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The Bonnie Beastie, Forres, Moray

The Bonnie Beastie

4.4
4.4
95 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
Welcome to the Bonnie Beastie, we look forward to serving you.

Providing excellent food and refreshing drinks with unbeatable service and a smile!

Newly refurbished, the Bonnie Beastie offers both a laid back bar experience, as well as our more formal dining room. Our food and drink menus are available in both rooms, helping us provide the perfect environment for any occasion.

All well-behaved dogs are also welcomed in the bar, whether it be for a quick pint or joining us for dinner. They can enjoy a treat on the house!

We also have live music playing every Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. Ceilidh music + a Sunday roast = the coziest Sunday afternoon!

With speciality cocktails, seasonal food and a talented team, the Bonnie Beastie is not to be missed!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Scottish

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    01309 747003

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 95 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. GT

    GraceT

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here a few times now and it’s always fantastic! Food is excellent and the service is great. The atmosphere is always friendly and lively and you can take dogs in the public bar. We will definitely be visiting again soon.
  2. M

    Mrspoppy

    North Scotland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service as usual, good choice on menu, nice music unobtrusive and pleasant. Wines a little expensive but good choice...had an amazing shiraz which is the best I've ever tasted. Could do with somewhere to hang our coats
  3. CB

    ColinB

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It’s becoming a reliable place to eat . Good food
  4. M

    Michelej

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to eat in the dining room and we booked for 5pm which was a good time for us to eat. It was nice and quiet. We ordered the monkfish scampi to start, then a steak and the wild sea trout. Everything was cooked to perfection and was delicious. My husband had the treacle pudding and ice cream and was so tasty. We were asked if we were warm enough as the lady said some people say it’s sometimes cold but we were fine, in fact I had to take my jumper off. Overall experience was fantastic.
  5. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has become our local go-to restaurant due to all the above 5 stars. Always impressive!
  6. VM

    VeronicaM

    North Scotland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I went to The Bonnie Beastie for the first time. We sat in the bar area because the fire was lit. The food was delicious and well presented. I would love to go again.
  7. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This a very well decorated place with great food and good service. We are glad we booked as it was busy on a Saturday night. We will be back again.
  8. AH

    AndrewH

    North Scotland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    First time at the refurbished Bonnie Beastie. Excellent and helpful staff. Room a little too cold and table a bit large for a group of 5 but did not spoil an enjoyable evening. Food on the whole was very good although some veg in the roast chicken dinner was underdone. Minor issues and would not stop us going again and recommending to others
  9. LM

    LynnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the loveliest Hogmanay meal. Food and service was brilliant and a wonderful atmosphere. Into lounge bar afterwards with great live music and lots of happy people!

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on January 5, 2023Thank you so much for the great review! We had such a good time on Hogmanay and we’re so glad you did too 😊

  10. C

    Caitlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best Restaurant in Forres by far!! The service and food is amazing. Highly recommend 😁

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on January 5, 2023Thank you so much for the great review! We hope to see you in again soon 😊

  11. m

    markb

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our table of seven were taken to our large round table - so much better than a rectangular table!! Great service and the food, once again, was exceptional!! The ambiance of the restaurant is warm and inviting. Staff are friendly and very welcoming. Love this place!!

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on January 5, 2023Thank you for the amazing review! We’re so happy you had a great time with us, we hope to see you in again soon 😊

  12. DD

    DonnaD

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time in the Bonnie Beastie since it’s reincarnation. Love what they have done to the place. Myself and the better half had a meal which in our view was superb and great value, fairly priced in our opinion. Staff were on the ball. No complaints, retired to the bar afterwards which seems oddly bigger but again great atmosphere. Well done to everyone at the Beastie.
  13. A

    Allan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We had a wonderful dinner with family, and enjoyed some live music. The food was excellent, and so was the festive cocktail menu. Wonderful experience. The service was great considering how busy it was, a lot of credit to staff who were great at hosting us. My only feedback for improvement was clearer communication about moving the location of the reservation. We booked to be in the main dining room, to avoid the volume of the bar, but to our surprise, our table was in the bar. The bar was very very busy. On this occasion was to our benefit as there was live music, but would be worth notifying customers if their reservation is not in the dining room as requested to avoid any disappointment. Overall a really beautiful dining experience, with wonderful food.
  14. JG

