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The Forbes Arms Hotel, Alford, Aberdeenshire

The Forbes Arms Hotel

4.7
4.7
262 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 10 times 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 262 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

    Great for brunch

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Good for groups

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Healthy

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Good for special occasions

  • Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire

    Vegetarian-friendly

262 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 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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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 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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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Angus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Inverness

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 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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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 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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  6. AlisonM

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely to see The Forbes Arms busy and thriving! Sunday lunch was delicious, service was good and the only slight issue was that it was quite noisy which made it slightly difficult to hear across our own table.

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  7. SSVR

    Aberdeen

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service always. A jewel in the area

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  8. LesleyY

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meal on 24th April 2024. Staff were very friendly and helpful despite one of us being a little particular. Lovely position by the river and our table was great. If there had been tables outside we might have enjoyed an aperitif xx

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  9. ElizabethM

    Inverness

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 4th visit and lovely as always. The staff are warm and friendly the food is big portions well presented and tasty. It's a lovely hotel and restaurant and well worth the visit.

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  10. Teachit24

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    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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  11. HelenG

    Edinburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. TheKingOfFood

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most wonderful Sunday lunch in glorious surroundings with fantastic staff and beautiful fresh flowers and also beautiful views and also good parking.

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  21. AmandaG

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was exceptional!! Couldn’t fault a thing!! Definitely will be back

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  22. JuneA

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As ever, we had a really enjoyable return visit to The Forbes Arms. You couldn’t fault the venue, staff or food. The only negative for us is, that the main course portions are far too large, for two ladies of rather mature years. We will have to enquire about reduced portions next time.

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  23. YomY

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch. We were moved to the lounge because of a funeral lunch in the dining room. The lounge and food were excellent. The staff were superb, really friendly and helpful.

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  24. Iljad

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, perfect service! No complaints. Would highly recommend.

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  25. AnneB

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class, food very well cooked and presented , attentive experienced staff 👍

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  26. Callybee

    Aberdeen

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal on Saturday evening, the food was delicious and service was excellent.

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  27. JimG

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful setting. The refurbishment is fabulous. Loads of natural light from large picture windows and roof windows. Staff first class and food fantastic. The Scottish Trio starter was one of the best starters I’ve ever had. The sauce was to die for. Absolutely no negatives for me.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very friendly, welcoming experience with great food. Will definitely be back again soon

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  29. SuzMcD

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely nothing to fault. Friendly, well trained staff who gave excellent service, amazing food which a good selection of menu options. This will definitely be our new local to take friends and family to.

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  30. EmmaW

    Edinburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, been here a few times, food has always been top notch. Friendly staff, nothing a bother.

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  31. WendyR

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice venue in beautiful rural location, with friendly, helpful staff.

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  32. stevev

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant experience lovely position with views over the river. Good traditional Sunday lunch.

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  33. Arlene

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifuly renovated to a very high standard, 1st class food and excellent service at a very reasonable price. We will most definitely be returning and recommending The Forbes Arms to everyone.

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  34. SallyT

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening. Food was delicious and large portions. Little bit loud but to be expected as it was very busy.

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  35. AndrewF

    Inverness

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal at the newly refurbished Forbes Arms Hotel, Alford. The food was excellent, staff fantastic, very tentative & professional. The hotel has been newly refurbished to a very high level and excellent standard. We would definitely recommend it. A great taste of Scotland and an asset to Alford.

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  36. RobertS

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It was nice to see a carafe of water on the table but the lack of table cloth and proper linen serviettes was noticeable. The price for the Land and Sea dish was over the top especially as it wasn't cooked to the customers request, medium rare was serves as medium to well done. Staff were friendly but forgetful, completely forgetting to give us the desert menu. Biggest thing was being embarrassed on not having cash to give a tip. Being able to add it to the bill and pay by card for all would cause less embarrassment to customers and not take away from staff.

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  37. AlanM

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect Valentine's dinner. Excellent food, staff are all lovely and the setting is perfect.

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  38. Shoppers

    Inverness

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been trying to visit the restaurant many times and it was always booked at the times when i wanted to come. Everything was wonderful last night but i had expected the choice of the whole menu as shown online. It would have been nice to know in advance that a set menu had been done for Valentines. However it made me try different things from what i had planned in my head and it will also mean that we have to return again to enjoy the full restaurant menu.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second visit to The Forbes Arms. Beautiful place with fantastic service. Food was amazing and all freshly cooked to order. Definitely be back. Thank you for looking after us so well. Xx

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  40. Andrew

    Aberdeen

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food. Great staff. Lovely place. As good as dining out gets. Easily able to accommodate the gluten free requirements of our party.

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FAQs

The Forbes Arms Hotel is rated 4.7 stars by 262 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 10 times 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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