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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Country-house elegance and excellent food

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The phrase '18th-century elegance' perfectly sums up the setting of Wedgwood-green walls, chandeliers and white linen in Thainstone House's fine-dining restaurant (it's named after one of the hotel's ghosts). The food, however, is distinctly modern British stuff, delivering smart contemporary dishes full of vibrancy and bold strokes. Pan-seared wood pigeon with beetroot carpaccio and celeriac purée opens the show, followed by a main course that showcases the quality of locally-sourced produce: breast of Gartmore chicken with skirlie bonbons, carrot purée, crispy kale and tarragon jus. Desserts also dazzle, especially rhubarb pannacotta served up with star anise syrup, lavender shortbread and frozen yogurt.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Mon–Sat
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef: Paul Grant

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 29
  • Wines over £30: 26
  • Wines by the glass: 9

Price guide

  • Starter from 7.95
  • Main course from17.95
  • Dessert from7.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

Getting here

A96 from Aberdeen. Pass by-pass to Kintore. Entrance to hotel at 1st rdbt Thainstone Rdbt. Take 1st left then sharp right to hotel

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