aberdeen reviews

(47 Posts)
Sillyness Wed 09-Feb-11 13:25:58

So...when i try to find reviews on places in Aberdeen, I never get very far and thought i might be nice to have the low down from people in the know.

About places big and small! The more, the merrier!!

I'll start...

Last weekend, DH and I went to Queens Links for breakfast before a beach walk and cinema.
Had food in Inversnecky cafe, then went next door to Washington Cafe for hot chocolates.

Looking at their menus, Inversnecky was WAY more expensive AND their service was poor in comparison. Yes, they were busy, but waitresses would walk past seeing our empty plates and not clear them.
DH had a cheesburger and chips which was nearly £7 and had a crappy pattie done from frozen. Considering you can get a better burger from the burger vans around (check out the 'brewster burger' at Kittybrewster retail park.)
Also, my baked potato was small despite being nearly £6 and came cmplete with dark thick hair!

In short...don't go there!

twoboots Sat 06-Aug-11 11:45:23

i am feeling a little poorly today, lived in aberdeen 7 years ago and i'm feeling nostalgic for my student days
i used to love cafe 52, the Nargile (the one just off the top of union street), the foyer and yantze river (does it still have the 80's decor)
i have memories of the tastie tattie for fueling a saturday night, monday nights at the mud club and trailing down to a random kebab shop on ?market street for the greatest chilli pickles.
now we live in the midlands and the young things who parade around on a saturday night with no clothes on think they are so hard, they have no idea- strutting around outside amadeus in a teeny leather skirt and a vest top with the haar enveloping you, that defined an aberdeen night out.

Sillyness Tue 03-May-11 18:00:14

I'm not being funny, but seriously... Washington Cafe by the beach is the business!

We went there the other morning for breakfast which:
-was well priced.
-coffee wasnt too milky as usually is in cafes.
-toast was HOT
-toast was not buttered, but had butter (and jams) on the side.
-'fry-up' was NOT at all greasy!


Sapphire1 Mon 11-Apr-11 16:10:32

Yep silly, it is nice. In fact DH, DD and I went there for an alfresco drink in the sunshine the other day. There's quite a few benches outside, gets really busy on a weekend though. I haven't eaten there but the food looks nice too...

Sillyness Mon 11-Apr-11 10:20:18

Anyone been to Ferryhill House Hotel? Google it, it looks nice!

Waswondering Sat 09-Apr-11 21:32:51

Did Burn o'vat today - thanks C&C!

Glorious warm sunshine.

We did the quick loop above the car park on arrival, then back to the car for a picnic, then crossed the road and did the yellow trail (3m). It was beautiful and lovely though dd, 4, was tired by the end.

Thanks so much for the recommendation - highly recommend!

Carrotsandcelery Tue 15-Mar-11 15:07:36

I think feeding in public has come a long way in the last few years so maybe the need for them is reducing, which in that respect would be a good thing.
As I say, I don't know if the boots one is still there - my babies are getting bigger!

Sapphire1 Tue 15-Mar-11 12:51:50

The John Lewis one is still there. I do find it clean, but the nappy bins do stink. Didn't know there was one in Boots, will check it out. Union Square has decent family rooms, very handy if you need the loo when you have a pram with you. I tend to feed LO in one of the coffee shops though.

Carrotsandcelery Tue 15-Mar-11 11:35:52

John Lewis used to have a room on the top floor, in amongst the furniture, with a very clean baby change for 2 babies and a couple of seats for breast feeding, one with a curtain round it. I haven't breast fed for 5 years though but I can't imagine why they would have removed it.
Boots had one too, through a corridor in the middle of the perfume wall in the Bon Accord (on the ground floor) which had private breast feeding and more open baby change. They even used to have spare nappies if you needed them.
M&S had one on the top floor in a room in the same little corridor as the toilets but not in the toilets iyswim.
Debenhams in the Trinity Centre had one too - again on the top floor.
I assume all these places are still there.

Sapphire1 Mon 07-Mar-11 13:25:38

Yeah, it's upstairs in the arcade. There is no lift, DH and I carry the pram up the stairs - bit awkward but do-able.

Sillyness Sun 06-Mar-11 11:36:02

Sapphire - btw, was at the beach yesterday with dh and went to check out motown cafe...got lost and thought you must have meant nobles bar (and wondered how the hell you got upstairs with the pram!)
now i see it's inside the arcade. WILL find it!

Sillyness Sun 06-Mar-11 11:33:30

Have just been to the car boot sale at Thainstone....man i love that place. however i usually go in august, so it was a lot quieter today!

can't wait to check out stonehaven - thanks folks!

(will get to rusticos too at some point!)

justhalfwaythere Sat 05-Mar-11 00:26:02

Great thread.
DH treated us to lunch at Rustico's a couple of weeks ago and they could not have made a bigger fuss of DC who is 13 months. Service and food great.
Can't wait for slightly warmer weather to take kids along beach at Stonehaven - Molly's Cafe/Restaurant is amazing (though no prams as small inside).
Brilliant ice creams at Aunty Bessie's - DH fav is tablet flavour!

On the negative was v disappointed at lack of baby facilities in Abdn. In the big centre - one with John Lewis, saw baby changing sign and thought I'd give her a top up of milk. Realised it was just the toilets beside the food area and the baby facility was a bit to lie them on to change nappy - plus the toilets stank. Fed her back in the car instead.

