A gorgeous 20 minutes drive from us, this is a must during your stay. Excellent value, it's affordable enough for more than one visit during your holiday week and once you've sampled the award-winning cuisine you'll understand why. If you're not the designated driver, there's local Deeside ales (from a Banchory micro-brewery) and an excellent selection of Scottish gins and whiskies.
Scottish Chef of the Year 2013/14 and Masterchef of Great Britain, David Littlewood creates award-winning modern Scottish cuisine. Using the best local produce, their exciting menu is prepared with flair and imagination, and served with a relaxed, professional touch. Kildrummy Inn has been awarded 2 AA rosettes for culinary excellence.
Dinner from 6.00 - 9.00pm. Sunday lunch from 12.00 - 2.30pm. Closed Tuesdays. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Address: Kildrummy Inn, Kildrummy, Alford, Aberdeenshire. AB33 8QS
Phone: 019755 71227
This gets our vote! Good value Indian cuisine. And they tell us they're 2014 Regional Winner of the Scottish Curry Awards.
You can order via their website. But we'd recommend going there in person. You get the full city-authentic feel and yet you're out in the country.
Address: Echt, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. AB32 6UL
Phone: 01330 860601
Local coffee shop and restaurant for lunches and dinner. Mainly Scottish cuisine. Decent enough value, you'll over-hear all the Alford gossip in this popular place.
Address: 40 Main Street, Alford, Aberdeenshire. AB33 8PX
Phone: 019755 63154
Haughton Arms Hotel
A couple of miles from us. Bar and restaurant. Indian cuisine is their speciality in their Reubens Restaurant. Mixed reviews - some of our guests say it's pricey for what you get, others have said it's the best Indian they've ever had. Personally, we've found the pub-grub better than the Indian. A fine place for a beer though, and they have a section in the bar with TV sports.
Address: Main Street, Alford, Aberdeenshire. AB33 8WA
Phone: 01975 564219
Only 3 miles from us it's a popular haunt with guests. If you have a good appetite, you'll love it as the portions are huge. Biggest steaks we have ever seen! Good Scottish pub-grub cuisine. Only 3 miles from Acorn Bothy. The place is a bit dated inside and out - mixed feedback about the food - some folk rave about it, others say it's not so good when they get very busy. You decide.
Address: Muggarthaugh Hotel, Alford AB33 8HX
Phone: 01975 581227
Website location: https://plus.google.com/116466897574861987229/about?gl=uk&hl=en
Raemoir House Hotel
Gorgeous surroundings and proper posh grub. Lunches, teas and dinner. The 'H' on the lawn is their helipad... which is handy for any guests who bring their helicopter with them.
Address: Raemoir House Hotel, Banchory, Aberdeenshire. AB31 4ED
Phone: 01330 824884