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Rock Salt and Snails

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2 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QP, Scotland
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Kinross, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting wee café close to the river. Not a huge menu but what they do they do very well eg they lift the usual brie and cranberry sandwich (not on menu but didn't fancy a panino so they changed it for me) by adding venison salami which elevated it to something quite exotic. Enjoyed it so much I made the... More 

Thank skelghyl
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food delicious glad to see restaurant up and running after the floods. A few nice changes interior wise from previous visits. Good service not a huge menu but good choices and of excellent quality. Will be back when next in Ballater

Thank caroleaid
Aboyne, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chill out time to be had here at Rock Salt and Snails , great friendly staff , good choices of food for a quick lunch , all home produced . Cakes and scones to die for ! The sharing platters are great to have with friends and the wine is reallly good and well priced .

Thank EDCruden
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had 2 lunches here during our week in Ballater. Excellent soups and paninis. Good selection of cakes and coffee. Also licences with good selection of gins.Staff very friendly. Blankets available to keep knees warm if sitting outside.

Thank Christine M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful small stylish cafe at the river end of the main street. Very relaxing and great service by the owner who cares about the offer. Will be back.

Thank R0bert1950
Chester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We visited twice during our long weekend in Ballater, the first time just for drinks and the following day for lunch. We had the soup, cheeseboard and pancakes. Good quality food and speedy service while maintaining a relaxing atmosphere.

Thank EmmaM1979
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Very busy (usually a good sign) so popped in with friends. Paid just under £10 for a coffee and a small sandwich (with the obligatory bit of green and half a dozen crisps on the side - such a British thing!). Coffee average and felt somewhat ripped off by food.

Thank jockthestore
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

arrived at 4.30 hot food stops being served at 4pm but the lady owner offered to cook for us but we settled for tea/coffee and scones, Been several times before and this place is always fantastic

Thank 520albertf
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We had lunch here after a long walk the sandwich was perfect but the coffee could have been a little warmer as we added a dash of milk it was simply cold seemed to be busy.

Thank Devonshiredevil
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Nice coffee and beautifully prepared sandwiches fast and efficient service definitely visit again on our next visit

Thank Tahmida K

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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, Scottish, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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?