1852 Ballater Restaurant

1852, classic Scottish brasserie and grill, a true taste of Royal Deeside with local, seasonal cuisine.

Sample fresh, local flavours at 1852, brought to you by our expert chefs at our Ballater restaurant. Fresh Scottish salmon, cured with local Pinewood Conservation Gin and Slow Cooked Game Hot Pot, sit alongside Balmoral Chicken, Saddle of Venison and Beef Wellington.


Daily, 6.30pm - 8.30pm*


*During the winter months, 1852 Restaurant is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays. However, the 1852 menu is still available in Ghillies Bar.

Balmoral Castle & Gardens near Balmoral Arms & 1852 Restaurant Ballater


1852 marks the year that Balmoral Castle was purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria, having fallen in love with the estate many years before. The castle has been the Scottish home to the Royal Family ever since. Balmoral Estates has been passed down within the Royal Family ever since and has been a favourite home to the family since 1852.

Lamb Shank at 1852 Restaurant in Ballater


Local connections give our Head Chef access to game from the Royal Estate at Balmoral. Our Scottish meats are farm-assured, while our steaks are traditionally matured for a minimum of 28 days to ensure maximum flavour, tenderness and quality.

Red Wine and Steak at 1852 restaurant in Ballater

Wine List

Our wine list has been curated by de Burgh Wine Merchants, with each wine selected to match the menu. With something for everyone and an understanding of food, flavour and wines to match, you will find depth in our wine list to pair with whatever you are having for your meal.

Crerar Home Farm Deer for Venison at Crerar Hotel Restaurants

Local Produce

Our dishes in 1852 showcase the true taste of the Cairngorms. Alongside award-winning Gilmour Butchers, we showcase beef and game from the local butcher in Ballater – Sheridan who are located just around the corner from the Balmoral Arms. Seafood comes fresh from the North Sea and into the fishing ports of Aberdeen. While extra flavours are added with Pinewood Conservation Gin, distilled in the Cairngorms and whiskies aged in the area.

To book a table, please call or get in touch.

Tipping Our Team

Most of our guests now prefer to pay via debit or credit card and be able to include a service charge for great service. To make this easier we have added an automatic service charge - we’ve made it a default 10% which you can change to any percentage you wish, including no service charge.

Our teams have always shared service charges and this is no different - every penny you give is shared equally by our teams through our “Fair Fund”. There is no administration cost and nothing is retained by the company, 100% of what you give is guaranteed to go to our team.

Service charge is entirely optional, if you would like us to remove it, you need only ask.

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