Where to Eat in Braemar: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 7, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Braemar /breɪˈmɑːr/ ( listen) is a village in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, around 58 miles (93 km) west of Aberdeen in the Highlands. It is the closest significantly-sized settlement to the upper course of the River Dee sitting at an altitude of 339 metres (1,112 ft).
Things to do in Braemar

1. The Gathering Place Bistro

9 Invercauld Road, Braemar AB35 5YP, Scotland Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options HK$110 - HK$659 +44 1339 741234
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

The Gathering Place Bistro

Scottish and British Grill style restaurant with a lovely relaxed atmosphere and a menu to suit all We serve evening meals to suit most tastes but our most popular are our steaks. Our head chef is always prepared to amend a dish to suit your dietary requirements...just let us know. Booking is advisable but not always necessary We look forward to hearing from you Free Wi-Fi for guests Find us on facebook

Reviewed By WalkwiththeDog - Leeds

The gathering place was perfectly positioned , opposite the holiday cottage where we recently spent a week . We had booked ahead and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We were slightly disappointed as the starters, main course and dessert we had chosen from the menu outside, earlier in the day, were all sold out! The Mediterranean platter to share was excellent and my venison casserole was really good. The waiter did seem slightly harrassed, as he was the only front of house staff, and we pointed out that there was broken glass under the table. Nevertheless, a very good meal and we look forward to going back when we are next in the area.

2. The Old Bakery

Mar Road | Ballater, Braemar AB35 5YW, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, British, Scottish Breakfast HK$55 - HK$86 +44 1339 741415
Excellent
52%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

The Old Bakery

A family run coffee house and restaurant servicing locally sourced ingredients for Traditional Scottish and Authentic Italian Cuisine.

Reviewed By skiboy_robertson - Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

After doing a bit of golf, walking and touring of the beautiful Cairngorm National Park which is still wind turbine free we decided to head back to Buchan via Glenshee, Braemar and Ballater.
For lunch we stopped at Braemar and visited the same café as we did the last time we stopped here.
This was a special request from the boys who thoroughly enjoyed the hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows last time round.
Safe to say it was smiles all round after lunch which makes a visit to the local burger joint look expensive yet we enjoyed fresh fruit, vegetables and good home cooking along with the hot chocolate drinks during our visit.
As I said to the girls on the way out 'see you next year '.

3. Taste Braemar

Airlie house, Braemar AB35 5YT, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$8 +44 1339 741425
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 178 reviews

Taste Braemar

Reviewed By TCR555 - Doncaster, United Kingdom

Stopped of whilst visiting Braemar. The staff were extremely polite and offered great service. We ordered coffee and homemade scone, we'd had large Scottish breakfasts at our hotel a couple of hours before so weren't very hungry. The coffee was piping hot and the scone, served with butter and jam, was delicious.
We saw various food being delivered to other tables and it all looked delicious. The clip board menus are a nice touch and the contemporary decor is delightful.
We can highly recommend this great little cafe to you!

4. Gordon's Tearoom & restaurant

20 Mar Road, Braemar AB35 5YL, Scotland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$55 - HK$133 +44 1339 741611
Excellent
36%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 247 reviews

Gordon's Tearoom & restaurant

Full breakfast menu, hot filled rolls and a wide snack menu. Lunch menu with daily specials. Wide selection of delicious home made cakes and scones. With a good choice of gluten and dairy free options available.

Reviewed By 37Wyatt - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Travelling from Glasgow to Huntly via Glen Shee, this was a great place to find.
We had smoked salmon, prawn sandwiches and hummus panini. All served with side tasty bits and salad. Refreshing soft drinks as well. We were pleasantly welcomed and enjoyed every morsel.
Thank you!