BTW the burger van at B&Q at Bridge of Dee is good. Been there every Saturday for last 4 weeks - yes house is getting a make over. No wonder I'm not losing weight!

Sapphire1 Wed 02-Mar-11 18:01:55

Would be a good place to take the fellas! Is only open at the weekends so prob no good for our meetups sad

Sillyness Tue 01-Mar-11 11:08:12

Thanks Sapphire, i wondered about that place and WAS actually hoping for a place with big sofas (plus i love that music too!) so will def try it!

(Perhaps we could have our next meet up there!)

Sapphire1 Mon 28-Feb-11 21:19:42

Ooh, good thread. I love St Cyrus beach, although it's a bit of a trek. Doesn't take too long to drive there though. It's also home to the weirdest place I've ever been to - Steptoe's Yard. It's like an almighty junk yard.

A bit nearer is Crawton. There's some lovely rocky beaches there and an amazing nature reserve. Every time I've been there it's empty and you have the whole place to yourself.

I love the Falls of Feugh too. It's amazing watching the salmon jumping about. The tea shop is pretty good, nice afternoon tea smile

Down at Aberdeen beach I love the Motown cafe in the arcade. It does the best bacon sarnies, and lovely soup and paninis - cheap too. Plus, it's never as busy as the other beach cafes. As the name suggests, they play motown and soul music, which I love. Also, lovely comfy leather sofas and a fab view of the sea.

Waswondering Mon 28-Feb-11 16:30:58

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Waswondering Mon 28-Feb-11 16:30:42

Re Stonehaven - the best, best day we had last year was a sunny September afternoon when we met special friends (who live in England as far from the coast as you can get!)at Dunnotter. The children spent a very, very happy hour chucking stones from the beach there into the water, exploring caves and generally getting wetter than we'd thought!!! We then drove round to the sea front in the town, by the open air pool where there is the BEST fish and chip shop - oh my! The fish was incredible. We all ate our suppers out of paper sitting on the sea wall .... then the kids dug channels in the sand. Very happy memories. Loved it!

(Hi ja9 - nice to see you hear and glad your dd had a great bday. Pics were fab!)

ja9 Mon 28-Feb-11 10:24:29

Great thread! We go to Aberdeen several times a year to visit family and friends, and there are lots of places on this thread I'd like to try out. We used to live in Aberdeen, but that was before we had children so don't really know all the good places to go with them. We do however ADORE Hazelhaead Park - i think it's the best in the world - fabby playpark, great paths for scooters and bikes, flowers, animals AND a cafe. I also love going to Stonehaven for the afternoon - great shops to potter around, lovely walk along the beach and a a gorgeous cafe right on the edge of the water - called The boathouse. Well worth a visit. xx

Carrotsandcelery Sun 27-Feb-11 20:42:43

Really glad you enjoyed it waswondering. It is my favourite place to walk with the dcs.

Medee Sun 27-Feb-11 13:33:18

Tyrebagger forest also has a number of different walks, and the easiest takes you through the sculpture park. It's about 5 miles outside Aberdeen on the A96. Also great Christmas tree sale there in the right season.

Waswondering Sat 26-Feb-11 17:00:57

Thanks so much for the Cambus o'May suggestion - we went today. Did the red walk - very good path (could be buggy-able apart from one or two muddy bits that you'd lift it over). Took an extra boy with us and the kids all had a blast. Stunning scenery, very beautiful, finished off with a wee trip to the Ballater sweetie shop, the public toilets in Ballater (sooooo nice, worth it for 20p!) and a wee trip to the Queen's butcher for me.

Glorious day - dd (4) asked if we could do it again tomorrow! smile

Waswondering Fri 25-Feb-11 21:16:30

This website also has good listings of walks.

It also mentions Haddo House - great walks out there too.

Carrotsandcelery Fri 25-Feb-11 21:05:13

A fabulous walk is Burn O'Vat. Head out for Ballater and just after Dinnet there are signs up to the right for it. It has toilets at the car park. The walks are manageable for young dcs. There is a trickier little path through two massive rocks very close together that leads into a large interior (but open air) cavern which very often has a waterfall running down it. It is not part of the walk, it is just a stunning diversion enroute - only for the firm footed though and you might get wet feet. The walk itself heads off up a little hill (very little) and then along the edge of a steep ledge and then up to a view point that looks out over Loch Kinnord. It is stunning. It then heads down the hill again with some interesting posts and things sticking out of the ground that the dcs like climbing on. You could do the whole walk in 30mins if you wanted to or take ages if you potter in the river etc.
Then you can go to the Victoria Tea Rooms in Dinnet to replenish lost calories grin

The stretch of path across the road from the tea rooms, to the right, is great for young dcs to cycle on.

Waswondering Fri 25-Feb-11 21:01:14

Man, not been to the Dutch Mill for over 10 years!!!!

Thanks for the Cambus o'May info - dh has googled it as we didn't know about that one

I have friends who rate the Braided Fig - but not been there myself!

Carrotsandcelery Fri 25-Feb-11 20:58:32

The Foyer on Crown St is great for a fancier but not ridiculously expensive lunch or evening meal.

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