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Restaurant at Glen Lui Hotel

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British, Scottish, European
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Invercauld Road, Ballater AB35 5RP, Scotland
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This is a homely restaurant with a nice view of the garden, trees and a friendly squirrel or two. The menu is traditional and features local produce. Our party had filet steak which was beautifully cooked and of high quality. The waitress was attentive and without charge provided us with extra Balmoral Bread, and Chips as it was obvious we... More 

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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We ate here twice for both breakfast and dinner. Breakfast perfect. Excellent food small menu but excellent variety. Dinner the choice was great, food cooked exceptionally well. Chicken stuffed with Black Pudding was fantastic and the Mousse dessert was beautiful. Waitress service was friendly and very attentive,

Thank Frankiechelsea
Warwickshire, UK
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Wedding Anniversary meal booked but met up with 4 friends and had a lovely meal. Very friendly and efficient staff. Food delicious with lots of choices and good range of vegetables.

Thank JandJWarwickshire_UK
Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We were well taken care of as soon as we arrived, and served a great meal which was well presented. Although a little pricey it was worth it as the local tradesmen would have benefited too.

Thank _fraser_hunter
Tel Aviv, Israel
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53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Dinner was good, not more then that. Prices are very high and we were a bit surprised at that. You can pay for a 2 or 3 course dinner.

Thank oritkis
Cork, Ireland
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I was surprised at the high standard of food and service at this traditional restaurant. My first trip to this area and it was a pleasure to dine at Glen Lui. Scollops were quite perfect followed by a rack of local tender lamb, beautifully cooked. I strongly recommend a visit to this restaurant albeit a bit pricey but worth it.

Thank Vicki220000
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

The Glen Lui has been a favourite of ours for many years on our trips to Ballater. This year I was disappointed and felt standards were slipping a bit. My starter of mussels, brie in a filo basket just did not work for me. The duck was minimal, 3 slices of breast. Sorry, won't be back..

Thank Joy G
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We stayed in the Glen Lui for a couple of days for our anniversary - and couldn't have chosen a better setting. Set in its own garden / woodland setting over-looking the golf course. We spent our first day sipping wine in the lounge and watching red squirrels play just outside the window. The restaurant is also highly rated, and... More 

Thank ColinMacD_11
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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484 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

We were recommended the steak here by a local and we were not disappointed. It was Aberdeenshire aged steak which was very tender and tasty, even without additional sauces. Perhaps very slightly overdone, but the meat was still very tender. However, it was not cheap, £25 for the steak, but worth it. The rest of the menu sounded nice -... More 

Thank yss97
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188 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

Four of my party of five had the Aberdeenshire aged steak and all of us found the steak to be truly excellent. It was succulent, tasty and tender. Service was excellent. The restaurant has a posh interior to match the prices. The steak cost GBP 25 but it was well worth the cost. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank Leslie L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, Scottish, European
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Invercauld Road, Ballater AB35 5RP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater

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