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“What A Great Cook!”

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The Garden Arms Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Gardenstown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“What A Great Cook!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

If you are looking for a good pint, a friendly atmosphere, and satisfying food, then you cannot get any better than this pub/hotel. Landlady Lynne is a great cook, and her food represents the best value for money. Goats cheese and oven roasted tomatoes on ciabatta bread - yum. And salmon with maple syrup and chilli - fab! The village is packed with holiday let cottages so to be sure of a place you'd best book ahead. Enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

I had the pleasure of visiting this spot and having dinner there several times. The couple that run it is lovely, and the locals pleasant. If you go, you must try the chicken on their dinner menu, with the whiskey cream sauce, it is to die for and I am still dreaming about it. Book ahead for dinner. Such a beautiful seaside village to wander around.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Lauder, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2011

Very highly recommended, do plan ahead and book for a lovely evening in a homely pub with great hosts. We ate here twice during our holiday in Gardenstown, which is a fantastic seaside village. Both times we had excellent service and delicious, freshly prepared food. Very generous portions, lovely vegetables and I was given a tasty alternative to the roasted veg as I am allergic to tomatoes and peppers. We had steak, fish and chicken, all were yummy. Puddings are equally mouth watering - our 8 year old is reminiscing already about the chocolate pudding and custard. If that's not enough, the menu is also reasonably priced. If staying in or visting Gardenstown, you should book ahead.

Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Birmingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2011

A gem of a pub, warm, welcoming, great beer, great wine, great locals, food sensibly uncomplicated and delicious so book to avoid disappointment. We will be back to take advantage of the great hospitality offered. We were drinkers and eaters there so cannot comment on the accommodation, but if it is half as good as our eating and drinking experience you will not go wrong!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2011

We really could not recommend this pub anymore highly. The owners are so warm and friendly along with the locals. Felt like we belonged. The food was great, plenty of it and you really can't quibble at the price. Do not hesitate get yourselves in there!

  • Stayed June 2011
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Cumbria England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2011

This is the only pub in Gardenstown and it's a great mix of locals and tourists. The very pleasant owners cook all meals fresh, with a heavy emphasis on fish while we were there. The £12 for two courses represented excellent value for money, with the monk fish in pancetta really delicious. Puddings to die for!
BUT you can't just turn up. The phone number is 01261 851260.
I think it's open all year and there are 3 guest rooms which all overlook the sea.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2011

This pub has real character. Owners friendly and feels like your in a living room. Food was very lovely and owners cooked something vegetarian for me on request. Value for money excellent.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Garden Arms Hotel

Property: The Garden Arms Hotel
Address: 69 Main Street, Gardenstown AB45 3YP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Aberdeenshire > Gardenstown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Gardenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome awaits you at our 18th-century hotel. Relax, stay a while, browse the gallery of local arts & crafts including hand-made gemstone jewelery, enjoy a hearty meal (best to book !). Free wi-fi is available, and if it's chilly - a log fire. There's a cosy residents lounge to enjoy a book, music or the sea view. Large selection of malt whiskeys always available. Our dining room (seats 16) is available for special occasions. ... more   less 
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The Garden Arms Hotel Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire

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