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Brown Sugar Cafe

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8 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QP, Scotland
+44 1339 755388
10:00 - 17:00
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Weston-in-Gordano, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for tea and a scone on a very old afternoon. We were met with a warm welcome and the tea, scones, jam and cream were delicious. I would imagine that in the high season the home baked fare will be in high demand.

Thank pedroyates
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good coffee, nice flapjack and a pleasant environment for reading today's newspaper. I enjyed my visit and would come back

Thank D8397AImarks
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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716 reviews
382 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in on our way south and it was great to find cafes still open in winter after 1600 on a Sunday. This proved a great choice for a welcome coffee and homemade Victoria sponge.

Thank Viewlander
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Small cafe, variety of seating, quick service with a smile. Cafe latte was ok but not great. Bought a large one which was too much.

Thank tandemqueen
Monymusk, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

The food in this cafe is unbelievable. The best pepper & coriander soup I've ever had; paninis to die for; and the cheesecake out of this world. Well done!

Thank glebe15
Elgin, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We stopped by before a walk round loch muick. This is a cute little cafe, but what surprised me was that it was counter service for placing your order then food was taken out to you, and you paid on departure, I would think a place this size may offer table service, but with that said, we ordered 2 toasties... More 

Thank Tracy Y
Tucson, Arizona
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241 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Nice Cafe with good but limited menu. Nice staff and simple but clean atmosphere. Nothing really special but decent.

Thank MichelleB1101
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We were devastated when the cafe was closed after the flood last December and still out of action on our last visit in May. Now reopened and excellent for coffee or a simple lunch. Refurbished and better laid out. Continuing friendly service

Thank Douglaspat
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I'm only guessing, but as a coffee shop in a tourist hot spot with at least half a dozen competitors you try...a bit harder? This is amateur 'play at keeping shop' stuff. We had the breakfast special - badly cooked and poor ingredients - so best to avoid. I hope the staff read this review and take it as honest... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Lovely breakfast in a cosy spotlessly clean Coffee Shop. I would have preferred a long sausage instead of a square one, but that is only my personal choice. Friendly Service with a smile from the waitress. We will return again on our next break away for some homemade food and chocolates from the lovely display counter. Toilets are stylishly decorated... More 

Thank Sonia C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Bridge Street, Ballater AB35 5QP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Aberdeenshire  >  Ballater
  • Phone Number: +44 1339 755388

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?