A 15-minute drive from Aberdeen city centre brings you to this generously beamed inn, part of the scenery in rural Deeside for over 200 years. With all its nooks and crannies, the mot juste for the quarry-tiled interior can only be 'rambling'; in winter, woodsmoke drifts up from the unusual, slab-mounted central fire grate. In the bar Timothy Taylor Landlord is usually accompanied by two guest real ales, while the menu majors on Scottish produce, with a starter of Cullen skink. Unsurprisingly, Aberdeen Angus steaks have a high profile alongside roasted pumpkin and wild mushroom risotto; puff pastry pie of the day; and pork and herb meatballs served with spaghetti in a rich tomato and basil sauce. There's a light, bright conservatory with garden views, candlelit tables, gleaming brass and copper lamps, and bric-à-brac.
Closed: 25–26 December, 1–2 January
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch: all week 12–2
Dinner: all week 6–9.30
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
From Aberdeen take A90. Right towards Durris on B9077 then left onto B979 to Netherley.