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Angus & Ale

55 Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1JT | www.angusale.com

As the name suggests, this place focuses particularly on hamburgers and ale, but with chicken and veggie options.

The burgers are anything but plain with the top of the range ones being complemented with local Auld Lochnagar cheese no less!

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Cafe Treehouse

Midmar, Aberdeenshire AB51 7NB | www.cafetreehouse.com

The popularity of Cafe Treehouse as a stopping-off point in Aberdeenshire is not just down to the cafe, but also the attached retail shops which offer all sorts of quirky homewares and also sell furniture, home decor and paintings by local artists.

Treehouse Cafe, itself, is open for breakfasts, lunches and traditional afternoon teas. The service is friendly and attentive.

Cafe Treehouse is a Community Interest Company run by local charity Inspire Ventures.

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Carmelite Hotel

7 Stirling Street, Aberdeen AB11 6JU | 01224 589101 | www.carmelitehotels.com

The restaurant in the Carmelite Hotel, right in the centre of Aberdeen, within easy walking distance of the station andthe main shopping malls. I felt the restaurant was almost too minamalist. I prefer an ambience that is a bit special.

That said the food was good and the service friendly, although there was one false start with the wrong starter and mustard had to be requested for the steaks (most restaurants would offer).

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The Chester Hotel

59-63 Queen's Road, Aberdeen | 01224 327777 | www.chester-hotel.com

The IX Restaurant seats up to 96 diners and there is also a private dining area for up to 24 on the Granite Balcony. Having taken over the former Simpson’s Hotel the new owners have set their sites to be one of the top restaurants in Aberdeen.

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The Cow Shed

Raemoir Road, Banchory, AB31 5QB | Telephone 01330 820813 | www.cowshedrestaurantbanchory.co.uk

Situated on the outskirts of Banchory, the Cow Shed offers views out towards the Hill of Fare. A modern, spacious restaurant with a feature wine cellar behind a glass screen, the Cow Shed manages to combine a sense of occasion with an informal style.

There is space to enjoy your dining experience and our party of seven found plenty of choice on the menu.

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9 Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen | www.cupcafe.co.uk

Cup calls itself a cafe and has a particular focus on an extensive range of teas and coffees, which you can complement with delicious looking bakes.

But it deserves a restaurant listing because it also offers excellent breakfasts and lunches. It has become a favourite stop for brunch or just for a coffee, tea and a light bight.

Beware it is a very popular stop so getting a table at peak times can be difficult.

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70 Carden Place, Aberdeen AB10 1UL | 01224 625577 | www.pbdevco.com/dizzys.html

I used to think the name was inspired by Benjamin Disraeli, now I wonder if it is Dizzy Gillespie.

Whatever, Dizzy's has been a popular diner at Queen's Cross for many years. Originally it was in the basement of No 1 Queen's Cross - the George Washington Wilson house which is now the Clydesdale Bank. Since then it has migrated just across the road into Carden Place.

The long-term owners and operators have just sold the restaurant in 2015, but it is in good hands with the former Stage Door restaurant. Surprisingly, for a bar, at the time of writing it is closed on Sunday and Monday.

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Eat on the Green

Udny Green, Udny | Tel 01651 842337 | www.eatonthegreen.co.uk

A family run restaurant in the lovely setting of Udny Green, between Inverurie and Ellon.

A favourite venue for meals with family or friends, Eat on the Green specialises in fine food, imaginatively prepared and beautifully presented. Eat on the Green is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunches and dinner.

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10 Burn Lane, Inverurie AB51 4UZ | 01467 670065 | www.fennelrestaurant.co.uk

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A great atmosphere in this restaurant just behind the High Street in the centre of Inverurie. Fresh food imaginatively prepared makes this an enduring favourite.

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10 North Silver Street, Aberdeen AB10 1RL | 01224 652959 | www.fusionbarbistro.com

Chic bar bistro in the heart of the city, close to Golden Square. The menu is simple with a choice of just three or four starters, main courses and sweets.

The welcome is warm and the service is efficient. You are invited to taste a wine before making a commitment.

Fusion is, thank goodness, not a place that tries to please by piling your plate high. This is more about quality and presentation than quantity and – although opinions are entirely subjective – it is one of our favourite diners. It is not cheap, but quality like this never is.

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Granite City Grill

Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre, 31 St Andrew Street Aberdeen AB25 1JA | 01224 451444 | www.granitecitybarandgrill.com

Restaurant within the Hillton Garden Inn, just off George Street, near the Bon Accord Centre. This restaurant is enjoying good reviews for the freshness of the produce and good service.

