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,

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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 - 20:00
Thursday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 12:00 - 15:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:00
Friday
Breakfast - OVERNIGHT GUESTS ONLY 8:00 - 9:30
Lunch Bookings Indoor Only 12:00 - 15:00
Evening Bookings Indoor Only 17:00 - 20:00
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

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.
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.
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.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.66 out of 5 stars based on 698 votes

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Jan 18, 2022
Nicole M.
Great dinner and drinks. Service was excellent - thanks Jess! X

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Dec 19, 2021
robert m.
We’ll cooked food and excellent service .

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Dec 05, 2021
James W.
Everything was excellent

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Nov 28, 2021
Forbes H.
A really pleasant evening out. We loved it. Thank you all at team Balavoulin

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Nov 25, 2021
juliette L.
Sunday lunch had a fantastic menu, Wednesday not so much. Both meals were really tasty. I feel like the fries with the bally burger could be proper chips to up the plate rating. we recommend the venison and roast beef. real ale was lovely , had 1/2's so I could taste more.!

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Nov 14, 2021
Judith S.
Friendly, good attention to detail, attentive service. Food was well prepared and tasty. My husband had the haggis pakora and thought 4 rather than three would be better portion. Excellent other than that. Coffee good too.

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Nov 08, 2021
Vivien D.
No improvement needed. We thoroughly enjoy The Balavoulin and will return again and again!

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Nov 07, 2021
Caroline S.
Pasta was yum. Nice sized portion, hot, fresh veg. Our waitress was really good.

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Nov 06, 2021
John A.
Great service all round. Would highly recommend.

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Oct 31, 2021
Sarah P.
We really enjoyed our meal at the Balavoulin, the burgers were delicious, the ambiance and decor were friendly and warm, and staff were super. We’ll be back next year!

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Oct 30, 2021
Stacy M.
Thank you for a wonderful evening, our family had a great time

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Oct 29, 2021
June H.
Great find in the heart of Aviemore. The young staff here were spot on with their hospitality. All so friendly and attentive. The place itself was spacious, clean and had a lovely chilled out ambience. We were very early for our reservation but were offered our table so we could sit and have drinks first. We never felt rushed into ordering so that they could get other diners in. In fact, they knew the coping capacity for the kitchen and stuck to their reservations only. That made for excellent service. We ordered pulled pork nachos to share - they were huge and divine, black pudding pakoras with home made apple chutney (another winner), then 2 Bally burgers and a chargrilled chicken breast burger. All cooked to perfection and plenty of food! It’s not haute cuisine but excellent quality ingredients and obviously a good chef on board. With 3 pints of lager, 2 large glasses or Merlot, 3 pints of Coke and a double whiskey, the whole bill came to £110 - so excellent value. I’m fussy about where I eat but this place is one I’d go back to!

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Oct 27, 2021
Melanie W.
We loved our 2 night break at the Balavoulin. The food was excellent, staff and service too. We will definitely be back.

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Oct 25, 2021
Kerry L.
The staff were very friendly and welcoming on Saturday 23rd October. The food service was fast and the food was lovely, love coming to the Balavoulin and can’t wait to come back again soon.

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Oct 20, 2021
Vicki O.
Breakfast was served by a friendly member if staff. Everything cooked to perfection. Quality produce. Have stayed in 5 star hotels and had much worse. Would definitely recommend.

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Oct 20, 2021
Fiona S.
The food was delicious, presentation was excellent. I booked for another evening before leaving

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Oct 19, 2021
Emily P.
The food and cocktails were amazing and the staff very attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back

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Oct 15, 2021
Nicolle R.
Excellent services. Haven't been since the change over and what a change couldn't fault it at all. All staff very friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious. Good atmosphere/music Playlist. Good value for money.

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Oct 03, 2021
Albert B.
Always been our favourite restaurant in Aveimore your present management and floor staff have done a great job

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Sep 30, 2021
Dawn O.
Only issue was the noise from either the heating system or someone else's shower system tank on an evening around 8 & music from the bar ... a complaint no, just making an observation over all a very pleasant stay wonderful staff helpful & obliging ... would we stay again most definitely

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Sep 21, 2021
May W.
Lovely place and a great addition to Aviemore. Bonus it is dog friendly

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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.

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Sep 16, 2021
Craig L.
Excellent on every level. Highly recommended!

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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

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

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

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

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Sep 11, 2021
Alan G.
Great service.

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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.

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Aug 01, 2021
Jacqui S.
Beautiful meal and staff were excellent .. especially Sophie

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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

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Jul 24, 2021
Allison B.
A brilliant meal, definitely the best that we had in Aviemore! Thanks so much

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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! :-)

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

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Jul 16, 2021
Morag G.
Excellent . Booking is a must, many people turned away because they had not previously booked a table.

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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.

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Jul 11, 2021
Gil R.
Lovely food and friendly staff.

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Jul 09, 2021
Laura W.
Had a lovely meal.

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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.

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Jul 07, 2021
Gregor M.
Really lovely staff and tasty burgers.

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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.

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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.

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Jun 26, 2021
Ian F.
Brilliant good atmosphere and attentive well mannered staff it was a pleasure to eat there

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

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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.

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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!

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Jun 26, 2021
Chloe H.
Good food and friendly staff

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Jun 25, 2021
Lynda P.
Very welcoming staff and great burgers.

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Jun 25, 2021
Nicola T.
Wonderful pulled pork nachos