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Rock Salt and Snails

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2 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QP, Scotland
10:00 - 16:00
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All hours
Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Fife, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We called in for a coffee and cake when staying at Craigendarroch, very good coffee and an exceptionally good carrot cake with chopped cranberries. The scones were also very good. Friendly, helpful staff.

Thank John A
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been visiting Rock Salt & Snails for several years - they serve great coffee and scones/cakes and light lunches. We enjoy the background music - good jazz at a reasonable level - such a pleasant change from most places where it is just loud and seems to be for the staff rather than the customers. We have had lunch... More 

Thank Just1Decibelle
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

pie was delicious, scones were very tasty, and the soup was also very tasty, service was great and we were all kept toasty and warm after a cold walk around the balmoral cairns

Thank BigMac009
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed at Craiggendaroch Hilton up the road & took a visit to Rocksalt & Snails for lunch. Beautiful paninis & bagels at good cost! Big wedge of red velvet after, came away content and full! Will go again!

Thank Timothy W
Adelaide, Australia
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140 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We ate lunch here and were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The decor is fairly rustic and we got one of the last tables left (a good sign). The staff were friendly and vibrant, even though it was quite busy. The menu had a few options and we both decided on a pie (I had the... More 

Thank belairtravellers
Girvan, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

A nice place for a coffee and cake. Very pleasant host. We did not eat a meal but they are available.

Thank auldcreameryGirvan
Warwickshire, UK
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Called in for light lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the food. Lovely serving staff. Long wait though? Snails?

Thank JandJWarwickshire_UK
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Visited today with my elderly mother. Lovely little eatery in Ballater. We both had a spicy thai chicken noodle soup which was very nice. We did not sample the cakes but have to say they looked delicious. Staff were very polite and attentive.

Thank Jquarterman
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We have been visiting the highlands for many years every autumn and the last few years have been dedicated fans of Rock Salt and Snails. It is a wonderful place to have a snack or a lunch etc. Lovely food, all fresh and great cakes too. The recommended lunch for us is the Rocksalt & Snails Platter!

Thank Candu51
Bideford, United Kingdom
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243 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

They have a few outside tables - unusual in Ballater if you are a group of 4. We thought the coffee was good and the service prompt and friendly. Intended to return but ran out of time. Would certainly be interested to sample food. Not open in the evenings when we were there.

Thank Naishcombe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, International, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater

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