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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.
US$4 - US$16
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
British, Bar, Scottish
Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Outdoor Seating
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Browsing around the almost Parisian feel of 'The Ferry' (as it's widely known)on the sunniest day this year so far, my lady and I walked into The Royal Arch at the northern end of Gray Street ... a well kept and obviously well-beloved establishment. First...More

Date of visit: May 2021
Jon S, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear950anguse, many thanks for those most kind words. To us your 5 * review is memorable, being the first since 2nd Lockdown end. You certainly do have a sixth sense for all that’s good in Hospitality. I love too your comparison of the Ferry with...More

Reviewed 22 September 2020 via mobile

Only been for a drink, and sat outside, but what a friendly mine host! My hubby discovered a liking for a delicious local pale ale there. We will definitely be back!

Date of visit: September 2020
JonS522, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2020

Dear Janmiker, what a nice surprise today to see on Trip Advisor your 5 star “ drinks only” review! Long may your hubby enjoy his “delicious” pale ale. Look after yourselves. Jon.

Reviewed 24 August 2020

We were on holiday in Broughty Ferry from England and really impressed with the Covid safety rules in place here. Socially distanced tables, perspex screens between most, even the need to reserve them just for a drink at busy times, a one-way system, drinks brought...More

Date of visit: August 2020
JonS522, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2020

Dear Wilko59, That is one very kind review for which we are all thankful. As you allude to, safe and friendly are the keynotes with conviviality still “on the back burner”. That’ll return before we know it. Thanks for your gift of five stars and...More

Reviewed 16 August 2020

Fabulous food sun was out staff were helpful and happy to help Good choice of menus food well presented Workin with COVID rulesMore

Date of visit: August 2020
JonS522, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2020

Hello annpert2018, with Covid safety so important, your five star review and praise for our compliance is a very welcome boost. Sharon, Ahmed and my son Jonathan Iain have worked so hard to make that happen. Michelle for good food and all our colleagues are...More

Reviewed 22 July 2020 via mobile

So glad to see them open again after lockdown. Food wonderful as always. My Dad became ill during our lunch, staff coped so well and were calm and beyond kind. Helped Dad to feel less embarrassed. Cannot praise them enough. Barman Ali was excellent and...More

Date of visit: July 2020
JonS522, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2020

Hi Fionafraser123, thank you for visiting along with your Dad. Please call us on 07946280313 to let us now how your father is keeping? That “turn” must have been stressful for you. Hopefully he’s having a speedy recovery? I’ll pass on your thanks to Ally...More

Reviewed 17 July 2020 via mobile

This is a regular favourite of ours when we don’t want to cook. Steak pie and macaroni cheese are amazing and staff are very friendly. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 12 May 2020

I absolutely love coming here. My last visit was amazing, me and a few friends stopped by and I got my usual (steak pie) and it never disappoints. The staff are so friendly and it really is an amazing authentic pub in Dundee. My first...More

Date of visit: May 2020
JonS522, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2020

Hello Rachael1993, what tonic you’ve handed to us on this dull, overcast lockdown day! A milllion thankyous for visiting in early March and for posting your 5 star review. We all look forward to seeing you again when things are back to (new) normal! Keep...More

Reviewed 9 March 2020

What a lovely place to eat and drink, the staff are super friendly, the food is amazing! Would highly recommend to anyone

Date of visit: March 2020
JonS522, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2020

Hello JewelsNotTools, your kind review is greatly appreciated by all of us here at The Arch! Thanks especially for praising our people because they’re the ones who are making your experience a pleasure. Best wishes and thanks for visiting, Jonathan.

Reviewed 13 February 2020

Decided to eat out last sunday for lunch. Have been before as we know the food here is really good. We arrived about 12.30pm and was quickly seated. Our server came and brought the menu and took our drinks order. We both ordered chicken and...More

Date of visit: February 2020
JonS522, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2020

Hi Z8705LOmichaelg, delighted to read of “superb soup”. Your phrase could become our marketing strap line! Thanks for visiting and for reviewing with enthusiasm. You’ll encourage us to maintain this standard! Best wishes to yourself & Partner. Jonathan S.

Reviewed 13 February 2020

Go here regular and I have never had bad service or a bad meal. Great staff all friendly and helpful, food amazing would highly recommend!! 😊😊 the bar is Great too ! Thanks for a great day with the family. Hope to see you soon...More

Date of visit: February 2020
JonS522, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2020

Dear Lisa, thanks for posting this lovely review which has come at an important time for us. We try our best to please. “Friendly, helpful staff with amazing food” is exactly what we crave to give our customers. Please say hello next time you visit!...More

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15 December 2019|
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Response from Jon S | Property representative |
Hi tort100, indeed they are. Children and young persons have separate access according to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2006. Such access is posted clearly at each of our doors.
Tanya M
2 December 2019|
Response from Jon S | Property representative |
Hi Tanya, since tha railway line was built, ie 1840 as The Railway Tavern. In 1879 it’s name was changed to the Royal Arch
10 April 2018|
Response from neileimrie | Reviewed this property |
Hi - sorry just read your question. Dogs are not allowed in the lounge eating area but you can take your dog into the bar area where you can also have meals etc. Regards, Neil
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The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5