The Mash Tun
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Great ambiance. The front of the restaurant has the shape of a mash tun! We didn't book and at first there was no table available. We where offered to have dinner at the bar. While we drank a pint (!?) the staff offered us a table that was free at that time. The menu suggests a whisky with every course so we followed that suggestion. Good choice. We'll be back!
Been a few times during the SoSF and it has never let me down.
Great day with Glefarclas tastings and have left each time very happy!!
I didn`t stay in here that long to be honest, it was full and I agree with others while it is ok, I was expecting the look and feel of the place to be better.
The bar is well stocked.
Went again tonight and took my 2 kids who are 14 & 16 years old, we only went for a drink. The issue was, all the tables were booked for food and obviously kids are not allowed to sit at the bar so where do you go?
We were told we could sit outside but it had just rained heavily, so we rushed our drinks at a reserved table but made sure we were away before they arrived.
The point I am politely making is that this is not a pub you can take a family to if you are only after a drink and not food, there is nowhere for you to go.
Staff are polite and the food did look good, now I have been twice I do not really understand what the reputation is based on, if is it the food alone that I can understand but if its the bar selection the Grant Arms Hotel at Grantown on Spey had just as much whisky on offer including some old stuff but is much cheaper.
It must be location, location, location :)
Located in the heart of Aberlour, The Mash Tun is both restaurant and whisky bar. I must confess that neither the ambiance nor their selection of Single Malts overwhelmed me... It's not one of these cosy, old-fashioned bars I was looking for.
You can eat ordinary pub food, but be warned that the service tends to be very slow. The range of malts is fair but not impressive, except for their nice collection of Glenfarclas bottlings. Ordinary drams were a bit expensive but at least I got a nosing glass and water.
Give it a try if you are visiting Aberlour but better keep your expectations low.
Visit again for SoS festival 2017 : very good steak but single malts too expensive!