    JenG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    We were disappointed to find we needed to pre-book the Christmas lunch menu. I had booked online and assumed the festive menu would be available as it was 23rd dec. Thankfully there was a Christmas dinner special on. The rest of menu we were offered was basic lunch fare. Second time we've been and dining room was a bit cold on both occasions. Service fab and staff lovely.
  15. PC

    PaulaC

    North Scotland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely intimate dining experience with delicious food freshly cooked. Can't wait to go back!
  16. CB

    ColinB

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Their special turkey roast dinner was the best I have had in years.
  17. DG

    DeeGee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    The room was very cold the fire was lit half an hour after we arrived. We waited ages to be seen. Drinks took an age, food even longer. Uninspiring menu. Absolutely no atmosphere. The restaurant was full, only two people serving, needed more staff. Never offered coffee or desserts. Not the servers fault who certainly didn’t do anything to improve the overall experience that was all in all very mediocre. Went with high expectations but afraid we were very disappointed
  18. GM

    GarryMac

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Only thing I would change is the butter to be a bit more spreadable when it comes out.
  19. RL

    RupertL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was well presented with generous portion size and good flavours. Bar area was cool temperature and decor sparse and lacking any personality. For a chill day there was no warmth to welcome you into the space.
  20. MM

    MargotM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Staff were lovely and very profession kept really busy going back and fro for drinks. Unfortunately the building was freezing
  21. CT

    CorinneT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    First visit. Nicely done new dining room. Food was not bad but didn't reflect the high prices. Lack of attention to detail, such as proper seasoning and unfinished dishes (my chorizo was raw and inedible). The wine was pricey by the glass and not great, my white wine was fairly non descript and not very cold. Staff were lovely and very helpful. Huge issue with tipping as the card machine not set up properly to take them. This would be enough for me not to recommend as a hospitality business this is unthinkable and shows how little they respect their staff. Won't be retiring in a hurry unfortunately particularly when there are so many good places in the area.
  22. PH

    PeterH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The quality of the food was Excellant. Speed of service good. Only comment would be they did not have some of our drink requests but we would definitely go again.
  23. AL

    AlistairL

    Inverness

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Booked for a Christmas lunch with my friend. Unfortunately heating wasn't working which is disappointing. Food was good but the place generally just lacked ambience. Left after our meal and went elsewhere.
  24. D

    Dale

    North Scotland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a delicious Xmas dinner at the Bonnie Beastie.
  25. F

    Foodie

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish the staff were so friendly and the food was excellent. Planning our next trip back. Probably next weekend!
  26. MG

    MariaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious lovely and fresh… and good friendly service. There was live music on which was excellent… such a good atmosphere… Great time all round..

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on December 1, 2022Hello MariaG, Thank you for leaving us a great 5 star review! I am glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Bonnie Beastie and also enjoyed our live music. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. - Eilidh

  27. R

    Review

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic meal here. The new menu makes it hard to decide which choice to make, all the starters sound gorgeous as do the main meals. In the end decided on the wild mushroom macaroni and the sea trout, both delicious - compliments to the chef. For “afters” we shared some Orkney ice cream again gorgeous.

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on November 24, 2022Hi, I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to the Bonnie Beastie, thank you for leaving us a great 5 star review! Our new dinner menu has been very popular, including the two dishes you had being among the favourites. I will pass your compliments along to our talented chefs. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future - Eilidh

  28. KM

    KMcI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first visit for a birthday lunch. Everything was great! We will be back!

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on November 24, 2022Hello KMcl, Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit for a birthday lunch. We look forward to welcoming you back soon - Eilidh

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    North Scotland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday here. Staff were, as always, amazing. The table was decorated and the welcome so warm. Food outstanding - selected from the new Lunch Menu. Even went out of their way to create a gluten free dish for me. Once again, all expectations were surpassed.

