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Brown Sugar Cafe

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8 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QP, Scotland
+44 1339 755388
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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707 reviews
378 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in on our way south and it was great to find cafes still open in winter after 1600 on a Sunday. This proved a great choice for a welcome coffee and homemade Victoria sponge.

Thank Viewlander
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Small cafe, variety of seating, quick service with a smile. Cafe latte was ok but not great. Bought a large one which was too much.

Thank tandemqueen
Monymusk, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food in this cafe is unbelievable. The best pepper & coriander soup I've ever had; paninis to die for; and the cheesecake out of this world. Well done!

Thank glebe15
Elgin, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We stopped by before a walk round loch muick. This is a cute little cafe, but what surprised me was that it was counter service for placing your order then food was taken out to you, and you paid on departure, I would think a place this size may offer table service, but with that said, we ordered 2 toasties... More 

Thank Tracy Y
Tucson, Arizona
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241 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Nice Cafe with good but limited menu. Nice staff and simple but clean atmosphere. Nothing really special but decent.

Thank MichelleB1101
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We were devastated when the cafe was closed after the flood last December and still out of action on our last visit in May. Now reopened and excellent for coffee or a simple lunch. Refurbished and better laid out. Continuing friendly service

Thank Douglaspat
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

I'm only guessing, but as a coffee shop in a tourist hot spot with at least half a dozen competitors you try...a bit harder? This is amateur 'play at keeping shop' stuff. We had the breakfast special - badly cooked and poor ingredients - so best to avoid. I hope the staff read this review and take it as honest... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Lovely breakfast in a cosy spotlessly clean Coffee Shop. I would have preferred a long sausage instead of a square one, but that is only my personal choice. Friendly Service with a smile from the waitress. We will return again on our next break away for some homemade food and chocolates from the lovely display counter. Toilets are stylishly decorated... More 

Thank Sonia C
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Whilst visiting Ballater we normally go to a nearby cafe but it was closed on the day we visited so we were grateful to find this one nearby. We had soup and panninis with two teas. Whilst everything was okay we weren't blown away to be honest. We couldn't decide if the soups we ordered were homemade or tinned, however... More 

Thank sdg111
Karen G, Owner at Brown Sugar Cafe, responded to this review

All our soups are made in the kitchen on the premises from fresh ingredients, and we serve salads, crisps etc. with all our lunches, except where a soup 'deal' is asked for, in which case, the soup replaces the side orders. More 

Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Called in while driving along the river Dee, Staff is extremely welcoming and friendly. All of the cakes have been made freshly in the cafe and a very good choice. The cafe itself is only small but the seating is not squashed in, and plenty of room around the tables to move around. The cafe could be easily walked past... More 

Thank Robert S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 1339 755388

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?