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“Pleasantly Surprised”

Restaurant at Loch Kinord Hotel
Ranked #15 of 32 Restaurants in Ballater
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British, Scottish, European
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Indianapolis
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75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

We found ourselves at the Loch Kinord Hotel Restaurant one evening because our first option had unexpectedly closed due to staff issues and we had to find plan B. I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food.

I was a little concerned with our first impression. We arrived around 6:30 and no one was in the dining room. They didn't have any tables set up for 4 (must not get many families) but they were able to fit us in. The decor is a little on the stereotypically "inn-ish" and perhaps a little dated / stuffy. Most of the clientele were older couples and dressed a little nicer than us.

All that aside, the food was really good. A had a creamy mushroom starter and the lamb main. The lamb came with a black pudding mash (more potato than black pudding, which was good). Afraid I don't recall what the others had, but all were happy.

Glad we stumbled into it.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Stony Stratford
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72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Excellent food, great service, a bit pricey”
Reviewed 3 April 2013

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place. Superb food (especially the cheese board, yum yum). Great service, nice ambience

Visited March 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Will not disapoint”
Reviewed 28 March 2013

We ate here for three nights on the run and the food was consistantly excellent and well presented. Locally sourced produce is perfectly cooked and well presented and service can't be faulted. Well done.

Visited March 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Lovely food”
Reviewed 3 March 2013

Stayed here for the weekend. The food was exceptional. Had 2 meals and both were wonderful. Loved the lamb with red cabbage and black pudding mash followed by sticky toffee pudding. Yummy. My husband had cheeseboard with 6 different local cheeses.
Next night I tried breast of duck followed by cranberry creme brûlée . Also delicious.
Well worth a visit to the restaurant even if you are not staying at the hotel. The friendly staff completes a lovely evening.

  • Visited March 2013
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Perth, Scotland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Yum, Yum!”
Reviewed 23 November 2012

The Quality of the food , the presentation & the taste! I loved the Salmon Fillet with crayfish limguine so much I had it two nights out of three.

Visited November 2012
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