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The Clockhouse Restaurant

Main Street, Tomintoul AB37 9ET, Scotland
+44 1807 580378
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lamb” (23 reviews)
“chowder” (14 reviews)
“lemon tart” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
British, Scottish, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Main Street, Tomintoul AB37 9ET, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived without a reservation and were greeted with a smile and treated very well. We enjoyed the Scottish specialty menu items, including the Haggis (our first try of this dish) and Black pudding... both excellent. Some reviewers are complaining about the Eastern European server......More

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere was warm and cosy, the staff were very friendly, polite and prompt to serve despite being virtually full. We both had steak with a choice of sauce which was very good. The prices are what you'd expect for this quality of food. On...More

Thank Ada1249
Reviewed 1 week ago

This really is a quirky little gem of a restaurant...cuddly toys in the window...Really? ...Largest bottle of Whiskey in the world plonked bang in the middle of the place just in case you forget where you are! Master of the house Dru McPherson is a...More

Thank nfjwood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two thousand lightyears from home. Having just landed and finding Earth's gravity very taxing. This was the first hostelry we entered. Adjusting to the exotic change of air, this was just what was needed for the intergalactic gourmet. To be highly recommended!

Thank Mary C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful setting for a wonderful meal. Highly recommended. The restaurant has an old aura, as it was once the village store when the 18th century military road was the main highway. The food is sumptuous and not overly priced. Absolutely go there.

1  Thank David C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I guess some dishes must be ok but the pork steak most definitely was not. The menu has not changed in the last three years. Don't ask for salad dressing unless you are perfectly happy with something close to mayonnaise.

1  Thank Susan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on Sat night with reservations . We were seated immediately and then waited, 10 mins - nothing . I flagged down the friendly Scottish girl who had seated us -who apologized and stated she was new and couldn't take orders. So I asked...More

Thank navigator153
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed one night in Tomintoul and The Clockhouse was recommended. We were not disappointed. The Chowder was exceptional. In fact all the food was wonderful. Staff were friendly and very accommodating. Reasonably priced. Would definitely go back

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What could've been 'n nice evening was spoilt with a rude waiter who actually advised me to not come back after I commented on their weak coffee presented as a double espresso and charged as two espressosMore

2  Thank Andre E
A9CEP, Owner at The Clockhouse Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Richard (Dick), I have spoken to the member of staff in question and have come to the determination that literacy is not your strong point. I would suggest you learn basic manners prior to venturing out in public again and if you work really hard...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017

After driving all morning and well into the afternoon, a break was needed. Tomintoul and the Clockhouse turned out to be exactly what we were looking for. Busy little place for late lunch but service was prompt and pleasant and the menu quite extensive. We...More

Thank Bill H
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Nearby Attractions
The Whisky Castle
146 reviews
.05 km away
Cairngorm Treks - Day Tours
36 reviews
.33 km away
Drumin Castle
20 reviews
.24 km away
Tomintoul Museum and Visitors Centre
12 reviews
.09 km away
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Questions & Answers
Jane L
4 September 2017|
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Response from Vancatwoman | Reviewed this property |
I completely agree with Ben D. this restaurant is best avoided.
22 February 2017|
Response from A9CEP | Property representative |
Hello, Thanks for your enquiry. The Clockhouse is only open from April to October. Sorry we can't serve you at this time. Kind regards The Clockhouse Team
Catherine B
9 February 2017|
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Response from A9CEP | Property representative |
Hello, Absolutely no problem, just let us know when you book and we will be delighted to accommodate your requirements. Kind regards The Clockhouse
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$29 - US$39
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street, Tomintoul AB37 9ET, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Moray  >  Tomintoul
  • Phone Number: +44 1807 580378
A charming 19th Century Highland Inn, located in the highest village in the Scottish Highlands, at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park and the Malt Whisky Trail. The restaurant prides itself on serving the finest local, seasonal produce presented with elegance. We are a small 50 cover restaurant so booking is essential to avoid disappointment.We look forward to welcoming you for good food, good cheer and a very, very large Dram.
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