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The Balavoulin Restaurant

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  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, British, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were taken last min just before food service was due to finish but the food was still delicious, the place had a lovely vibe we didnt feel rushed and bar staff helpful on where else to go in the area

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were told that this restaurant had a nice selection of Scottish food but the menu was clearly more geared to generic pub food. As we pondered our food choice, we selected a couple of beers from the nice selection of taps. We settled on...splitting the pulled-pork nachos and were pleasantly surprised. The portion is enormous and delicious and we ended up eating like we hadn't eaten in ages.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 23 December 2022 via mobile

Visiting here for us has sometimes been a bit if 'a hit or a miss', however on this occasion it was good. We managed to get a table even though we hadn't booked, the menu was a bit light in options, you only got to...order off the main menu if you have booked, however we opted for the classic Nachos to share with a bottle of Chardonnay. The Nachos arrived quickly and the portion was enormous, however very tasty indeed. The place was quite busy for a Thursday afternoon which added to the atmosphere.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 18 December 2022

Came for lunch with the family, friendly guy at bar showed where we could sit and what to do .... ordered food, my partner ordered fish and chips ..... alarm bells went off as on its arrival it wasnt crispy in fact if it fell...on the floor it wouldve bounced back .... it was a tad on tbe fishy side too and not in a good way .... we mentioned it to the young guy he took back to the kitchen.... he came back and apologised and a 'fresh' one was made .... well maybe not that fresh it was from the same batch with the same smell .... £15 was not worth it .... my partner returned and went hungry as was put off .... young man apologised and advised we will get a refund, just pop to the bar ..... went for a refund, and the woman who did it did not even apologise or offer a drink .... strange smell at the bar and we noticed that the food scraps or put in a bin just to the side of the bar .....mmmmm mmmmm .... was a lovely environment and the other food was good .... but we probably wont be back as 2 serve off fish twice was two times too many sorry .....More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 12 December 2022

We were a group of fends in Aviemore for the weekend. There were 11 of us in the party and we chose the Balnnavoulin as we had eaten there the year before and it was lovely. Unfortunately that was not the case this time. The...menu was sparse to say the least and the staff seemed generally uninterested. The icing on the cake was minutes after we left my partner realised he’d left his hat and headed straight back only to be told it wasn’t there but I assure you it was most definitely left there. Altogether not somewhere I’d be rushing back to for any reason.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 3 December 2022 via mobile

I am a dog lover but wasn’t happy about them sitting on the seats in the restaurant. Friendly staff but were clapping the dogs and then serving food. Where is the Health and Safety

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 8 November 2022 via mobile

Crazy policy that you can only get pizza and nachos depending on where you sit ..you also need to book to be able to choose from full menu . We had dogs so could not have take in carpeted area which we understood . We...were then moved 2 tables up and now could have full choice after we managed to ‘book’. Made no sense where we were moved to . When food arrive poor quality and presentation for price . Had much better in other restaurants in Aviemore… However if you have dogs and only want drinks it is good , open fire etc in bar area .More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 28 October 2022 via mobile

We always try and pop in here while in Aviemore and yesterday was no exception. Nice selection of Real ales available along with your normal offerings of lager etc. We had hoped to have a late lunch here, around 4pm, however they seemingly no longer...serve food all day, which ìs a shame. We had our drink and then left, and went to the Cairngorm for our lunch.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 27 October 2022 via mobile

Walked in without booking a table was told there were none available. When I mentioned that there were plenty of empty tables - I was sarcastically asked if I would like to look at the bookings for the evening, the waiter walked away and after...a minute or so a table miraculously appeared!!!!!! The drinks were tasty and flowed nicely, then the food appeared - the chicken goujons were like rubber and overcooked, and the bbq chicken pizza was smothered in sauce and cheese (a heart attack waiting to happen), after a couple of slimy slices I obviously couldn't eat anymore! All of the food was far too salty. In my opinion the food is over priced and over hyped for the quality. On the plus side - the majority of the staff were very accommodating and the atmosphere was good. But guess what - will not be returning, very disappointed!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 October 2022

Really enjoyed our visit last week. Great atmosphere and very busy on Thursday evening. Tasty BBQ chicken pizza. Every member of staff was really friendly and welcoming. Will definitely go back if we’re in the area

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 October 2022 via mobile

Visited here for my partners birthday. We were sat down after a little bit of miscommunication about the name of the booking (they heard me wrong on the phone). We were served by a polite and friendly waitress (with a nose piercing). We ordered the...chicken goujons to start, bbq pizza and Bally burger. All were very hot and good and big portions. However, the one thing that tainted the whole experience was that we received the bill from a young man and before I tapped my card to pay, he asked “will I be tipping”. I’m really hoping he was new because this is just something you don’t ask a customer, it makes the whole thing awkward and uncomfortable. Very disappointed with that.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 15 September 2022

Very attractive and comfortable lounge bar with friendly and efficient staff. The food was very good, as was the beer.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 September 2022 via mobile

Worst meal I've ever had. I would never return. Better off getting a chippy. Don't waste your time or money.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 26 August 2022

Good food, great value and very friendly staff. Would definitely recommend going there. We also went there every evening after our dinners :)

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 22 August 2022 via mobile

The food was great and it was bustling and had a nice atmosphere. Although busy, the service was good. Would recommend the burger which you could tell was fresh and as promoted locally sourced from the local butcher. The curry was excellent too.

Date of visit: August 2022
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The Balavoulin Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5