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The Forbes Arms Hotel, Alford, Aberdeenshire

The Forbes Arms Hotel

4.7
4.7
267 Reviews
£26 to £40
Scottish
The Forbes Arms boasts a new dining experience, riverside restaurant and outdoor patio area overlooking the River Don and William Minto’s segmental granite arched bridge built in 1811. The original Public Bar retains the historic character while the Lounge Bar and the Snug offer a more relaxing place to eat and drink with luxurious furnishings throughout.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–1:15 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–7:15 pm
  • Phone number
    01975 562800
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Alford
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 267 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Best Overall

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Best Food

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Best Service

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Best Ambiance

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Best Value

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Good for groups

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Healthy

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Neighborhood gem

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Good for special occasions

267 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Perthshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Hotel is lovely and the staff friendly and helpful. The food was poor on this occasion. We asked for a well done beef Sunday lunch, the meat was grizzly and chewy. We were offered another plate but my 2 other diners were almost finished. We did say to the waitress when she asked if everything was ok. We were offered a dessert but no one was having a dessert as we had already had a starter. The fish and chips were ok , i asked for them to to be well done and well drained, neither happened. Why they put fish on top of chips i have no idea as it makes them soggy and oily. The kitchen need to take note of what diners are requesting. I left all the wet batter but the fish was cooked and edible.

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  2. MoureenP

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent friendly and efficient service. Food very good. I would have preferred less salt on the fish and chips but I will know next time to specify no extra salt.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive, friendly staff. Good food. We were even walked to our car afterwards with an umbrella afterwards as it was raining.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic, definitely recommend. Food was delicious and great service. Such a beautiful place.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you for a lovely Sunday Lunch thoroughly enjoyed by us all

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Very disappointed on this visit, not the quality previously experienced, out for a birthday, restaurant very noisy with young children, would have been quieter in the bar.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was dramatically better than when we visited two months earlier. A different more professional team. Enjoyed it very much.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Angus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really a horrible meal experience, went for steaks as a treat, and who could get a steak wrong? Right? I had the sirloin asked for medium and it came black on the outside and blue on the inside, sent it back and it popped up a few minutes later well done, I was starving and complained but scoffed it down. Wife had the fillet medium rare, again came looking cooked on the outside but was cold on the inside, sent it back and didn’t eat because as she said if they can’t cook a steak what’s the rest of the food like??!! We left, paid for drinks and my steak. I believe, no proof mind you but I believe the steaks were pre cooked and attempt was made to heat them up when we ordered, pretty awful if that’s right. The steaks were both dry and well well fired on the outside, terrible on the inside, will have to be truthful and say we won’t be back. The guys service in the restaurant was good.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal at this beautiful hotel. The staff were very attentive & the Sunday roast was outstanding. We will be back in the near future.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our meal and service was excellent. The only negative is that when full, the dining room is very noisy and at times it was difficult to hear yourself think let alone speak to someone across the table from you. I don’t know how easy it would be to acoustically treat such a large open room but if done, would certainly improve the ambiance.

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The Forbes Arms Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 267 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Forbes Arms Hotel

Bridge of Alford, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8QJ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Alford
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–1:15 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–7:15 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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