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The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro

$$ - $$$British, ,
285 Brook Street | Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2DS, Scotland
+44 1382 779741
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“lunch” (44 reviews)
“beef olives” (4 reviews)
“steak pie” (19 reviews)
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CUISINES
British, Bar, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
285 Brook Street | Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2DS, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 263 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was in afew weeks ago with my partner and 3yr old daughter and the staff where lovely from the moment we opened the door and not to mention the food, it was lush just what we needed after a chilly walk around the beach. my...More

1  Thank Lucé J
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Lucé J and thankyou so much for visiting and for posting this 5 star review. We take lots of care with beef burgers, making sure that we source lean grass-fed Aberdeenshire ground beef. Good too to read of a warm welcome on arrival and...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Visited today for the first time and was most impressed with the cleanliness,quality of food and friendliness of staff .Wish I had found it sooner but better late than never.More

1  Thank Irene S
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

We really are all grateful to you Irene S for visiting and posting this 5* review. Now we must work hard to "live up" to your kind words! Without knowing it, you've created for us a new Mission Statement; "Cleanliness, Friendliness & Quality". Best wishes....More

Reviewed 5 September 2017

What a gem this place is , the food was excellent and I enjoyed trying the different types of beer . The staff were good fun and very helpful both in the resturant and bar adjacent . Dont look at the bad reviews but try...More

1  Thank GrahamJF
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Hello GrahamJF, Thanks so much for posting this favourable review, a real boost for the team and myself. It's great to be told of helpfulness and the things that we get right for all of our happy customers! Best wishes and enjoy what's left of...More

Reviewed 2 September 2017

After looking at reviews and menu,decided to try this for ourselves,we hadn't been out for ages due to my husbands ill health so we're looking forward to it.table booked for 5 so we were first in restaurant,we were informed from the waiter that the seafood...More

Thank dundeejen
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Hello Dundeejen,Thanks for reviewing. Sorry but some freshly prepared dishes featuring very fresh fish do sell out by evenings, mainly around August bank holiday weekends. On the other hand our 1kg of Mussels are prepared and cooked from frozen. It's normal anywhere to encounter some...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

Thanks to Jonathan and his staff for another great meal at the Royal Arch. The food was first class and the service couldn't have been better.

Thank ric100
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Thank you ric100, your kind review is cherished by all of us and will serve only to make us try even harder ro please! Enjoy the rest of the summer and take care.

Reviewed 16 August 2017

Coming from out of town on a day out we stopped by for a couple of beers with friends, good real ales and knowledgeable staff. Impressed enough to go back later. Will be back!!!

Thank Youngeric
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Hello Youngeric, thanks for that. It's always reassuring to hear of good service and excellent cask ale quality. Best wishes, Jon

Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

My wife and I dropped in for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed our visit A great welcome, even better service, and food to die for. The only place to eat in Broughty Ferry

Thank johnwirvine
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2017

Praise indeed! We're all really grateful for your positive feedback and will look forward to serving you again. Thanks johnwirvine And best wishes, Jon

Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Have visited this place on a few occasions and although the food is of a good standard the service today was shocking. We arrived early for our booking and were shown our table straight away and our order was taken promptly and our drinks were...More

2  Thank Lesley1712
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Hello Lesley 1712, thanks for visiting and for praising our Cookery here at The Royal Arch. The first Friday of August is our busiest lunchtime of the year. Sharon and I had apologized to you while asking if we could do anything to make up...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Excellent meal. Usual suspects on the menu for pub grub. Mrs R had the seafood crepe which she enjoyed. I had the beef olives, lovely! Good selection of beers and fun picture gallery on the way to the gents....can you name all the sportsmen/women?

Thank NellyandFatBob
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Hello Nelly and Bob, thanks both for penning your kind words which serve only to make us do even better! Thanks for awarding 4 stars, and for having a go at identifying the sporting heroes. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Jon.

Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Great visit today for a wee refreshment and some food in the bar. Bar is dog friendly and food can be served. Went for the salad, which was amazing, filled the whole plate. Husband had steak pie which looked great. Price reasonable and will definitely...More

Thank MrsGDundee_Scotland
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hello MrsGDundee_Scotland, from your T/A pen name you're a local lass. It's always good to see a favourable review come from those with local knowledge. Pleasingly for us, you've enjoyed your visit here and are happy with the value for money. Thanks again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 15
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 285 Brook Street | Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2DS, Scotland (Formerly The Royal Arch Bar)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Dundee
  • Phone Number: +44 1382 779741
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Description
The Royal Arch Tavern & Bistro still forms Broughty Ferry's hub - since 1840. Originally Broughty's Railway Tavern, the hostelry's name changed in 1860 to mark the demolition of the ancient Royal Arch Lodge.The Tavern is blessed with its hand-carved solid oak bar, counter and sideboard, while the bar/bistro is now re-fitted. (Mar 2014). Converted from former stables, this couthy, comfortable haven is characterised by hand-made stained glass windows and ceiling panels depicting the Broughty landscape.Renowned for promotion of fresh local produce, The Royal Arch menu ranges from light snacks, healthy and seafood options to traditional East of Scotland fayre and favourites from around the globe. Sheltered pavement terrace. Multi award winning hospitality incl. Best Bar None Gold award 2014.
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