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Cafe, European, British, Healthy, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped for lunch prior to heading to Aberdeen for the Shetland ferry. Lovely looking establishment with a good selection on the menu. We turned up earlier than expected, but this was not a problem. Helpful, friendly staff. But, pet peeve, please don't clear the table...whilst people are still eating!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely place full of interesting information and rooms. Beautifully decorated old station complete with train carriage. We enjoyed delicious homemade soup. Nice service, well priced.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent spot for lunch or afternoon tea; great food and atmospheric decor. The scones were particularly delicious.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024

We went here for mother's day in March 2024 - the food was wonderful and the atmosphere perfect. I'm vegan and the chef made me a bespoke dish with braised celery and shallots. It was delicious! They should add it to their regular menu. We...loved sitting in what felt like a train carriage with the coat hooks at the end and luggage racks above us. It was lovely and private. I definitely recommend this place for a Sunday lunch. I'm sure we'll be back!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Joanne Croll, General Manager at Rothesay Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2024

Hi Rachelsquirrel. Thank you for taking the time to review your Mother's Day Lunch. We're delighted you enjoyed the dish especially created for you by our chef David. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Reviewed 4 April 2024

Lovely tea rooms and very nice staff. Went for coffee and scones. The coffee cups were rather small. Scones were delicious and big therefore we were finished the coffee before we finished the scones. Would be better if you could get the choice of a...large coffee or even cafetièreMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Joanne Croll, General Manager at Rothesay Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2024

Thank you for taking the time to review the Rothesay Rooms. We serve our standard Americano in a smaller cup as this is how we feel it's taste/strength is at it's best however, we do have larger cups, mugs and cafetières available if you request...More

Reviewed 3 March 2024

Visited for a cup of tea and cake which was very nice and served in the atmosphere of the old station. So impressed we booked for Sunday lunch in the restaurant and was superb. £33 for three courses including Cullen Skink soup, Roast Beef and...a spiced apple crumble! Will be returningMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Joanne Croll, General Manager at Rothesay Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2024

Delighted you enjoyed your lunch today and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 5 February 2024 via mobile

Food was excellent, beautifully cooked and presented. Lots of selection. Dog friendly. Loved the re-built station and its features, good explanation inside on its history too.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Joanne Croll, General Manager at Rothesay Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2024

We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Rothesay Rooms and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 25 January 2024 via mobile

This is more of an atmospheric themed dining experience , as it’s located within the historic Old Railway Station, with a beautifully furnished copy of a royal carriage sitting on the tracks. The enterprise was opened by King Charles in 2015, and all the food...produce is organic and locally sourced. It’s not a massive menu, but quite sufficient , and we’ve found the filled sandwiches and panini with side salad to be very tasty , albeit on the pricey side. It is however, a very pleasant experience to sit here and imagine what it was like back in Victorian times.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Joanne Croll, General Manager at Rothesay Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2024

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Rothesay Rooms and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 20 November 2023

Loved our visit to this rebuilt themed railway station. Everything spotlessly clean with the Victorian period rooms and the copy of a Royal train carriage adding to the beauty of this place. We had the soup of the day (pumpkin); a ham, cheese and red...onion panini (came with a small portion of red cabbage slaw and salad leaves) and coffee. The soup came in a large bowl and the panini a good size so we got what we paid for. If anything, the panini could have been toasted for that bit longer to crisp up and melt the cheese more. Food and drinks were delicious and would most certainly recommend a visit, if only to see the wonderful period rooms. Staff were attentive, they gave me a lot of info about the rooms and the old station. In fact, I almost missed Q Victoria's waiting room until I was told I must see it. This is a bright, warm and very inviting place, being next door to the tourist office it's highly recommended to visit if in the area.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Joanne Croll, General Manager at Rothesay Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2024

We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Rothesay Rooms and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 14 September 2023 via mobile

If you are looking for a upscale place for tea, this is the place. Presentation was 10/10 along with the decor. Food options are a bit limited but the rolls are delightful. Price was high but not unreasonable. Good place for a cup of tea...on a cold tea.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

Most expensive scones on Deeside. We visited for an afternoon coffee and scones. The drinks were satisfactory but the scones were average in quality and size while very expensive at £4.95 for a one scone served with a single pack of butter. No jam or...cream. Not even table service. Very overpriced and under whelming.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 24 August 2023 via mobile

A truly amazing afternoon tea at The Rothesay Rooms in Ballater after a walk round the Cambus O’May trails to build up an appetite !! Plenty of delicious food all locally sourced and even some left to take home !!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023

Great location in the old refurbished train station. Service was good in this cafe but unfortunately the food was very disappointing. The fresh fruit scone was very dry and served with a jelly rather than a proper scottish jam. The Cullen Skink unfortunately was possibly...the worst that we have every tasted, with a strange flavour, little to no fish, and should have been more accurately described as a leek and potato soup so not recommended. The panini we had was ok but we thought the cost of the drinks ordered were simply too high but possibly set that high for the tourist trade. The local tin of beer cost £5 and a small glass of prosecco(125ml) taken from an open bottle costing £8 is simply not worth it. On commenting on our disappointment over the food a refund was offered immediately reflecting the good service.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023 via mobile

We stopped for a bite of lunch. Nice decor and good tea. The afternoon teas also looked very nice. However, service was rather slow when we visited (which might have been a one off) and the paninis we ordered were fine but not amazing.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023 via mobile

We visited twice in one day! For lunch and then for a 5pm cake and coffee treat! The food was lovely and staff were friendly ☺️ The setting is so unique, like an old train carriage, and there is a replica carriage that you can...look at too! Would definitely recommendMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5