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The Balmoral Bar

$$ - $$$, British,
1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
+44 1339 755462
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good40%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“great pub” (4 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
$$ - $$$
1 Netherly Place, Ballater AB35 5QE, Scotland
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Unbeknown to us we walked in off the street on a chilly Monday afternoon looking for a drink and some light bite...nope...doesn't do food on a monday or tuesday and therefore the two teenagers not allowed in. For what short time we were in the...More

Thank holdenp109
Reviewed 12 January 2018

A Highland Pub is not the first place you think of when you are in the mood for good fish and chips. Youngest daughter decided that was her menu choice and we stopped at the Balmoral and asked. Staff were friendly and replied; "... Absolutely!...More

Thank tfbbuk
Reviewed 3 November 2017

This was our second visit to the delightful village of a Ballater and, once again, we used the Balmoral as our locall pub. This really is a top bar and has very good staff as well as friendly and sociable customers. We didn't eat here,...More

Thank johnhouston2
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

After a day in the hills my friends and stopped in Ballater for a drink. The Balmoral seemed ok and busy so we ventured in. After a couple of minutes waiting to get the barmans attention we were told that they didn't allow dogs in...More

1  Thank Neil C
Reviewed 17 September 2017

About average for a pub in Scotland, handy if you're in the area and looking for a meeting place with friends or for a quick drink or nibble.

Thank NiallInTheHills
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We were in Ballater for a few days and tried a new place each night. We had a fine time but were a little surprised at the menu, Tex-Mex. Although the food had a distinct Scottish influence, all in all it was really a pretty...More

1  Thank ozark_Roxy
Reviewed 12 April 2017

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

1  Thank David C
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...More

Thank Justin O
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
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
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Samantha R
10 June 2015|
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Response from Mavis1928 |
No unfortunately they don't allow dogs. It's got absolutely nothing to do with health and safety rules, plenty of pubs serve food and allow dogs, what's the problem, they're cleaner than some people?!!!
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff
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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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