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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%
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“seafood crepe” (9 reviews)
“beef slices” (5 reviews)
“macaroni” (7 reviews)
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British, Bar, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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285 Brook Street | Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2DS, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

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

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!

Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Excellent lunch in the lounge bar, which has recently been extensively refurbished. The food was cooked to order and was extremely fresh. Prices overall were very competitive with other restaurants in the area. All the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. I would happily recommend...More

Thank Wm R
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

So appreciated is your kind critique Wm R that we’ve been having a wee celebration here today. Speaking for myself, and during good World Cup games I find it a challenge to stay totally focused on excellent customer service! Your praise however allays any fears...More

Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Wonderful Saturday afternoon in the Royal Arch. Pleasant staff,and good food. Well worth a visit. 🙂

Thank mcshougal52
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2018

Hi mcshougal52, a “short & sweet” review and really appreciated by our Team. We’re over the moon with your 5 stars. We hope and look forward to serving you again. Good luck! x

Reviewed 1 June 2018

Was at the Roya Arch for lunch at the weekend. Menu is very varied and as it was a lovely sunny day I selected the smoked salmon and prawn salad. It was lovely. The service was excellent. Very good value for money. Would recommend to...More

Thank Nutella11
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2018

Thankyou Nutella11 for posting this precious 5* review! We’re happy that you chose such a pleasant day to visit. The prawns are North Atlantic cold water, meaning more succulent than their Far East distant relatives. Smoked salmon we select daily from Michael Gazeley’s Fishmonger shop...More

Reviewed 29 May 2018

Stopped into The Royal Arch for lunch on way through to Aberdeen and had the most delicious lunch with my daughter and husband. Steak pie was best ever, panini was excellent, and the omelette was devine. Owner John was just a wonderful man sharing the...More

Thank hjaschinski1
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Hi hjaschinski1, you and your family brought to The Ferry yesterday a flavour of the good energy, optimism and conviviality that is Canada. We’re sure that Megan will feel at home at University in Aberdeen which is a City equally welcoming as Dundee. I’ll pass...More

Reviewed 11 May 2018

Visited for lunch with two friends (one of whom is a regular) , friendly welcome from staff, ordered our food and drink, when drilling started next door in the alleyway, due to a burst pipe, the owner Jon spoke to everyone explaining what was happening...More

1  Thank dundeetravellermrshc
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

Hello dundeetravellermrchc, yes indeed the neighbouring Florist needed plumbing works done below ground just at the moment when our lunchtime faithfull were ordering! Those things are sent to try us but for our Team, your kind review more than makes up for it all! Thanks...More

Reviewed 26 April 2018

We must have been quite fortunate as we picked a day when the sun was shining! We were up in Dundee visiting our son and decided to take a walk on the beach at the Ferry and it was rater warm so we thought that...More

1  Thank Jimcrawley55
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Hello Jimcrawley55, your kind words are most appreciated, especially following our challenging weekend! Please do return; I’ll be keeping an eye on Reservations, on the look-out for your surname. No pressure or anything! We’ll even include a complimentary malt of the month! Thanks again Jim....More

Reviewed 23 April 2018

It's not so long since I wrote a glowing report on the RA - a really good lunch, with service and ambience to match. Since then we've returned about 3 or 4 times and my positive impression has been diluted a bit more with each...More

Thank aragon-11
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hello Aragon -11, your peak period visit fell on the sunniest, warmest, most pleasant weekend since Aug 2017. Thousands were attracted to Broughty Ferry that day. We updated you frequently as to the backlog, while you enjoyed the free refreshments. We hoped this would help...More

Reviewed 15 April 2018

I went to The Royal Arch for Lunch with my Wife a few days ago. We ate in the Lounge ( or Bistro as they refer to it ). I had Beef Olives cooked in Malbec, which were very good, and my Wife had Moules...More

Thank graeme t
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thanks Graeme t and to your Wife for visiting. Delighted that your beef olives in Malbec were so good as was value and service. With our supplier we’ll take a look at your reported issue of sand in shellfish. We’ll get that score up to...More

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Restaurant Details

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