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The Balmoral Bar

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££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
+44 1339 755462
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming in here for many years whilst on our annual pilgrimage up North and have seen many changes, but one thing is assured - a warm welcome, great atmosphere and good quality food and drink. Love it!

Thank IpswichRita
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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1,376 reviews
560 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 665 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Balmoral bar is clearly the "local" boozer in Ballater and I must say that if I lived here it would be my pub of choice too. As an ex-pat Lowland Scot I almost automatically assumed that it would be a rough and ready place, and I was completely off the mark. This is a smart bar that is cosy... More 

Thank johnhouston2
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

lovely warm and welcoming place to relax in and have a coffee and lunch, would recommend a visit during your stay or stopover in Ballater.

Thank marinersd
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Had a great few hours in here watching a live football match. Supported well by locals. Good food choice on lunch menu. I had macaroni cheese and loved it! Staff very welcoming.

Thank tally505
Merrimack, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My friends and I stopped in to this bar while we were staying in Ballater. The selection is good, and the service is prompt. The bar tender was on top of his game, and no one was left waiting very long to order a drink. We enjoyed a few games of pool, and watched a rugby match with some of... More 

Thank Gary W
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A basic bar full of locals watching football. Staff were friendly enough but the beer wasn't great. not much else to say really.

Thank E5645LDjohnb
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a "locals" bar with dated decoration, large TV screens, ugly and smelly toilets. The food is just average pub food.

Thank Gordon B
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We called in 2015 and 2016, on both occasions we found it a bit boisterous.........and we're no prudes. Lots of swearing etc. Not fussed.

Thank Danielle F
Allanton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Had a lovely meal here. Soup homemade, hubby really liked his steak with pepper sauce. I had the haddock, meal was really good.

Thank palapye
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Popped in today with our toddler for lunch. The Balmoral Burger was spot on - I added extra blue cheese and ordered a toastie for the toddler. Everything was lovely, fresh and tasty. Good quality, no nonsense pub grub. The landlady was very warm and welcoming, and really attentive to everyone. The place was spotlessly clean too. Worth a visit!

Thank Claire C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Television
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Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 1339 755462

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?