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“Wonderful bistro in a beautiful seaside village on the Moray. 100% recommend.”
Review of The Bothy Bistro

The Bothy Bistro
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Burghead
Price range: £2 - £20
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Open seven days and also Friday and Saturday evenings. The Bothy serves locally sourced produce cooked to perfection by our chefs. We have an extensive Gin and Rum Library and import fantastic wines from our friends at Albet i Noya - Spains first organic vineyard. The Bothy serves a range of food to suit all tastes from brisket to bruschetta, macaroni to lobster and gypsy eggs to scallops.
Reviewed 22 October 2023 via mobile

We had an amazing dinner at the Bothy. The restaurant was full which says something. The next thing that says something is the front of house, who was very welcoming and relaxed. The team is young and they did a great job looking after us. The decor is understated chic; F&B blues and complimentary fabrics. Very nice.

The menu was great. Local produce in terms of fish and meat, very well balanced in terms of fish, veg and meat and great options for vegetarians without trying too hard.

As starters we had, an amazing olive tapenade with a bright green olive taste with citrus and anchovies in the background and an amazing roasted heritage carrot hummus. Both dishes were absolutely stunning, with great flavours and building anticipation for the mains.

The mains. One pescatarian and one flexatarian who like sharing. The meat option I remember was a locally sourced burger. As a fish dish, I had Cullen Skink, a dish that originates a few villages down the coast. Visually, it looked incredible: enough creamy sauce with a parsley oil, provided a bed for mussels, trout fillets, smoked haddock and some beautifully crispy potatoes. The flavours were very well balanced and the creamy sauce provided a beautiful accompaniment to all of the solids on the plate. I was reluctant to share.

My dining companion had the roasted beets on a feta cream. The feta cream was thick and creamy, without being cloying and somehow the saltiness was not overpowering. The beets were beatifully cooked: sweet, light charcoaling from the pan and just firm enough to bite.

We also had some grilled greens to accompany which did what they were supposed to.

I'd love to describe the puddings but we were sated after 2 course. Next time. There will be a next time.

Booking essential, I think.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023

Service was sporadic! Had to ask 3 times for bread to go with a chowder and lemon water and dish for shells from mussels. Mussels extremely small and sauce had texture of water. Was offered replacement but rest of party had almost finished their meal so just ate it . Second starter arrived after reminding staff we hadn’t received it . We were sharing starters and other starter was finished before second one arrived!
Not even a free coffee for the fact I didn’t enjoy meal and service was bad!
Won’t be rushing back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Thank cliftoncasper
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

We had visited this bistro before lockdown and found the food to be very good. We returned this September 2023 and what a difference! I think it must have changed hands. We were told to find a seat but were not offered a menu. There was a specials board which consisted of three items, one of which was for sharing. My husband went back to the counter and asked for the menu. The choice was not good as we don't eat meat. There was no indication on the menu as to whether the meals were vegetarian, gluten free, vegan. We got very little in our plate for the price. I had mackerel pate which was accompanied by fingers of bread which was so hard l thought it was going to break my teeth. Will not be visiting again.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Thank Sheila W
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Reviewed 30 August 2023

A truly exceptional night out for our family who numbered 32. The minute we all arrived nothing was too much trouble for the staff of this establishment.
The main room had been set out with 3 tables just as I had booked yet it was so much better than I expected.
The real star of the show was the food. 3 courses ( all pre-ordered ) just amazing. When you are catering for this number and people have come a long way you worry. Ashley specifically told me to relax, this was her job. She meant it. Every dish was immaculate and our every wish was pre-empted.
One of our guests was in a wheelchair: no problem. She left early and was given her pudding to take home. A small detail you might think. Not for her.
An unforgettable night. Thank you.

Date of visit: August 2023
1  Thank Tatty61
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Reviewed 24 August 2023

We came here for brunch and dinner. Fab fish and chips, nice surroundings, friendly and efficient service from staff.

Date of visit: August 2023
1  Thank Christina M
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