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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't skip over this place. Great food, nice atmosphere, and nice people. Had tea and scones here after a trip to Balmoral

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024 via mobile

What a great find this place was! Called in for some lunch and the menu was really varied. We opted for soup and a sandwich and both were delicious. Good service and will definitely return, the next time we are in Ballater!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 April 2024

The Bothy is #1 and they should be. My wife and I just spent 10 days in Ballater and we ate here almost every single day. All the breakfast and lunch options are delicious and just as important, the coffee is the best in town....We had been in 5 years before and my wife and I were so excited to return. It lived up to the 5 year hype and that is not easy!! I forget all the names, but assume the owner and all the other ladies working the front were the best. You ask, "What should I try?". Well, everything!! Okay a couple of my favorites - The Full Breakfast if you are starving or want to try a little of everything. The Bothy Breakfast is a wee (see how I used that there!) healthier with Yogurt, Granola and delicious fruit. Fried Eggs and the Rolls with Egg and Bacon or Sausage is equally as good. Plenty of Coffee options and alternative milks such as Oat, Almond, etc. Thank you all. We will be back!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 April 2024

Lovely little cafe with a great selection. Our children both have allergies and we were VERY impressed with their menu. Everything was displayed so clearly on the chalkboard menu so without even asking we knew what the kids could have. We did have a couple...of questions and they were answered so well and reassuringly. We will 100% be back here! It isn’t often we feel as comfortable with menus as we did hereMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 27 March 2024 via mobile

Excellent quality food… had the veggie breakfast which was superb with generous portions of everything, catered very well for gf/df/ vegan including cakes. Friendly staff and nice environment and atmosphere.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 March 2024 via mobile

Stopped in by chance as we were starving after a long day of driving. So glad we did, the food was amazing, the coffee spectacular and the staff so friendly. If your are near don't drive past. Oh and the salad dressing is out of...this world tasty.... Oh and there is a wood stove giving the place a really nice feeling...More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 February 2024

Very clean and friendly went for a walk round village and came across cafe. There soup was delicious and staff bet friendly went

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2024

The Bothy is an amazing oasis for gluten free options. Staff are very friendly and most importantly for coeliac disease sufferers, they have a good understanding of the dangers of cross contamination. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast followed by a piece of delicious GF lemon...cake.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

Absolutely wonderful place. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast and my two coeliac children were well catered for with a large choice of gluten free foods. Staff are well trained in cross contaimination. Food was excellent, perfectly cooked and prepared quickly. Baked goods and hot drinks...were also superb, again with gf options. Staff very friendly. Would certainly recommend!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 February 2024

I have just done a Quality Assurance check… still the best breakfast in Royal Deeside! Friendly staff who go above and beyond and delicious food.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 February 2024

A welcoming cafe with tasty coffee and scones (and a huge slice of caramel shortbread). Made particularly special by the lovely staff member who found my mum and dad a copy of the postcard they were looking for. Thank you,

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 December 2023

Fabulous for all the family and such a good selection of gluten free, dairy free options. Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon treat.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 November 2023 via mobile

Enjoyed a nice soup and panini, decent size portions and reasonably priced. Also enjoyed a bounty bar which tasted very nice aswell.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

Busy, happy place with good light lunch fare- friendly forgiving (to tourists) staff. Food was tasty.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2023

Excellent coffee lovely place we’ve been coming here every year at this time and it’s always fantastic ! Great atmosphere and very cosy on a dreich day !!

Date of visit: November 2023
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The Bothy is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5