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The Winking Owl

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
+44 1479 812368
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Today
12:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We seen this place online and seen we had to book so we did, we ate here on Saturday evening, food was lovely, staff was lovely walking distance :)

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Thank Clare D
Chicago, IL
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place came highly recommended from our hotel and for good reason! Tried the Cairngorm beer sampler, the game terrine and haggis pakora and fell in love - I wish I lived closer so I could try everything here!!

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Thank Justin K
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your meal and our local craft beers - thank you very much for this great review and the rating. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you visit Scotland when you'll have the chance to sample more of our menu! More 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had dinner there with my girlfriend while on holiday. Service was excellent. Had the haddock and chips, and the sticky toffee pudding. Very tasty food.

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Thank Thomas D
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing and we're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed the haddock and sticky toffee pudding! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you are holidaying in the Cairngorms National Park! More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We only stopped in for a quick drink but noticing that the restaurant was busy and the food looked good we decided to stay for dinner, luckily the waiting staff managed to find us a table at short notice. As we were in Scotland we chose deep fried haggis and cullen skink to start which were both delicious. For main... More 

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Thank tomgriffiths36
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Really great to hear from you - thank you very much for taking the time to post such a detailed and enthusiastic review! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you visit Scotland. More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited twice this trip. Food was excellent and the waiting staff very attentive. Bar man was incredibly friendly and gave excellent advice about which ski slopes to go to.

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Thank shanebrin
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

Thank you very much for reviewing your visits and it's great to hear how much you enjoyed your meals. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in Scotland! More 

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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Good service, was really accommodating with a baby and a 4 year old and was a great meal. Will definitely be returning.

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Thank Kierin R
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

It's always lovely to have families visiting and your children are a delight! Thank you very much for reviewing your visit and we look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in the Cairngorms National Park! More 

Inverurie, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Generous portions Reasonable prices A young lad waiter with personality stood out as a credit to the pub; smiling and with welcoming great customer skills. I don't think the exterior does it any favours .

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Thank Blomk
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

It's great to hear how much you enjoyed your meal and the service - thank you very much for reviewing your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're over this way! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Stopped in looking for some pub lunches and were pleasantly surprised to get an amazing roast. The waiters were friendly and the atmosphere was nice and relaxed. The desserts all looked incredible but unfortunately we were far too full from the good sized roast dinner. Would definitely go back.

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Thank Emma H
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your lunch - thank you very much for the review, rating and recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're in the Cairngorms National Park! More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to eat, friendly staff, generous portion sizes and amazing food. The venison, beef and duck were very good, as was the haggis. The music playlist was also very good!

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Thank Joshua C
Samantha F, Manager at The Winking Owl, responded to this review

We're delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your meals and the staff are so pleased with your rating of their service and their choice of music! We look forward to welcoming you again next time you're visiting the Cairngorms National Park. More 

Badenoch and Strathspey, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having gone to the Winking Owl on a number of occasions a couple of years ago; we always struggled to get a booking when we had tried more recently to do so. I was delighted at the prospect of a return visit; sadly it was not quite as I recalled. Firstly, the updated menu from our earlier visits appeared to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$31
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 23:00
Monday
12:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 123 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Badenoch and Strathspey  >  Aviemore
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 812368
Description
Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 12 noon until 11pm Friday to Saturday: 12 noon until 1am Sunday: 12:30Pm until 11pm Food Served: Monday to Saturday: 12 midday until 9:00Pm Sundays: 12:30Pm - 9:00Pm If you'd like to have a meal, please phone to book a table to avoid disappointment as we are very busy at peak times of the day.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?