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The Winking Owl

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££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We dined here as a group of 5 and we all had delicious main courses and desserts! There was also a good selection of wine and beer, the guys were spoilt for choice. The service was great, the waitresses are very friendly and efficient! Would certainly be back next time visiting Aviemore. The only reason I haven't given a 5... More 

Thank Mhari R
Lake District, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had good meal here the previous year and after my latest visit would definitely go back again. This time I had lamb shank, mash and grilled cauliflower, accompanied with a flavoursome glass of Cairngorm Brewery brew. The haggis starter was also tasty with very crunchy batter . A satisfying and enjoyable meal at a reasonable price. The overall food... More 

Thank PescadosGrande
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this restaurant on 23rd March after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. Not sure the overall ratings are justified. I will start with the service. I did not feel that the waitresses were attentive enough although they did ask if everything was fine but by this time I had mentioned that particular point and the rest of my party agreed.... More 

Thank Ian J
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently stayed in Dulnain Bridge and came into Aviemore for dinner. We both had the beef pie and it was just delicious and is, I believe, their signature dish although we didn't know this when we ordered. Would definitely go back next time we're in the area. Service was really good and the staff were friendly and welcoming.

Thank ScotlandBaygirl
Badachro, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Returned to the Winking Owl after probably a couple of decades. We were very impressed by both the food and the service and will definitely be back!

Thank DD2372014
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were 4 having lunch at the Winking Owl. Service was friendly, a good selection of beers and a sensibly sized menu. Between us we had 2 venison, 1 beef pie and 1 fish, all excellent. Bill for 4 main course, 8 drinks plus coffees was approx £100. Decent value for good quality.

Thank davidnofish
Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have recently had 5 days in Aviemore and came across The Winking Owl on our first evening there. We were met with a welcome and were made to feel very comfortable whilst we sat by the bar even though we were not eating. Ashley, the barman, led us through the delights of all the local gins and local beers.To... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had tea at the winking owl on Saturday, which was lovely. and after enquiring how much a taxi would be back to Kingussie so I could decide if I wanted to have a drink or not. The waitress Kate kindly offered to take us back when it shut. And even didn't want to accept a tip for her trouble. Something... More 

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Evening meal for two. Cullen skink very tasty and enjoyable despite fish being overlooked. Beef and mushroom pie also much niceness! Bit dry inside though with gravy poured over top of pie. Perhaps if crust had been cracked a bit before pouring this would have made it juicier inside. Still very nice food though and at a very competitive price.... More 

Thank Jim_ShonaBeam
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here during a short stay in Aviemore, I had venison steak and my fiancee good old fish n'chips, both helped down by a couple of local ales. The meal was well prepared and very tasty. Service was also good and the staff friendly.

Thank Tony P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$31
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 01:00
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
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?