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Buchanan's Bistro

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Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
+44 1330 826530
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We live 15 miles away (considered local around here) and visit Buchanan's regularly when we want a treat. Good for meals with a real local flavour or just coffee and a sit in the sunshine in the warmer months. Staff have always been friendly and knowledgeable. The Barn next door holds live events & exhibitions.

Thank Peter C
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Mid November and daughter and I had a gorgeous lunch on the patio. All the food is wholesome and home made. As a vegan I wasn't sure if they would have anything for me but there was lots of choice. We enjoyed parsnip soup and then shared a crunch platter of olives, hummus, spicy roasted mixed nuts and curried roasted... More 

Thank Kate C
Ellon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for a quick lunch on the way to Aboyne. Was delighted with the range of delicious vegan food available for my mum, including cakes and ice cream. The team are so friendly and knowledgeable about their menu. It was an absolute delight and we'll definitely go back again.

Thank Rachael G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We were passing on route to the craft village and saw the sign near to a supermarket for this restaurant/Cafe and decided to pop in for a coffee. Good move. Very comfortable surroundings, great cakes and good coffee. A good selection of Suki teas too. There's a craft showroom and a theatre. Great place to stop in.

Thank Dave_Connelly
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Had been before for tea and cake (also highly recommended) and were keen to try it in the evening. The staff were friendly and attentive (without being overly so) & the food was first class. We shared a dipping board and the polenta sticks, followed by the special of pork and celeriac casserole, the perfect comfort food on a foggy... More 

Thank mop66
Stirling, Scotland
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172 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very tasty and wholesome and good quality (locally sourced) food in a lovely space with a nice ambiance, and attentive service. ,.

Thank Kenneth1960
Cupar, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Chanced in on this place by accident. Very lively on this Sunday lunchtime. Live folk music, excellent choices available on menu including what I would describe as soups and tapas style availability. They also sell beer brewed on the premises - and excellent it is too. We shared a cheese and charcuterie platter. That and a large bottle of beer... More 

Thank Jeffertonian
London, U.K.
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

We were visiting family in the area who took us here as they love it. The staff were lovely. I thought I would try a herbal tea (I'm not a fan usually) and the waitress was so patient with me describing what they tasted like (I'm very fussy). The bistro was so light and airy and you felt totally relaxed... More 

Thank K9sFriend
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Back again for a lazy lunch! Efficient front of house service led to a nice outside table. The combination of the 'Spanish' Board, fresh bread and a mixed salad was a delight. You must try the pickled garlic! Good luck trying to select a desert from the well-stocked cabinet. We opted for the mixed berry cake - washed down with... More 

Thank 1verdict
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

A pre-concert meal of starter and main course was enjoyed. The starter was a Fish Board; it was truly magnificent and exceeded all expectations. Beautifully presented and so so tasty. A genuine find! The mail course was really good too.

Thank agbarron

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Woodend Barn, Banchory AB31 5QA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Banchory
  • Phone Number: +44 1330 826530

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