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on November 19, 2022Hello, Thank you for leaving us a great 5 star review, I am very glad to hear we helped make your birthday amazing! We look forward to welcoming you back soon - Eilidh

  30. CB

    CharlotteB

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Definitely returning for the venison. Very good service by a girl who seemed to be doing it on her own. No option to put service tip on card which is daft now no one carries cash. Sorry but we would have tipped you! And no fizzy water. Wasn't inspired by the pudding choice but was quite full. Hope this is a success

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on November 6, 2022Hi Charlotte, Thank you for the 4 star review, I am glad to hear that you found the food outstanding and will be returning for everyone’s favourite dish, the Vension Wellington! I will pass along your comments to Aymie, the girl who served you that evening. We look forward to welcoming you again - Eilidh

  31. SL

    SeanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb addition to dining options in Forres. The Bonnie Beastie has great ambience, lovely staff and a very good food and wine menu. Bravo!

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on November 3, 2022Hi SeanL, Thank you for the amazing 5 star review, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to the Bonnie Beastie! I will pass your lovely comments across to our team, we look forward to welcoming you back soon - Eilidh

  32. R

    Review

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal, excellent service and surroundings

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on October 30, 2022Hi, Thank you for the great 5 star review, I will pass along the excellent comments to our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future - Eilidh

  33. LS

    LouiseS

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Pleasant restaurant with a good buzz. Friendly and helpful staff. Good menu choice

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on October 30, 2022Hi LouiseS, Thank you for the 4 star review and kind comments about the staff, I will pass the feedback on to our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future - Eilidh

  34. m

    markb

    Inverness

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant…decor is very tasteful. Nice to see large round tables for groups, so you can interact better. Service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. Had haggis sausage rolls for a starter which were delicious. Main course was halibut with chorizo - it was simply amazing. It was the special of the day. All in all, top marks all round as food and service were spot on. Got chatting to a lovely couple too.

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on October 30, 2022Hi MarkB, Thank you for the amazing 5 star review, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us! I will pass all your amazing comments back to our team, both kitchen and front of house. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future - Eilidh

  35. LM

    LnzM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Good food but a bit pricey Didn't have half the drinks on the menu Good cocktails - if they had all the ingredients (gin in particular) Atmosphere in restaurant was ambient, pub had live music which was entertaining but loud for those looking for a quiet drink.
  36. AT

    AnitaT

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing. A few of the dishes I fancied were not available which was disappointing but that’s a sign of the times I’m sure and not a reflection of the establishment.

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on October 23, 2022Hi Anita, Thank you for the 5 star review, I am glad to hear you enjoyed your recent visit with us. I apologise that we had ran out of the dishes you fancied, unfortunately our most popular dishes can sell out quickly as we aim to use the freshest produce available. We look forward to welcoming you again so you can try the dishes you were really fancying! Many thanks - Eilidh

  37. M

    Minx74

    Inverness

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A few niggles but overall good. My starter could've been hotter, our cocktails sat for ages before being brought to us (I could see them from my seat!) the table next to us was being cleaned and the spray was so intense my husband could taste it.

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on October 20, 2022Hi Fetchie, Thank you for the honest 4 star review, I apologise that you felt there were few niggles on the evening. We will take all these comments on board. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future - Eilidh

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with family visiting, lovely quiet but not too quiet atmosphere, very friendly service and didn’t feel rushed but neither did we wait too long for service/food. The food was delicious!

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on October 9, 2022Hi, Thank you for the 5 star review, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent family meal at the Bonnie Beastie. I will pass your kind comments along to our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future - Eilidh

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4th time here & will keep coming back! Lovely setting, food & drinks! Just what Forres needed!

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on October 9, 2022Hi, Thank you for your lovely 5 star review! I am happy to hear that you are enjoying your visits to the Bonnie Beastie, thank you for your continued support. We look forward to serving you again soon - Eilidh

  40. C

    Caroline

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a family meal at The Bonnie Beastie on Sunday. Food was delicious, the Sunday roast was top notch, the service fantastic and all in a relaxed, elegant setting. Would highly recommend 👌

    The Bonnie BeastieResponded on October 9, 2022Hi Caroline, Thank you for the amazing 5 star review, I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your recent Sunday Roast at the Bonnie Beastie. I will pass across your lovely comments to our brilliant team! We look forward to welcoming you again in the future - Eilidh

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The Bonnie Beastie is rated 4.4 stars by 95 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Bonnie Beastie

The Bonnie Beastie, 2 Tolbooth Street, Forres, Moray IV36 1PH

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Nairnshire

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Scottish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Wine

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