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The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro

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285 Brook Street | Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2DS, Scotland
+44 1382 779741
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“seafood crepe” (9 reviews)
“beef slices” (5 reviews)
“macaroni” (10 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
British, Bar, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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285 Brook Street | Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2DS, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Went in for the Christmas menu Sunday afternoon which was excellent, I had the beef stroganoff which was one of the best I have had over the years & my wife had the turkey with trimmings which she said was very tasty. The service was...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank MarcusH1621
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded today

Merry Christmas MarcusH1621. Thanks for your gift of this most welcome 5* review. Thanks for visiting us and for taking the time. It’s great to hear of friendly service and tasty, natural food. We all hope that you have a lovely time over Christmas and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a friend for tea on a busy Friday evening but got a table. Friendly staff ordered soft drinks and Macaroni Cheese and a Steak and Onion Panini. Food was freshly made and very tasty. Will return next time in the Ferry :)More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank dundeetravellermrshc
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello dundeetravellermrshc, with all of those excellent new bars/hotels/restos opening in Dundee, it’s our privilege to have a good review posted by a local person! I’d just love to know how to boost it to 5 stars! If you can get the time please advise...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in for a weeknight dinner, really enjoyed the macaroni & so did my 2 friends - cleaned plates! Pleasant and prompt service, would return again :)More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Bl0ndie15
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello FoodieFood51, so appreciated are your kind comments that we’ll feature your choices as “must haves” on our next menu! Great too to hear of the good service. Your 5*s really are welcome as we approach or 300th review over 4 years on T.A.. Best...More

Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

Traditional pub with friendly staff and a good selection of beer and a wide range of spirits, they offer up nice food in their art deco themed lounge.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Graeme M
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2018

Hello Graeme M, Thanks for those kindly remarks. Your review is greatly appreciated. Your opinion encourages us while we introduce some even cosier, less bright, Tavern Bar lighting. Just right for the cold Winter nights! Take care.

Reviewed 17 October 2018

Last minute decision to have lunch on Oct 16th. Lounge was very busy but shown to a table straight away. Given how busy place was the wait for food wasn't too long. The highlight for me was an orange sponge drizzled in chocolate which was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank alexlornie
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

Thanks alexlornie for posting this kind 5* review! Constructive commentary such as yours allows us to see where we exceed customer expectations. Long may it continue...and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Jon.

Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Popped into the lounge bar to have a bite to eat without reservation. Lovely food and quiet atmosphere...UNTIL!! 4 middle aged men decided to take over!! They were disgusting! And spoke about every type of sex/who/where and when!! I've worked in pubs and have NEVER...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Eileen B
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Hello Eileen B, Thanks for visiting and mentioning the “lovely food and atmosphere” here. Ref the perceived bad behaviour of others, I’ve investigated with staff and customers and have looked at the Cctv. No bad launguage is evident. No loud or unsavoury remarks, unwelcome attention...More

Reviewed 4 October 2018

We went in because of the excellent Art Deco lounge, and had lunch, which was good enough to persuade us back later in the week for an evening meal. Great food, great beer, and friendly staff.More

Date of visit: September 2018
2  Thank ChrisBartram
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Hi ChrisBartram, it’s a pleasure to read of your happy visit to Broughty Ferry and to The Royal Arch. The decor here makes our Customers feel at ease apparently.. One even said “reminds me of the first class lounge on the QE2! We’re just delighted...More

Reviewed 27 September 2018

Made welcome as soon as we came through the door. Warm atmosphere excellent food for our lunch visit. Very friendly staff made us feel at home.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank kerrys787
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2018

Hello Kerrys787, how nice this is to read of your pleasant dining experience here at The Royal Arch! We all wish you a safe and happy onward cruise and your journney home. Best wishes, Jonathan. xx

Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Visited the Royal Arch in Broughty Ferry on Saturday night for a meal We had an excellent meal with steak and trimmings and thoroughly enjoyed it Nicola and the staff as usual were very friendly and looked after us well and I would highly recommend...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank thomaslambie
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Many thanks Mr & Mrs Lambie for posting this precious 5* review! It’s fab to hear of Royal Arch friendliness and excellent Rib-Eye Steaks! I’ll be sure to thank our Kitchen Team, Nicola and the others for looking after you so well. Best wishes, Jonathan.

Reviewed 24 June 2018

Been going in on Saturday nights for a wee while now.Can't fault the place. Staff are so friendly and it's always service with a smile no matter how busy they are.Have also eaten here and the food is very good. Keep up the good work,...More

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank highlandflingDundee
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Hi highlandflingDundee! How nice to have your kind feedback about such core Pub values. Conviviality is what The Royal,Arch was built for in 1840. Thanks Sharon and the team who continue this valuable tradition, making the highlandflingDundee Saturday visits so pleasant!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 14
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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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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