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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
12:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

the food is fairly good and very filling. Around £30 a head including wine. I would go back. The wine list is adequate and the menu is absolutely fine if you're happy with pub grub

Thank stallion20000
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Did not eat here. Their web sit claims to cook food until 9:30. If you come in at 9:00pm on a busy thursday night no food for you. The garbeled explination does not help.

Thank Murray M
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84 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

went for a late Lunch early dinner with Friends, had few pints of the Black gold, excellent, I can recommend the venison steaks, first time my friend had ever tried it he was very impressed.

Thank paul_foulds
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Come to Aviemore a few times a year. This place is now great. Friendly and efficient service, good food and beer. Just what you want!

Thank LHS115
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We revisited the Winkie this year following its refurbishment, very nice inside, pub grub menu was quite extensive, it was busy and the service was good. My only criticism was all of the beers were from Cairngorm brewery which is ok since they own the place but in my opinion not the best.

Thank car0il
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Went in for an afternoon ale while our toddler wap sleeping. Lots of local ales on tap and you can have a "paddle " which is three third pints for the price of one full pint just in case you cant decide which to have. Think its just enough out of the way to avoid the tourist trap feel.

Thank Travellarrrrr
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

This pub is an absolute gem, it's clean, the staff and service is both polite and very reasonable and the food is amazing. 6 of us went for a late lunch, all got something different but tried a bit of everything. The portions are big and everyone agreed on how lovely the food was. If we came back to Aviemore... More 

Thank matthew s
Telford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Arrived on spec, very popular and now I know why... The food is amazing, Cajun spiced salmon a must. Having a short wait we were found a table when most didn't, and felt very privileged. You must book to be sure of a table and it's so worth it.

Thank Sue P
Peebles, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We visited on a weekday evening, the resteraunt was busy, the food was mainly excellent, I did feel my burger was a little undercooked and we did wait quite a while on our meals. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank Vikkis2003
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly recommend this place, they went out of there way to fit us in, great burger & one of the tastiest gin & tonic's I have had 😀

Thank sgG2614NA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$32
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 01:00
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
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?