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The Boat Hotel Bistro

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Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
+44 1479 831258
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 01:00
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst staying on Boat of Garten over Easter weekend we tried to get a table on Friday evening but they were full so we booked for the following evening. The staff were welcoming, great with our 9 year old granddaughter and knowledgeable about the menu. Food was excellent - good portions served hot. The children's menu is not just the... More 

Thank jackieandgrace
Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly recommend this for good food and excellent service. Extensive menu offered catering for wide range of tastes.

Thank John L
Richmond, Virginia
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for a "quick" sandwich and it took over 45 minutes to be served. We each had a different type of sandwich and they were awful. I had a ham and cheese and the ham was the cheap thin stuff you get at the grocery store. The cheese was grated from a package of preheated cheese and it... More 

Thank Jsfarmer
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stayed for a couple of nights mid week a couple of weeks ago. The staff were very welcoming and we had a really nice room with lovely views. The only thing I would comment on in relation to the accommodation is that the bathroom floor had not been fully cleaned with previous water spillages from the previous guests who stayed... More 

Thank PerthshireScOT-IrisH
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Stayed in this hotel for a weekend and used a gift voucher to partially pay our bill. The food in the restaurant was good and the staff very pleasant. Great views from our room which looked over the steam railway station. The village is nice too, with a couple of shops and a cafe/restaurant. The surrounding area is excellent all... More 

Thank SgtCheese
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72 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

For such a small town this is a great little place where we had a great evening meal and a perfect steak!

Thank simonjdawes
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236 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Fish, scampi, steak, burgers- all of the standard favourites with chips and generous proportion sizes. Big sofas by a log fire, good for a large glass of red or a pint after a day on cold mountains!

Thank CathyGilman
Perth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Stayed here for a two night stay in January 2917, in a classic double room, and are in the bar in both nights. The staff were welcoming and friendly and the room was clean, warm and very comfortable. The meals both nights were excellent and I would recommend a visit. The only downside was the cooked breakfast and the porridge,... More 

Thank Elizabeth M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

A definite change of direction since our last visit. More of a bistro style menu - food was excellent. The bar area offers more seating space to encourage a 'meeting place feel' which is very positive. Staff are very friendly although very busy!! Well done to all concerned for the changes you are making!!

Thank JGSF5
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We visit Aviemore twice a year and found this little spot by mistake but was surprised how good the food was so we have always gone back. In fact it used to be the highlight of my wives Aviemore visit. And we've always been pleased with their food and service However, this time was very disappointing. We visited twice as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
Bar, British, Scottish, European, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Badenoch and Strathspey  >  Aviemore  >  Boat of Garten
  • Phone Number: +44 1479 831258
Boat Bistro & Bar. There are few places in the Cairngorm National park where food, wine and location come together as beautifully as The Boat Bistro, we showcase rustic and seasonal fare and re-imagined classics, featuring vegetables, fruits and herbs grown locally combined with produce sourced from the British Isles. Poached, squeezed, pressed, steamed, grilled, wilted, roasted, battered and seared. Our utterly delicious food, from first thing in the morning to last thing at night, will melt on your tongue and always leave you wanting more. Our menus comprise contemporary interpretations of classic British dishes. Our Lunch and Dinner menus also feature daily Best of British specials. It almost goes without saying that we use fresh, local, seasonal produce as the norm.Breakfast offers you a range of cold dishes and freshly baked pastries from the larder. As well as a fully cooked Scottish breakfast, you can order anything from delicate smoked Scottish Haddock to meltingly beautiful Eggs Florentine. If there’s anything else you’d like to eat, just ask. We’re not too posh or proud to make boiled egg and soldier. The Osprey Bar is warm and welcoming, the perfect place to meet, the bar is full of quiet corners. Tuck yourself away with a paper. Enjoy a quiet romantic moment. The Boat Bistro & Bar, you'll find:Best of British specials every day.Breakfast, lunch and dinner, contemporary interpretations of traditional dishes using fresh local produce. Extensive malt whisky selection. Early Bird Dining. We welcome everyone to experience the Bistro & Bar, including guests not staying at the hotel.

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