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The Boat Hotel Bistro

Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
+44 1479 831258
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good33%
  • Average19%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (27 reviews)
“cranachan” (4 reviews)
“haggis pakora” (4 reviews)
Closes in 23 min
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Deshar Road | Boat of Garten, Boat of Garten, Aviemore PH24 3BH, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We dropped in to The Boat for an evening meal and ordered a veggie burger, and fish and chips. The food arrived extremely quickly, which, for me, is never a good sign, and the burger was still cold in the middle and had to be...More

Thank Silberhorn
Reviewed 1 week ago

We called in for dinner without a reservation and got a table right away despite it being quite busy. Service was prompt and friendly , All of our food options were very good and portions generous. The tables look right on to the steam railway...More

Thank Alasdair S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on the way to Aviemore and after queuing for about 10 minutes were ripped off with a round of drinks costing £20, (3 of these were soft drinks)! We ordered a starter which took ages, but all around us we could here...More

Thank Drew186305
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have eaten here twice in the past week. The first time the food was overpriced but decent (scallops to start, friend had fish pie, I had smoked salmon salad). The second visit I made the mistake of ordering the overpriced beef burger, as did a...More

Thank mlogan2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the haggis, neeps and tatties for the main course, which came with a whisky cream sauce. The sauce was really nice and just added that extra touch to the meal. Staff were friendly but when the restaurant got busy during the England World...More

Thank 8899Donna
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely relaxed atmosphere with friendly, welcoming staff. Had a meal with friends after our wedding. The food was delicious. Compliments to the chef

Thank teresa1212017
Reviewed 12 June 2018

We had lunch here as a family of 4 mid week so it wasn't that busy and were expecting a great lunch as my husband had eaten here before and recommended it. We sat outside in the nice wee beer garden which is dog friendly...More

1  Thank crazylittleferret
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Please read this before booking. This is the first time I have ever had a bad word to say about a hotel as I'm not one to moan but feel this is necessary. Myself and my wife recently had a weekend booked to celebrate our...More

Thank johnwalmsley86
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

We decided to have something to eat at the Boat Hotel Bistro and opted to sit outside. £86 for a single course for four with a soft drink. Pan fried Bream came in a frying pan surrounded with braised red cabbage, swimming in oil and...More

Thank Macleod M
Reviewed 24 May 2018

Dinner was really good, maybe one of the best we had in Scotland, and then was topped by the fantastic sticky toffee pudding! We really wanted to just forget about the rest of our plans and hang out in Boat of Garten the rest of...More

Thank James L
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11 July 2017|
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Response from lisa f | Property representative |
Hello, Yes we are a child friendly hotel. You're more then welcome to visit us with your family.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$29
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
8:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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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