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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.
PRICE RANGE
£3 - £11
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
British, Bar, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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We stumbled upon The Royal Arch owing to the restaurant at the Premier Inn being closed because of "No Staff". Well they did us a great favour as we found this lovely little pub restaurant. The food was excellent, well presented and very tasty. The...2 staff members were in competition to see who could give the best service and I have to call it a draw!! Thank you to both Daniel and Fife (written alphabetically) for the great service and banter. Two great young guys with so much to offer this world. Unfortunately for you, we will be back :) ..More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hospitality, second to none. Rouring fire, Tennant lager, served as the perfect pint, even Scotsrail train times live streamed. And all served with a smile. Thank you

Date of visit: May 2024
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Traveller, we’re thrilled by your 5 star review being our 401st. A very good start to the 400s! Thanks for visiting. We look forward to serving you again. Take care, Jon

Reviewed 15 April 2024

Met up with family for drinks on Friday evening. Great atmosphere, good selection of beers, excellent bar staff and good value.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2024

Hi Graeme R, thanks for posting your kind review. This is what makes our work so fulfilling. Enjoy Springtime! Jon.

Reviewed 16 March 2024

Excellent staff, excellent food, and very reasonably priced, almost too cheap,(Dan) with the speedy strong accent could not do enough for us, liked it so much we went back three times in the week. do not go to Broty without going here...More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2024

Hi Roryxxx, yours is a lovely review (399th) from which we shall take great pride. I heard from the Team, of your loyalty to The Royal Arch during your stay. It’s great to be replying, i just wish that i was there to have said...More

Reviewed 7 March 2024

Lovely looking comfortable pub with beautiful stained glass windows and some interesting pictures on the wall right in the heart of Broughty Ferry. Friendly staff. Good to be able to have a choice of a couple of cask ales. Named after the sadly demolished Victorian...arch that used to be in Dundee. There's supposed to be a fragment of it on display but neither of the staff had ever heard of it.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2024

Hi Red.Jez1, thanks for coming in and for reviewing so generously . Indeed our people are a friendly bunch who love to welcome visitors. The fragment is loaned to Dundee City Council’s McManus Galleries. Hopefully you can see it there or here next time!

Reviewed 8 December 2023

Came across this cosy pub on my visit down to broughty ferry. Honestly speaking I couldn’t have stumbled across a better pub. The staff make you feel very welcome on arrival and the pub its self is a very cosy environment. I stayed for food...and ordered the steak pie. 5 stars for the food. Came out hot and flavourful. Would recommend. If you’re ever looking for a place for a bite to eat or a couple drinks royal arch is definitely the place for you in the ferry.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2023

Dear JoshuakQ3246UX, Our entire Team thanks you wholeheartedly for this pleasing 5 star review which could not have come at a better time! Your kindness of spirit is an inspiration. Have a well-deserved lovely Christmas break and many more enjoyable meals out in 2024, wherever...More

Reviewed 20 November 2023

Right next to the station for those pre train drinks! It is a great wee bar, lovely and quiet - but with a cosy atmosphere.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2023

Hello L157…, thanks for visiting and reviewing eith 5 stars. I’m so pleased to read of friendly attitudes. We wish you a happy ,healthy 2024 and look forward to serving you again. Jon.

Reviewed 4 October 2023

Great location, amazing food and great excellent value for money. Staff very friendly and fab atmosphere!! 5⭐️ all round. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Laura, thanks lots for reviewing and for giving us 5 stars. It’s so reassuring to hear of friedliness and good value. We look forward to serving you again soon! Best wishes, Jonathan.

Reviewed 22 August 2023

The sun was shining, we grabbed pavement tables & had a spot of dinner. Good selection of food on offer, and a wide range of drinks too. All very reasonably priced.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2023

Dear L1571, thanks for posting this very kind 5 star review. We’re all delighted for you in that this week’s rain cleared for long enough for you to enjoy your time with us! Best wishes, Jon

Reviewed 17 August 2023

I went in to use the toilet and it was the cleanest toilet I have ever used. The staff were so friendly as I didn’t have card with me to make a transaction and I felt bad using the toilet without making a purchase. I...will 100% be going back here for a drink in the near future as the staff were so friendly and the bar had a great selection of drinks.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2023

Martin! With that clever headline, you could be a journalist. Thanks for those kind words and 5 stars which help us compete against the adjacent pub giants eg Wetherspoon and Heineken. Best wishes from us all.

Reviewed 2 July 2023 via mobile

A fantastic warm welcome and an amazing selection of beers including real ales. This is our favourite go to pub in the ferry. The staff are a credit to the licencee.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2023

Hi Steve9771, thanks for posting this very welome 5 star review! Always nice to hear of warm hospitality shown by our people.Haste ye’ back!

Reviewed 19 June 2023

I visited with a close friend of mine on Friday afternoon and what a lovely welcome we received. Lots of friendly attentive staff on hand. Busy atmosphere mid afternoon which is great to see in the current climate. We were lucky enough to find outdoor...seating which we sat in all afternoon. Bar is located in a central location which gives the excellent chances to see any friends which may be walking by. Reasonably priced drinks and never a wait at the bar. Chilled out holiday atmosphere in the sun with lovely refreshing drinks. Glasses cleared from tables quickly and never a queue in the bathroom when I went. I didn’t have food on this occasion but will definitely be back another time .I must say though the bar snacks of warm nuts were yum! Thank you for your welcoming hospitality 😌More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2023

Hi Natalia S, seeing your enthusiastic and comprehensive 5 star review makes our job even more of a pleasure! Thanks so much. Enjoy your Summer. Jon x

Reviewed 30 April 2023 via mobile

Food is in high quantity and is tasty but isn’t as good as it used to be. The salads here used to be legendary! The staff are so lovely and friendly

Date of visit: March 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2023

Hi GlamourDundee, Thanks for your visit and your review. We’re delighted to hear more of our friendly Team, the pub’s nice atmosphere and the tasty food. This time ee dropped a (salad) star but will work hard to regain it next time!

Reviewed 24 April 2023 via mobile

Usually only come here for drinks which is always great - service, drinks and beer garden area all really nice. This time, we came for a meal and that was really good too! Service was fab, portions were decent and lots to choose from on...menu. Also nice atmosphere inside the bar / restaurant area too.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2023

Hello Jodss10, Your analysis covers almost every aspect of the business here. Pleasingly we seem to” tick all boxes”, thank you. Next time we will look to capture that missing fifth star! Your visit here and review are greatly appreciated. Many thanks. Jonathan.

Reviewed 18 April 2023

Had a lovely relaxing lunch in here yesterday I have been before and each time the service is excellent the food is excellent and the staff are very welcoming highly recommended

Date of visit: April 2023
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Jon Stewart, Owner at The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2023

Kind words Sally 1747 and much appreciated by all! We’re delighted that you’re relaxed with us. How nice also to read of excellent staff & food. Have a lovely summer Sally. x Jon.

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tort100
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.
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Tanya M
2 December 2019|
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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
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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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