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“nice alternative to larger hotels”
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The Mash Tun
Ranked #2 of 7 Aberlour B&B and Inns
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Denver, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
57 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“nice alternative to larger hotels”
Reviewed 8 June 2010

We were looking for something small and inexpensive for our travels through Speyside, mainly because we tacked this part of the trip onto our vacation at the last minute and needed to reign in the budget. We did a 13-day driving trip through Scotland, and much of it in top-notch accomodations. We thought staying in a pub with rooms would be interesting. The pub is small with a small bar and a few tables, our room was upstairs. We had the Glenfarclas room, which was smaller than what we expected but fine. The building is rounded in front, so our room was curved. I kept bumping my leg everytime I walked around the bed but after I did that twice, I learned to hug the wall. The bathroom was very basic and very small, but the water was good and hot for showers the next morning. We had dinner in the restaurant downstairs, and the menu was more broad than what I expected, and the food good. It filled up quickly with locals coming in for dinner, too. We enjoyed a nice walk in the park along the river Spey, then along the quiet, deserted main street of Aberlour. Breakfast was also good. Not a bad little place to eat and sleep between destinations. Had some noise from people leaving the restaurant but nothing obnoxious and it was short-lived. Biggest surprise about Aberlour was it's the home of Walker shortbread! Smack dab in the middle of the forest!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 April 2010

We were touring some of the local whisky distilleries, and chose this location based on the positive reviews and proximity to the Aberlour distillery (which offers a great tour). Unfortunately, the Mash Tun is badly overpriced for the level of accomodation. The rooms are not bad (though we had a room on the 1st floor, and the other reviewers who mentioned the noise from the bar downstairs making it hard to sleep are correct), but the bathroom is cramped, the room is nothing fancy, and the breakfast in the morning was below average. You would be better off staying at another bed and breakfast (Lynwood was phenomenal) and hiring a taxi if you enjoy too much of the free samples. You would still come out ahead monetarily, and have a much more enjoyable nights sleep.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2009

THIS is not for the rooms but for the restaurant where we have eaten regularly. The food is upmarket pub food, very nicely presented and good food. It is also very good value for money, and interesting as a whisky bar.
However the staff could really work on being more friendly and hospitable, We were spending a lot of money as trying 45 year old whiskies etc, and not a smile nor nod of recognition despite going there often.Cold .

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Berkshire, UK
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Reviewed 30 October 2009

Booked the Mash Tun for my wife and I, and a couple of friends based on Tripadvisor reviews and a quick look at the website. Got to be the best base for a Speyside distillery tour by a long way.

We stayed in the Glenlivet and Aberlour rooms which I believe are the biggest rooms. Clean comfortable, well heated and the Glenlivet has a bathroom you could play 5-a-side in!

Both rooms looked out over the park and the river Spey with the wooded hills beyond Low October sun and the autumn colours certainly raise the spirits first thing in the morning.

The breakfast and dinner food quality is excellent and staff service are friendly, welcoming and efficient, even when I'm only half awake first thing in the morning. Being a whisky bar, need I say the selection of whiskies is fantastic. There are about 50 along the top shelf, and another set of the Glenfarclas Family Cask whiskeys on the other wall dating from the 50s. Whisky heaven! If in doubt ask the locals what to drink.

I've stayed in many of the so-called top hotels, but I'd rather stay at the Mash Tun any day of the week.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

Deciding based on other reviews to give it a try for dinner, we drove from Dufftown and saw their sign. Turning down a little street, the Mash Tun was easy to locate. We loved the atmosphere and food so much, we went there twice! The second night they were full up, so we waited at the bar and enjoyed a few drams before a table opened up. We knew it was worth the wait! Tried the sausages, the pie special, the brie, and cajuned chicken/ribs. All were really tasty. And the service was great! Fabulous little place!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Scotland
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

Normally on business i stay in Elgin but i stumbled across The Mash Tun last year and loved it. So much so, i've never stayed in Elgin since. The accommodation is modern, clean and tidy - rooms are perhaps not as big as say T/Inn but the views of the river, the friendly service from all staff and the great food served both in the evening and at breakfast is simply great. And if you like whisky, there's plenty to chose from! Would recommend this to everyone whether for business or as a tourist - you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled on business
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London
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Reviewed 29 July 2009

This is an excellent place to have an evening meal. We had several meals at this lovely pub/restaurant by the river in Aberlour. The Mashed Tun is a pub but is given over mostly to dining. The food is uncomplicated and beautifully freshly prepared. The bar and easy seating combined with the dining area provide a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The food is very good and it is appropriately priced. Excellent.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Mash Tun
Address: 8 Broomfield Square | Speyside, Aberlour AB38 9QP, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > Moray > Aberlour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Aberlour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
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The Mash Tun Aberlour, Scotland

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