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Cafe, British, Healthy, Scottish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have come back to this cafe every year for 3 years on our family holiday. I dream of their sourdough cinnamon swirls (which are heaven sent in my opinion and are the only cinnamon buns I eat now) not to mention their delicious venison...sausage rolls. My hubby is a bit of a coffee snob but is thrilled with their selection and regularly asks to come back. It’s always clean and tidy with a modern vibe, being attached to an architectural business which gives it a hipster edge. I feel the selection of food, layout of building and feel are encapsulated by the contrast of the rural landscape and the modern building. There’s also a range of milk options, gluten free and vegan 🌱 goodies! I can’t wait to be back again!More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to stop for a banging coffee. Food also delicious. We had a venison roll and a rhubarb frangipani, would recommend There’s lots of light, space and an overall relaxed welcoming ambiance.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 May 2024

We popped in late ish after a long walk around Ballater. I had the most delicious salad with amazing fresh bread , my husband had a cheese & venison toastie. I couldn’t decide which of the cookies to try so took one of each and...they were both amongst the best I’ve ever eaten. Lovely staff, great coffee, dog friendlyMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 23 April 2024

One of our favourites. Happily go out of our way to visit and have never been disappointed! Don't leave it too late in the day or your favs might be sold out as they're cooked fresh with limited amounts. Great gluten free options and pet...friendly.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 April 2024 via mobile

We visited this cafe twice during our time in Scotland and their food, organic and locally sourced, was very good and well prepared. Venison sausage roll was particularly note- worthy as well as their soups. We did see a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches being...served as well. We look forward to stopping by again when we are in the Ballater/Braemar area. Great coffee and sweets too.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 April 2024

The food and coffee here is without question delicious. This is our second time and deliberately drove out as we enjoyed so much the first time. I would say though that the atmosphere this time was not great and cleanliness not the best. My pet...hate, staff cleaning chairs then using the same cloth to clean the table. The floor was also full of food .. a quick brush would have sorted. Maybe just a bad day but not the friendly welcome we had before and we felt almost an inconvenience arriving an hour before closing. I would still recommend though and as I say maybe just an off day for the staff.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 9 February 2024 via mobile

The staff were very friendly, and the food was absolutely beautiful! Thoughtfully created menu with healthy and delicious, well presented food. Well worth a visit.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 19 January 2024 via mobile

I found the atmosphere dull and boring. The soup was bland. The sausage roll had to be returned to be properly heated. All in all....underwhelming experience not to be repeated

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 November 2023

Absolutely epic top quality food and coffee. Friendly atmosphere, really well worth a visit. Thank you for a wonderful lunch.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

Have visited a few times for lunch and always enjoyed the food and staff are lovely. Home made soups and really nice home bakes on offer and outside seating, which is really nice when the weather allows!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

Absolutely first class cafe. Excellent location on the A93 near Balmoral. Warm and welcoming with lovely ambiance and great food. We had freshly made soup and vegan salads with home baked sourdough. Great coffee too.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 October 2023

We were recommended to visit this cafe as part of our visit to the Balmoral Castle area; it is a mere 2 minutes drive from the Crathie Carpark. We are so glad we did! Not only is the building architecturally designed, the food is utterly...sublime. We shared the venison sausage roll and beef pie with side salads followed by the chocolate/ salted caramel brownie. They were so delicious that we wished the owner had a cookbook. We were served by a delightful Canadian girl. This cafe is an absolute gem! Don’t hesitate.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 September 2023

Really friendly staff, arrived late in the afternoon but accommodate us with kindness, very busy. Lovely feeling and food absolutely delicious. Great salad, venison sausage roll, homemade soup and pie. Took away some cakes to eat late, all boxed wonderfully. A gem of a place....Dogs made very welcome too. High recommended.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 August 2023

Handy stopping place on the way to Glenshee. First class coffee, excellent, slightly quirky eats. The staff are friendly and the service good. This was a first visit but will definitely stop there again when we are in the area.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 August 2023

Fantastic food. Venison sausage rolls were delicious. Cakes were fabulous too and the coffee was great. Options for gluten free and vegan. The GF bread was particularly good. The staff were super friendly. Dogs allowed.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Hi, our menu changes daily and with the seasons. We love to use a range of flavours from around the world in our classic cafe dishes (soups, salads etc) and make our own sourdough products which we use throughout breakfast... More
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5