Tomintoul Food Guide: 6 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Tomintoul

December 20, 2017 Lean Nau

Tomintoul (/ˌtɒmɪnˈtaʊl/ ( listen); from Scottish Gaelic: Tom an t-Sabhail, meaning "Hillock of the Barn") is a village in the Moray council area of Scotland; until 1975 it was in the county of Banffshire.
Things to do in Tomintoul

1. The Clockhouse Restaurant

Main Street, Tomintoul AB37 9ET, Scotland Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$228 - HK$306 +44 1807 580378
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 327 reviews

The Clockhouse Restaurant

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.

Reviewed By Richard M - BC, Canada

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... we found him to be charming and funny. We would definitely eat here again! The world's largest bottle of scotch whiskey can be found here as well... selfie op!

2. The Glenavon Hotel

Main St | The Square, Tomintoul AB37 9ET, Scotland Television, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Pub, Scottish Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks +44 1807 580218
Excellent
27%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 98 reviews

The Glenavon Hotel

Welcome to the Glenavon! We're a friendly village inn with a welcoming bar and a relaxing restaurant area. Come visit us to try some great pub food or just pop in to sample some of our local ales, lagers and whiskies, while relaxing in front of the log fire.

Reviewed By Phil P - Linlithgow, United Kingdom

Popped in for a couple of pints as I was staying locally. Friendly enough service, comfortable bar area with tv and big comfy couches. I noticed a separate area for dining which is a good idea. Tried the local Cairngorm ale on tap which was...MorePity you missed out on the food as we are told our chef is making a positive impact (menus have also changed). Hope to see you again!

3. Old Firestation

37 Main Street, Tomintoul AB37 9EX, Scotland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Highchairs Available Cafe, Soups +44 1807 580485
Excellent
24%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
12%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 115 reviews

Old Firestation

Reviewed By Ewan A - Penicuik, United Kingdom

Whatever you do and no matter how hungry you are, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME going to this tearoom. It is truly ghastly!! We were staying nearby and needed some breakfast before heading off to a distillery tour. Upon arriving, we were told "the menu's on the wall", which seemed a bit strange but we looked anyway and both my wife and I decided to order bacon rolls. My wife was paying and she asked if they took debit cards - "oh we'll have to charge you 60p for that" - what a joke!! Whilst our drinks were being prepared, I went to get milk, sauces and cutlery - again, another Shambles. They offer no fresh milk - only little UHT cartons, which are terrible. They charge 20p per sauce portion - what a total rip-off, so we bypassed those and then noticed the real sting in the tail - 50p to use the toilet if you are a non-customer!! It was clear at this point who we were dealing with - a real Scrooge character!! When our breakfast arrived, we were served with a half-cooked, shop-bought, pathetic-looking baguette that had been rammed with bacon. This wasn't at all what we had ordered as we wanted a bacon roll, so we queried this with their so-called 'chef' and he said that's what they served. The experience was a total disaster from start to finish (£11.55 for two 'rolls' and two drinks!) and upon us heading to leave, I challenged the owner. I said he was false advertising by selling customers baguettes as rolls, to which he said we were the first to complain (which we know not to be true having seen the reviews on here). I then challenged him about the toilet charge, which I said was generally frowned upon in Scotland. He didn't seem to care at all and then to make matters worse, a nosey local decided it was her place to chip in and said that "we didn't need to stay then." Seriously - do not go here! The service is disgraceful, the food is awful and mis-advertised, the decor resembles a dungeon, it's massively over-priced and it's generally woeful. No wonder the place is up for sale and to be honest, the sooner it is sold, the better. Almost anyone with some common sense and some manners in dealing with the general public could make a better job of things than the rank amateurs who are currently running this place!!

4. Bridge of Brown Tearoom

Bridge of Brown Bridge of Brown Bridge of Brown, Tomintoul AB37 9HR, Scotland Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Lunch +44 1807 580335
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Bridge of Brown Tearoom

Reviewed By bcaz2016 - Mesa, Arizona

Stopped in on horseback - nice field nearby to tether horses. Went in with a party of seven for lunch. Great food! Many choices ranging from traditional to more modern cafe style. I chose the traditional 'steak pie' and was not disappointed! Delicious! Attentive and friendly service. Well worth the stop.

5. The Coffee Still

Glenlivet Bike Trails | Kirkmichael, Ballindalloch AB37, Scotland Lunch HK$55 - HK$86 +44 7599 973845
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

The Coffee Still

Coffee Still cafe at Glenlivet mountain Bike trails

Reviewed By avonside - UK

Great cafe - locally sourced fare and offering a good choice between sandwiches, burgers and world class cakes (try the lemon drizzle cake if you think this is an exaggeration). They serve good coffee too. Friendly staff, welcoming - sympathetic to those who've done the trails who need to refuel, and encouraging to those who come in before riding - it's spotlessly clean, warm and relaxed. Even if you don't want to ride the trails (which are excellent btw), the cafe is also worth stopping by if you're visiting the area and wanting to walk or tour the beautiful Glenlivet area.
They have a lovely outside Terrace, facilities to park / wash your bike, and bike hire.
Amazing location in beautiful woodland setting.

6. Gordon's Public House

The Square, Tomintoul AB37 9ET, Scotland Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations Bar, Pizza, British, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +44 1807 580454
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Gordon's Public House

Reviewed By Rara1979 - Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Nice place. Cosy snug area for drinkers. Nice atmosphere. I opted for the roast of the day. It was okay but could have done with more veg. Husband had sirloin steak and it was beautiful. Kids had roast dinner and sweet chilli chicken. Both good. Prices were average between £8-£13. Plenty of choice for drinks.

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