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

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

4.64 out of 5 stars based on 1295 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Dec 01, 2022
Karen m.
Great food, great friendly staff. Booked for our first night back in Aviemore so we didn't miss out. Thanks guys

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 23, 2022
Grace C.
As soon as we entered the service was excellent. Greeted by a very pleasant young man. We were given plenty time to choose what we wanted and as one of us is gluten free he checked everything was right for us. Lovely atmosphere, quality of food was excellent and really good value. We would go again and recommend anyone to go.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 21, 2022
Devon G.
Had a lovely family meal when we travelled from Dundee after the reindeer experience. Very cosy near the fire and lovely food with large portions! Will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 18, 2022
Nikki D.
Great service and food!

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Oct 27, 2022
Pierre R.
Good quality of service and food

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Oct 22, 2022
Julie D.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and time in The Balavoulin. The staff were great, very friendly and professional and would highly recommend the restaurant to other guests.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 09, 2022
Michelle w.
Place has a great buzz about it. Staff are friendly and always make us welcome. Food was well presented and tasty

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 08, 2022
Isabelle M.
Great food, friendly relaxed atmosphere

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Sep 23, 2022
Russell T.
Good wholesome food in a pleasant atmosphere with very helpful and friendly staff. Will definitely visit again when next in Aviemore.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 23, 2022
Nina P.
Great place to stay, very friendly staff . The food was fab , both evening meal and breakfast the next morning ...all served with a smile !. Perfect location for seeing Aviemore too. Would definitely use them again.

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 8/10
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Sep 10, 2022
Sharon N.
The food was tasty, but our server could have been a little more interactive. However I appreciate that many hospitality venues are experiencing difficulties with staffing and therefore they may just have been tired.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 27, 2022
Nicola S.
We had a really lovely family meal. We asked for a table away from dogs and that is what we got. Loads of choice, wonderful food - just slightly pricey but not a complaint.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 13, 2022
John M.
Fantastic service, great food. Really welcoming.

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Aug 05, 2022
Jacqui S.
Lovely meal and service ..

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 29, 2022
Ewan M.
Excellent service, excellent food, staff very helpful, would come back again, perfect setting indoor and outdoor

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 26, 2022
Emma F.
Really good meal and great service! Family and dog friendly, we’ll definitely be back again. Beer garden fab too!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 1/10
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Jul 15, 2022
Louise S.
Friendly staff, gluten free options that were delicious and dog friendly. Perfect.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 08, 2022
Christina M.
The staff we lovely, they were very welcoming even though they were really busy. The food was excellent and came out piping hot. There was a good choice of dishes at reasonable prices.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 02, 2022
Graeme B.
The food was excellent, the staff were excellent, all round it was a great experience. We will definitely be back.

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Jun 24, 2022
David C.
The Balavoulin is a great place to go for a meal. The food quality is great and all of us enjoyed what we had. The staff were very attentive with regular checks to find out if we needed more drinks or anything else. It was also good to have staff that were willing to engage in a friendly way when asked questions such as “what is the meaning of ‘Balavoulin’?” Thoroughly enjoyable and priced at a similar rate to other Aviemore restaurants (which are all slightly on the expensive scale).

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jun 10, 2022
Kerry L.
I always love coming back to the Balavoulin. Always a warm welcome and a great atmosphere right in the heart of Aviemore. The food was lovely, my partner had the Rump steak and I had the Bally burger both were so tasty!! Can’t wait to come back again.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 10, 2022
Graham J.
Everything was great. All my party enjoyed everything we ordered and staff were really friendly.

Overall: 10/10
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May 25, 2022
May W.
Lovely food and attentive service. One of the best places in Aviemore

Overall: 10/10
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May 17, 2022
Dawn D.
This is our 2nd visit. Great wee place to stay. Lovely rooms. Comfy beds. Great food (have to try pizza and Nacho's). Staff lovely. Great value for money. Already booked again for November.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 22, 2022
Laura T.
We booked dinner here last minute and it was the best decision. The food was phenomenal, I have a lactose and gluten intolerance and eating out generally makes me quite nervous but the staff were fantastic about it and I had my first pizza in over two years, it was amazing! We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 18, 2022
Gary B.
We had a great time at the Balavoulin Hotel from start to finish the Staff where 10/10 & The Food was Fantastic . The only thing I would like to suggest is a small chest of Drawers in the Rooms would be good

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 13, 2022
Susan A.
Lovely place staff all really nice and the food was great. Loved the entertainment too.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 13, 2022
Kim S.
Lovely food, good service, will definitely be back!

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Apr 05, 2022
Margaret L.
Everything was excellent, lovely clean room, comfy bed, great breakfast and cheery friendly staff

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 01, 2022
Irene W.
Had a lovely meal, very pleasant and helpful servers

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 13, 2022
Jeanette B.
Friendly staff. Great food.

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Feb 15, 2022
Eilidh M.
Overall service was great! Could have done with a drinks menu… but apart from that had a great experience

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 14, 2022
Ian F.
Lovely hotel with lovely staff will definitely be back

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 8/10
Jan 30, 2022
Deborah S.
The place was great, staff very nice food was good. pudding was meant to be cranachan, but it had no oats! Only cream and raspberry and cost £5.90 this was mentioned to the waitress but we recieved no feedback or discount on the bill. We enjoyed the live music and it was great that we could bring the dog into the pub.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 18, 2022
Nicole M.
Great dinner and drinks. Service was excellent - thanks Jess! X

Overall: 10/10
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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

Overall: 10/10
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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.!

Overall: 10/10
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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.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 08, 2021
Vivien D.
No improvement needed. We thoroughly enjoy The Balavoulin and will return again and again!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Nov 07, 2021
Caroline S.
Pasta was yum. Nice sized portion, hot, fresh veg. Our waitress was really good.

Overall: 10/10
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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!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 30, 2021
Stacy M.
Thank you for a wonderful evening, our family had a great time

Overall: 10/10
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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!

Overall: 10/10
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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.

Overall: 10/10
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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.

Overall: 10/10
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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.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 20, 2021
Fiona S.
The food was delicious, presentation was excellent. I booked for another evening before leaving