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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
12:00 - 01:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:30 - 23:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On our most recent visit to Aviemore and the first with our baby girl was coming to an end we decided to have our last meal at the Winking Owl after having our Starters(haggis pakoras and sweet potato soup both fantastic) our daughter became unwell and started throwing up. The staff were very helpful and so courteous they packaged our... More 

Thank Jonathon G
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food at a reasonable price. Very high quality and homemade. Great service. Highly recommended. (The chips are amazing!)

Thank E3194
Moray, Scotland
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112 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had pre booked and perhaps as well given it was quite busy even on a Sunday night. The food was in the main very good, although my wifes burger was very dry. The beer was excellent even if pricey.

Thank TheFeb
Queenstown, New Zealand
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106 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here off season and the place was very busy, which is always a good sign. Had a simple burger and a few drinks with camentbert to start. Food and staff were excellent and down to earth. I imagine this would be a great stop after a day on the slopes when they open.

Thank ianyoung1985
Moray, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We ended up at the winking owl as a second choice after la taverna was closed. It was however a lucky break because we had a lovely meal. The waiting staff were all friendly and did a good job of selling the specials. We had gravalax, scallops, burger and steak pie with 2 craft beers all for £51. The quality... More 

Thank Louise H
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we had the best meal ever here the food was excellent and good prices too , the staff were very friendly and polite , I would advise calling in advance and making a reservation as it seams a very popular place to eat

Thank posseekent
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived in Aviemore on a Saturday and planned to visit The Winking Owl on the Monday but it was closed so we tried Tuesday but it was closed again. We finally managed a meal there later that week and were greeted by a lovely young man named Matthew who showed us to our table and menus were brought. Matthew... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with my partner midweek and it was busy – though they managed to squeeze us in. Really nice, buzzing pub/restaurant atmosphere but not too noisy. Food was delicious and tasty, and good value for money. Staff were wonderful and very helpful. Would definitely return.

Thank RRRob55
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Overall a nice experience but service was a little slow at times and the fish was oily. But the steak pie was amazing. Good selection of cairngorm beers. If you have a few nights it's worth a visit but personally had better food at the cairngorm hotel.

Thank Kirsty K
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great pub! We came for dinner after a long day outdoors and The Winking Owl had delicious food and a cozy feeling. It had a very friendly staff and I had a great sticky toffee pudding. Would highly recommend this place but get reservations! It isn't very big.

Thank vonpajaro

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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$7 - US$31
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
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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?