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The Winking Owl, Craft Ale Pub & Bar

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 22/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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PRICE RANGE
US$8 - US$34
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Scottish, Brew Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beer was good, the young bar staff were pleasant but the locals made it clear that holiday makers aren’t welcome. I had seen this in previous reviews but ignored as I assumed they were being loud and unpleasant, but that isn’t the case eg...More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good selection of beers and other drinks. Staff very friendly and accommodating to our needs given we were a large party

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited twice over the weekend while on a 2 night stay in McDonald highland hotel Great atmosphere,live music enjoyed sitting in sun outside Well worth a visit Staff very friendly

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good choice of drinks. Well priced. Parking free onsite or very close by. Clean toilets. Indoor or outdoor seating. Excellent atmosphere.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Okay it was during Covid restrictions, but I had the Mac & Cheese and I was looking forward to it because I like a good M&C, but this was watery and luke warm and I must admit it was the worst I have tasted. I...More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was ok but that was the only positive.the pub is pretty dirty and beer garden furniture looks like it has been taken out a skip. almost cut myself with a nail out the side of a table. Not a very safe environment!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to visit a few times, seemed closed although there was music playing loudly inside. They just have missed a lot of money as well as there were five other groups trying to get in while we were there. Tried again calling before we...More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have visited this place several times now, both before, during covid restrictions and now, and all times good. Good choice of Cairngorm ales on tap. Popped in just for drinks this time, and again we were very pleased with our visit. Sat outside to take...More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 19 July 2021

One of the few places accepting walk up diners! So like the old days. It was a scorchio hot afternoon, the courtyard had umbrellas and booths so felt well distanced and grateful for shade. We had a couple of beers, as this is the brewery...More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 14 July 2021

We visit here regularly always for drinks only Like many businesses in Aviemore they have been hit hard with staffing etc and have done the right thing in closing the kitchens and concentrating on the drinks It has been tough over the last few months...More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Response from AllyRobb | Reviewed this property |
We sat outside with our dog. Not sure about inside though.
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JALH
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Response from lauramB9434WV | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so, no but you can phone and reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Winking Owl, Craft Ale Pub & Bar

Yes, The Winking Owl, Craft Ale Pub & Bar is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Winking Owl, Craft Ale Pub & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5