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Granite Park

8 Golden Square, Aberdeen, AB10 1RB | 01224 478004 | www.granitepark.co.uk

Set in Aberdeen’s elegant granite square, Golden Square, behind the Music Hall, Granite Park uses fresh, local ingredients.

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50 Chapel Street, Aberdeen | 01224 639500 | www.howies.uk.com

Well known in Edinburgh and now the Aberdeen restaurant is well established. Howie's probably suffers from the fact that is does not have a "theme". But as a good, unpretentious restaurant it rates well.

It has a large main dining room and two private dining rooms.

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Jack’s Steak House & Grill

25 Crown Terrace, Aberdeen | 01224 596336 | jackssteakhouse.co.uk

Specialising in steaks, shanks, burgers and ribs.

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Lairhillock Inn & Restaurant

Netherley | www.lairhillock.co.uk | Telephone 01224 730001

The Lairhillock Inn serves outstanding bar meals in the bar, or the conservatory. This is not your average bar meal, but something a little bit better - how about venison with juniper berries?

The Lairhillock Inn is, justifiably, a very popular eatery. Sunday lunchtimes are particularly popular.

The restaurant is in a beautifully furnished building alongside the inn, with intricate woodwork and even a little minstrel gallery. The atmosphere is superb and the cuisine excellent.

To reach the Lairhillock, take the South Deeside Road from the roundabout south of the old Bridge of Dee. Turn left to Netherley beyond the Old Mill Inn and then watch for the signs to the Lairhillock.

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Malmaison Bistro

49-53 Queen's Road, Aberdeen AB15 4YP | 01224 327370 | www.malmaisonaberdeen.com

Good food, good bistro atmosphere and good service. The burgers, in particular, impressed and are presented in a novel style.

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Marcliffe at Pitfodels

North Deeside Road, Aberdeen, AB15 (YA | 01224 861000 | www.marcliffe.com

High-end dining at Aberdeen’s five-star hotel.

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Milton of Crathes

Crathes, Nr Banchory | 01330 844474 | www.themilton.co.uk

On Royal Deeside near the entrance to Crathes Castle, the Milton is a popular venue for lunches and evening meals. The focus is on local produce. If you fancy dropping in, there is even a helipad!

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Musa Art Cafe

33 Exchange Street, Aberdeen | 01224 571771 | www.musaartcafe.com

Originally a church and more recently the banana ripening warehouse for an Aberdeen fruit merchant, Musa's building has a lot of character. Unfortunately - at least on the ground floor - it doesn't have a lot of space. The tables are squeezed in to make space and money.

That apart, Musa has a lively atmosphere, attentive staff, good food and live music (which may not be ideal if you want a quiet intimate dinner!). We perhaps had reasonably costly tastes, but the final bill ended up being at the more expensive end of the scale.

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No1 Restaurant & Brasserie

1 Queen's Terrace, Aberdeen, AB10 1XL | 01224 611909 | http://www.number1restaurant.co.uk

Good choice of food to satisfy both conservative and more adventurous diners. Good food, great atmosphere and friendly attentive staff make this a good destination in the attractive granite surroundings of Queens Terrace.

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The Office

7 Crown Street, Aberdeen | 01224 571475 | www.officerestaurant.co.uk

Just getting re-established as a restaurant and bar with a focus on local ingredients.

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Porterhouse Steak House and Coffee Bar

Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, AB51 5XZ | Telephone 01467 623899 | www.porterhousethainstone.co.uk

Perhaps not the location you would most expect to find a steak restaurant, but then again it is in the heart of Scotch Beef country and located in one of Western Europe’s largest farming auction premises.

The speciality, not surprisingly, is local meat and produce. As the name suggests, steak is a speciality with a carvery for Sunday lunch.

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Pittodrie House Hotel

Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie AB51 5HS | 0844 879 9066 | Pittodrie House Hotel website

A grand country house hotel with tremendous atmosphere and style, plus a hint of eccentricity, just off the A96 north of Inverurie.

Dining facilities include charming private dining room.

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Raemoir House Hotel

Banchory AB31 4ED | 01330 824884 | www.raemoir.com

Country house hotel just outside Banchory, open seven days for lunches and dinners.

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333 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 6BS | 01224 2111500 | www.pbdevco.com/soul.html

In the old Langstane Kirk at the junction of Union Street and Bon-Accord Street, Soul has kept some of the features of the church, putting in a floor at the old church balcony level. The original features include the stained glass windows and the pulpit.

Downstairs is a bar that serves food, with a more modern area, based on the old church halls, on Langstane Place. Upstairs is a casino.

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