and the pictures that are on trip advisor must have been taken before some renovations were done because it’s much more light and airy inside. Great selection of food and staff were very accommodating to my pickiness of being vegetarian and disliking eggs. Shout out to Sergio (spelling?) and the other weekend staff who probably don’t get enough praise, who made us feel very welcome.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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