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The Balmoral Bar

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
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1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
+44 1339 755462
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place and decor is very tired, the toilets are downright disgusting,, noisy football on the telly is not a great atmosphere beer was warm unlike the welcome from staff

Thank David C
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Went for a beer here as it's about the only 'pub' in ballater. Staff and barmaid were very friendly, but the general lay out and atmosphere was like sitting in someone's front room. Not much choice of drinks and furniture was a bit old and cheap. Very bright lighting which reduced the atmosphere further. Then the local DJ turned up... More 

Thank Justin O
Norridge, Illinois
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This is a great place to have whisky at. It is a nice walk form the Glen Lui Hotel, where we stayed. The prices were great and the service even better. There is a beautiful church across the street which is also a must.

Thank Michelangelo S
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We have been coming in here for many years whilst on our annual pilgrimage up North and have seen many changes, but one thing is assured - a warm welcome, great atmosphere and good quality food and drink. Love it!

Thank IpswichRita
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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1,521 reviews
617 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 709 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Balmoral bar is clearly the "local" boozer in Ballater and I must say that if I lived here it would be my pub of choice too. As an ex-pat Lowland Scot I almost automatically assumed that it would be a rough and ready place, and I was completely off the mark. This is a smart bar that is cosy... More 

Thank johnhouston2
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

lovely warm and welcoming place to relax in and have a coffee and lunch, would recommend a visit during your stay or stopover in Ballater.

Thank marinersd
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Had a great few hours in here watching a live football match. Supported well by locals. Good food choice on lunch menu. I had macaroni cheese and loved it! Staff very welcoming.

Thank tally505
Merrimack, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

My friends and I stopped in to this bar while we were staying in Ballater. The selection is good, and the service is prompt. The bar tender was on top of his game, and no one was left waiting very long to order a drink. We enjoyed a few games of pool, and watched a rugby match with some of... More 

Thank Gary W
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

A basic bar full of locals watching football. Staff were friendly enough but the beer wasn't great. not much else to say really.

Thank E5645LDjohnb
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a "locals" bar with dated decoration, large TV screens, ugly and smelly toilets. The food is just average pub food.

Thank Gordon B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Television
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Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 1339 755462

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