The Balavoulin

125 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RL
$$ English

Reservations

Booking Notes:

If you are booking for a party of more than 8, we will call you in order to take a deposit of £10 p/p.
If you have a dog with you please let us know in advance, as not all tables are dog-friendly.
If you require a high chair please let us know in advance.
Reservations currently only available inside, and for dining only.
Any reservations made for drinks only may be refused upon arrival.

Business Info

  • Address: 125 Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RL
  • Cross Street: Aviemore
  • Cuisine: English | Pasta | Pizza | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Inexpensive
  • Category: Pub
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Cash | Apple Pay | Android Pay | Debit |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 01479812255
  • Features: Outdoor Seating, Working Fireplace, Wheelchair Access, Free Wi-Fi, Big Screen TV,
  • Occasion: Dog Friendly,

Photos

The Balavoulin - balavoulin

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 12:00 - 15:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 12:00 - 15:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:15
Wednesday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 12:00 - 15:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:30
Thursday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 12:00 - 15:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:30
Friday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 12:00 - 15:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:45
Saturday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 12:00 - 15:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:30
Sunday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 13:00 - 18:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:30

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We are fully dog friendly outside, and partially dog friendly inside - we have a carpeted area however where our four legged friends are exempt from.
We are opening at the moment from 12pm until 10:30pm (Last orders 9:45!). We run our Lunch Menu 12-3 with Pizzas and Nachos available until 4, and our Dinner Menu 5-8:45. Over the weekends, we also are running Pizza and Nachos until 10pm.
At the moment, no. Currently we are only taking bookings for dining, and for indoor only. It is something we may look into doing at a later period, but currently we want to give everybody as much of a chance as possible to be able to grab a table and enjoy our hospitality.
Currently, due to recommended guidelines, we are only allowing tables to be occupied for 2 hour periods maximum.

Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.67 out of 5 stars based on 366 votes

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 21, 2021
May W.
Lovely place and a great addition to Aviemore. Bonus it is dog friendly

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 17, 2021
Peter W.
Everything from the initial bookings (we went twice), arrival and reception, the meal itself, and especially the staff, was excellent and we have no hesitation in recommending the Balavoulin when visiting the Aviemore area.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 16, 2021
Craig L.
Excellent on every level. Highly recommended!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 15, 2021
Donna R.
Really happy with our stay at The Balavoulin, Aviemore. Friendly pleasant staff, the food was lovely and our room was clean and very comfortable. No complaints whatsoever. Thanks for a lovely stay. Norman and Donna Raeburn

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 14, 2021
Toni B.
We had a fantastic time in this fabulous lively hotel

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 14, 2021
John P.
Excellent food, friendly helpful staff, good atmosphere, easy booking system- couldn’t fault it

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 11, 2021
Stuart D.
Excellent food, service and atmosphere, will definitely be back & would thoroughly recommend.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Value: 9/10
Sep 11, 2021
Alan G.
Great service.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 09, 2021
Lisa A.
Great food and service

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Sep 02, 2021
Fiona S.
Great food ans friendly staff.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 01, 2021
Jacqui S.
Beautiful meal and staff were excellent .. especially Sophie

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 27, 2021
Kevin G.
Family meal to end a long weekend in Aviemore. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and the service. Very reasonably priced also. Will defo be back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 24, 2021
Allison B.
A brilliant meal, definitely the best that we had in Aviemore! Thanks so much

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 21, 2021
Gillian r.
Absolutely fantastic place, amazing service for both me and my dog, great food, caters for all, super highly recommended. I come here more than once every time I’m in Aviemore. The only place to eat! :-)

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 18, 2021
Katrina S.
Very nice friendly atmosphere, our dogs were allowed in too . Food was great , staff were nice . Service was gd

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 16, 2021
Morag G.
Excellent . Booking is a must, many people turned away because they had not previously booked a table.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 11, 2021
Lorna C.
Staff were very friendly, interacting with the clients and having fun whilst still working hard. Food was far better than we expected. We were there both Friday and Saturday and glad we booked. Will be back next time in Aviemore.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 11, 2021
Gil R.
Lovely food and friendly staff.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 09, 2021
Laura W.
Had a lovely meal.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 08, 2021
Fiona M.
Great spot for lunch. Quite busy but we had pre-booked online the day before. At the moment it seems lunch service finishes at 3pm, but for us the 2.30pm sitting was perfect. Service was great, food - I had the burger washed down with a glass of white, other half had the chicken burger which was all smashing, couldn’t really fault it.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jul 07, 2021
Gregor M.
Really lovely staff and tasty burgers.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 05, 2021
Scott B.
Lovely meal and very accommodating staff, can’t fault the place at all. Will definitely be back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 03, 2021
Sue C.
The staff were really friendly and helpful. The menu was limited due to covid, but the food was good. The pub has a nice busy atmosphere but all of the staff were following COVID procedures do you felt safe. I would definitely go back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 26, 2021
Ian F.
Brilliant good atmosphere and attentive well mannered staff it was a pleasure to eat there

