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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Seafood, British, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 13 November 2023

Although the ambience is very dated - don’t be put off, the food is amazing! Very homely, plentiful , and certainly delicious! Speaking only for myself, I had the smokie pancake which hasn’t changed one bit since I first tasted it in the 1980s. That’s...a good thing ! ❤️ everything served with large portions of very fresh local veg. And a charming smile! Truly Scottish home-style cooking at its very best!!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2023 via mobile

Would have loved to have given a positive review today, but couldn’t because you were closed during your advertised opening hours, ie open on Sunday from 12.00 to 14.00 hrs (website). We were looking forward to Smokey in a Pancake and left our bikes outside...prior to walking along the cliffs from Arbroath. The sign on your door confirmed that you would be open then. Having driven to Arbroath and walked back, we were very disappointed to arrive at 1.15 pm to find you closed, and looking as if you hadn’t opened at all today. So we were forced to head back to find some lunch in Arbroath. I don’t want to carp too much, but I’d be pleased if you could update your website and front door notice when you know you’ll be closed. I’d like to come back sometime, but would be reluctant to do that if I wasn’t sure you’d be open.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023 via mobile

A group of us visited here recently as a stop-off during a long hike. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

Enjoyed a great meal in this small and intimate restaurant. Food was local and very appetizing and the staff were great being so attentive even explaining a dish I tried which was out with my comfort zone.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 August 2023 via mobile

This was our best meal in Scotland. The smoked Haddock dishes were incredible and my grilled turbot with capers was one of the best fish preparations I’ve ever had. Lovely in-season strawberry dessert was a good end to a great meal. Loved this place.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

After being recommended to try this restaurant for months we finally made it and it definitely will not be the last visit. The staff were so lovely and welcoming and the food was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone who is in the area.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023

Great place and food. The owner/manager was a bit stressed and and we didnt have enough time to order. I think it was because we were tourists. The serveants were nice though :)

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 14 July 2023

Another great meal today, food is always fresh and tasty, lots on your plate. I couldn't manage dessert so they wrapped my cloutie dumpling for me to take home and have later. Great service and value for money

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023

Not a review of the restaurant just a massive shout out to Annie. Having walked from Arbroath as part of our Dundee to Aberdeen coastal walk wrong walking shoes meant badly blistered feet. With no way of getting back to our hotel Annie saved the...day by giving us a lift Thanks so much we will pay it forward ps after picking up proper walking shoes we made it all the way to aberdeenMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 24 June 2023 via mobile

This is a fabulous restaurant located in a rural area on outskirts of Arbroath. Easy to access along a good tarmac country road. In the small hamlet of Auchmithie on the coast. The food and service are both excellent. There is a wide choice and...food is locally sourced and beautifully made. Lots of nice touches like choice of artisan breads. The decor is very tasteful and the whole experience very relaxing. We would definitely make a return visit and would recommend to anyone visiting the area.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 10 June 2023

Walked from arbroath to auchmithie along cliff walk. Was looking forward to a nice cold beer,only to be told not a pub and had to have a meal. The lady did offer to refill water bottles but it was a nice beer I was looking...forward to.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 10 June 2023 via mobile

Stunning restaurant with amazing food run by a genuine friendly and very professional team If you want an authentic Scottish meal with beautiful fresh fish in gorgeous surroundings visit the But nBen . Thank you such a lovely experience

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 31 May 2023

Amazing food, fantastic - out of the world service. Made our dads birthday extra special. Plus made a kids special fish and chips which was not on the menu. Will be back - thanks everyone

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 27 May 2023

This was our first trip to the But n Ben for some years. We were delighted to find the food was just as good and the welcome just as warm. We were with French friends, who loved the traditional interior and the village. I had...the wonderful smoky pancake, the two wives had fish and chips, one with oatmeal, the other with batter and our other guest had Shetland mussels. All were delicious, as was the cheesecake and the fruit crumble. Our young waitresses were charming and efficient and as a highlight, Margo Horne appeared and at the end of the meal, we reminisced about old friends who used to eat there with us and who are no longer around. I even got a hug from Margo at the end. A thoroughly enjoyable trip down memory lane!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 6 May 2023

Lovely lunch with friends, two of us had been before and one of us had not. It certainly didn’t disappoint we all had the fish and chips with veg to share. Delicious haddock with lovely light crispy batter and crispy chips plenty of them and...veg was carrots and broccoli and a lovely creamy homemade tartar sauce. We also had sweet my friend and I had the homemade apple and rhubarb crumble with light creamy custard and our other friend had chocolate cake which they warmed for her with cream. I hadn’t been for a wee while and we kept speaking about how good it was at work so got it booked. Well worth it and just as delicious as I remembered.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Response from out4theday | Reviewed this property |
Not sure how close it is but I think there is some in Arbroath.
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Response from Jean C | Reviewed this property |
I doubt it very much but like BonnieRed a call is the answer, they are lovely people.
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Hi Boothie. I would estimate about 30ish in one sitting. Probably obvious to say that you would need to book that many as this is a popular place. I hope that is useful.
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BUT'n'BEN is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4