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The Winking Owl

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$$ - $$$
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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12:30 - 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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Sompting, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a lovely lunch here. The scallops were well cooked, the Cullen skink was to die for and all other food good too. Lovely service, very friendly. Quite an expensive menu, but overall worth it.

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Thank KateH1964
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Looking around Aviemore it seems like you have a lot of choice of pretty mediocre food. Decent fare aimed at keeping everyone in the family happy. This place is a pretty rough and ready local version of a ski resort bar. But, the service is good and so is the food. The starters are big enough to be main courses... More 

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Thank Dave M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very welcoming, busy bar. From the outside it does not look like much. However it is a hidden gem. Great beer and gin selection. The menu is perfect for an evening after adventuring.

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Thank Colley88
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have visited the Winking every time we are in Aviemore. We have never been disappointed. We visited twice this week the burger with haggis was really good and my wife hade the steak pipe which was packed with filling. Our second visit we shared the Chilli beef nachos, a big serving and great flavour all for £8.50. Brilliant. A... More 

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Thank Adrian W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Over ten years ago when it was a pub with food we only got as far as a few steps in the entrance and left because our feet were sticking to the filthy carpet. This place has been transformed in appearance and is now more food with a bar. It's not a haven for fish eaters and vegetarians and it's... More 

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Thank Killeboy
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice menu and friendly staff in a cosy setting. Can get very busy at weekends. Try their Cullen Skink - wonderful.

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Thank Sandy R
Elgin, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had previously visited Winking Owl for drinks and food looked amazing Booked for a birthday meal for party of 5. Great that the restaurant is obviously very popular but on arrival extremely hot and packed We were squished onto a table for 4. Very difficult to negotiate sharing starter with water/ wine glasses. Main courses were good but did feel... More 

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Thank Tommy246
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely food, great selection of craft beers and gin, great atmosphere - only one complaint way TOO hot! Other than that would definitely recommend and return ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thank emmapark29
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed a meal on Saturday night. There was a good selection of craft beers and the food was plentiful. Friendly staff, drink and nice food What more do you want?

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Thank rogertaboyle
Warrington, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to Aviemore originally in 2016 and skipped eating here due to the menu - not your standard. This year, based on the review we have it a go and really wasn't disappointed. The place itself is beautiful with the big glass windows and interior, couldn't fault this at all. I had the beef burger, which was amazing -... 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?