5. Moorfield House

Moorfield Chapel Brae, Braemar AB35 5YT, Scotland Television, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Dinner +44 1339 741244
Excellent
74%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Moorfield House

Reviewed By Atpbai - Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Would like to write a review but am afraid I can't comment on the food. Went there for breakfast with my wife but we were told they don't serve breakfast. On the same day went there with my family (a group of 8) and were told they cannot accommodate a table for 8, so I suggested two tables for 4 and was told that there was only 3-staff on duty and they could not handle 8-people. We are in Braemar for another week but will not waste our time trying this place again

6. Restaurant at Glen Lui Hotel

Invercauld Road, Ballater AB35 5RP, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible British, Scottish, European Breakfast, Dinner
Excellent
68%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Restaurant at Glen Lui Hotel

Reviewed By Andy1234andyAndy - Dunoon, United Kingdom

I'd gone for food last year. Was well over priced and pretentious which was fine, I wouldn't of normally complained.
I'd gone to the toilet and gotten lost, then I heard the guy who seemed to be running the show mention the table I was sitting on. He was in his office and talking to a member of staff but the doors were open, it's also half open plan. I was amazed to hear that he was very clearly talking about me and my partner. I couldn't believe what he was saying, he was making fun of us, trying to whisper but I heard every word. It was horrible and I can't repeat what was said it on here. The guy later told me he was the owner. I left very depressed and it ruined my night, there was absolutely no need and I'd been nothing but polite. He took our bill, acting in his fake manner - being extremely polite, then I noticed he kept smirking - probably at the fact he was just making fun of us with his staff.

7. Braemar Lodge

Glenshee Road, Braemar, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi British, Scottish Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +44 1339 741627
Excellent
41%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 203 reviews

Braemar Lodge

Postcode AB35 5YQPhone 013397 41627

Reviewed By Adrian0902 - Zaragoza, Spain

They treated me very well, despite I arrived late, without booking, and not properly dressed as I could compare with rest of customers.
She recommended me to ask for the game pie, and was really delicious. (Of course you need to like game stews)
I didn't like too much red wine they served, but I will tell I'm too used to high quality reds from my region

8. Hungry Highlander

14 Invercauld Road, Braemar AB35 5YT, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible Scottish, Fast Food, British Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Dinner HK$86 +44 1339 741304
Excellent
32%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
12%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 78 reviews

Hungry Highlander

At the Hungry highlander we aim to provide the best of local produce available. All food is cooked to order so please allow time for us to get it just right for you. We have freshly made hot and cold rolls, a large selection of chip shop food, tray bakes & tea/coffee etc. Our food is cooked with superior vegetable oil.

Reviewed By Daninska - Winchester, United Kingdom

The thing about fish and chip shops is that they are easy to benchmark, and this chippy sits firmly mid-table. The portions were about right, the haddock freshly cooked and the chips acceptable, however neither were exceptional. Service was okay, however we seemed to have arrived at rush hour (8pm) and the staff clearly had a lot of orders to juggle so we had to wait a while to be served (they close at 8.30pm). There was no Seating inside however there are picnic tables outside which we took advantage of. The sauces and condiments are free, and the side orders reasonably generous. I'd be happy to return, but wouldn't make a detour.

9. The Bothy

Invercauld Road, Braemar AB35 5YP, Scotland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +44 1339 741019
Excellent
68%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 496 reviews

The Bothy

Coffee shop serving breakfast, lunch, coffees, teas and wine and beers.

Reviewed By Alta-Monza - Scotland

Lovely cafe with lots of tables inside and out, as it was a nice sunny day we chose to sit out on the decking at the front. It's not table service you place your order and pay at small area with cakes and scones on display, we were just having coffee and cake but was served with a smile and was very nice. Would return.

10. The Meet Again Tea Room

Perk hill Rd, Lumphanan, Scotland Cafe +44 1339 883776
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

The Meet Again Tea Room

Reviewed By HarryRoberts24 - Leatherhead, United Kingdom

Brilliant tea room just off the main road in Lumphanan. Home-made scones and cakes, excellent coffee and/or speciality teas. Pots of home-made local jams for sale. Very warm welcome from the owner - Ros Buckingham. We recommend visitors try the local rambles devised by Ken (Ros's husband) which take in local sites of historic interest. Its a very good stopping off place before/after visiting local Castles (many of which lack refreshments). Strongly recommended

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