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The Forbes Arms Hotel, Alford, Aberdeenshire

The Forbes Arms Hotel

4.7
4.7
253 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

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Scottish
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00–13:15 Dinner Wed–Sun 17:00–19:15
  • Phone number
    01975 562800
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Area
    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 253 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 Ambience

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Best Value

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Good for business meals

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Good for business meals

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Good for groups

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Healthy

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

253 Reviews
  1. Teachit24

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. Portion size is quite large, so definitely suitable for people with a big appetite. Staff were extremely polite and attentive. Overall we definitely recommend it for a lovely Sunday lunch.

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  2. HelenG

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyable meal in great surroundings. The service was great too. We had our grandson with us and they were very patient as he placed his order

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  3. KATET

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautifully refurbished hotel in lovely setting. Good food, faultless service

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  4. ClaudiaL

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely meal and staff extremely pleasant. The hotel has been beautifully refurbished,I remember it before the renovations and it looks fantastic now .The one observation I would make is that the table allocation was disappointing. We booked for Sunday lunch. Along with the other 4 tables of two dining that lunchtime we were all seated at tables in the middle of the restaurant away from the windows with the lovely river views. These river view tables are all set for 4 people but all remained empty and unreserved for the entire service. As an experienced hotelier I would suggest you always seat your guests who have taken the trouble to book ahead at the best tables in your restaurant. Don't make them sit facing a wall or with their back to the lovely river view in a half empty restaurant. All of us looked somewhat disappointed when shown to our tables.

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  5. RichardL

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff very friendly and make you feel welcome, food very well presented and very tasty reasonable choices on the menu. Only very slight issue is that it is a very noisy room seems to lack any noise deadening properties so often difficult to hear yourself chatting. Not too big an issue though and certainly will not stop us returning again.

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  6. JamesA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First and not the last visit. All aspects of our visit were second to none. All of the staff were very friendly, helpful and efficient. The food quality, presentation and variety were excellent.

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  7. carolinel

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place- lovely staff , lovely decor and delicious food!

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  8. RhonaW

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1 of the party had the roast lamb on Easter Sunday which was very tough/chewy and inedible. The other meals were fantastic and the service was great. Hit or a miss with lamb so we won’t let that put us off returning.

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  9. RoyM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday roast was delicious.... fantastic service... friendly and professional... Many thanks.

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  10. MoiraF

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Could not fault anything about our visit. Food was exceptional and service excellent. Can't wait to return.

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The Forbes Arms Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 253 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Forbes Arms Hotel

Bridge of Alford, Alford, Aberdeenshire AB33 8QJ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Alford
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sun 12:00–13:15 Dinner Wed–Sun 17:00–19:15
  • 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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