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 26, 2021
Angela S.
Staff were really helpful when we got the booking mixed up - made such a difference. Thank you

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jun 26, 2021
Gillian G.
Fantastic staff, very tasty good and such great value. Enjoyed it so much that we visited twice on our 6 day holiday. Thank you.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 26, 2021
Mark S.
Food was great, staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. Cocktails were amazing. Had a great time!

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 26, 2021
Chloe H.
Good food and friendly staff

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 25, 2021
Lynda P.
Very welcoming staff and great burgers.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Jun 25, 2021
Nicola T.
Wonderful pulled pork nachos

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 13, 2021
Geraldine Y.
Service was brilliant and food really good. Friendly atmosphere, slightly cool with door open but these are the times we live in!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 13, 2021
Martin L.
Really enjoyable food and great service.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 13, 2021
Hugh M.
The hotel rooms were very nice. Decor was pleasant. Beds were comfortable. The appetizers were great but the pizza was over cooked making the crust too crispy. The staff were all very pleasant and they were working hard. They seemed short staff; delays in the drinks getting to the table but I have to say that they were all excellent at they job. Breakfast was lovely and the service was excellent.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 30, 2021
Linda N.
Lovely venue and tasty food. Dog friendly too which is a big bonus.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 28, 2021
Katherine L.
Menu could have been bigger

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Jul 21, 2021
Margaret M.
Had a good time catching up with my daughter and grandchildren great service and food will come back

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 20, 2021
Steve T.
Great place for informal dining food is matched by excellent service and staff are to be commended for attentive & courteous service

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 01, 2021
Lynn P.
Really enjoyed the experience staff were really friendly and helpful, we will be back if in the area again. Thanks

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 01, 2021
Sharon M.
Good Gluten free options, gf pizza base with spaniard was delicious. Nachos sharer was lovely too. Portions huge. Table service only due to covid, staff very attentive and quick to bring drinks when ordered.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 17, 2021
Debbie M.
6 of us had a meal with starters and mains, the food was lovely as were the staff however we did have to send a meal back as it was very overdone and cold. We believe this was to do with the hot plate but it didn’t stop us enjoying the meal.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 28, 2021
Brenda P.
Menu restricted due to Covid Would have appreciated more choices

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 26, 2021
Gillian H.
Good service in difficult circumstances due to Covid. Very busy, but dealt with well within a good time frame.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Aug 21, 2021
Andrew K.
Was really nice with great staff and nice beds. Sound proofing and water pressure only little issues.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 14, 2021
Nicola B.
We booked evening meal - I had the vegetarian linguine with basil it was lovely with cooked tomatoes on the vine and garlic bread and lots of basil pesto and pine nuts which I love! It was the best meal out of our stay in Aviemore - I had peach cheesecake for dessert and it was beautifully presented my partner had the fish and chips and it’s a generous portion with a big fish and lots of peas! And he had sticky toffee pudding he would have eaten more of his pudding if he could! Would definitely recommend - Also went back for a gift voucher for family that are visiting Aviemore later this year and had the house nachos before we drove home it’s huge!! The two of us could not eat it all but it kept me full until bedtime! We will be back!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 4/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 03, 2021
Cher R.
We made the mistake of going whilst the football was on which ruined the family atmosphere somewhat. We come here a few times a year and always good, could do with more vegetarian options though even just macaroni or a halloumi burger.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 1/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Jul 25, 2021
Catriona B.
Undercooked fish, we didn't enjoy the meal at all, sorry! Very disappointed!!

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 23, 2021
David G.
Menu was limited but adequate. Dog friendly. Did what we were looking for

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Jul 21, 2021
robert c.
Had a really nice meal and great experience thanks. Will go again soon.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 5/10
Jul 12, 2021
Rosi E.
We enjoyed our lunch. Food was hot and.tasty but a tad pricey for a lunch menu. Also felt there could have been a couple more choices.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jun 27, 2021
THOMAS M.
Great welcome and good honest food which is great value for your money. This is a great place to relax with your family.