The Old Brewhouse

Arbroath:

The usual debate of “pub or not” ensued here. It describes iself as

family run à la carte restaurant and bar with accommodation

Just about pub, as there’s a bar that seems to be primarily for drinking, and it looks pubby, in a recently made-over kind of way from outside, but I’m now wondering, especially given that a pretty simple lunch (sandwich and fries, Cullen Skink, 2 drinks each) for 2 ran up a 35 quid bill. Staff were really pleasant, and it wasn’t a bad place to sit, but no cask ale, and food that was good rather than exceptional.

The Speedwell Bar

Dundee:

So, this time, the heritage pub guide and GBG both had this, and it’s a real gem. Almost unaltered early 20th century pub, multi-roomed and with partitions in the main,largest room. There’s TVs and a fruit machine, sadly, but they don’t spoil the effect of unspoilt Scottish boozer, little altered since it was built. Well worth the walk out of town.

The Ship Inn

Broughty Ferry:

Popular (too popular!) pub, and semi-seperate restaurant. We’d tried to get in on Saturday, and didn’t even get through the door.

We were a bit luckier on Sunday, there was space and a couple of seats. Sadly, those seats were next to a gobshite and her friend who seemed to think playing music on a mobile phone was appropriate, so we didn’t stay to eat. The pub itself is fine- good beer and wine, decent-looking pub food, decent staff, though, and a great location.

The Royal Arch

Broughty Ferry;

A pub of two parts, both very nice. The bar is traditional Scottish pub, and the lounge is something special; a full-on art-deco lounge, with stained glass, statuettes (free-standing and part of the bar stools), and period seating.

The lounge is dedicated to (great) food. There’s a couple of decent cask ales, plus some keg craft bollocks, and all the usuals. Staff great.

From outside, the lounge is very obviously an add-on to the original pub, on a corner site

The Fisherman’s Tavern

Broughty Ferry:

We’d underestimated just how busy Broughty Ferry could be on a Saturday night: this place was rammed, but we just scored a table by sheer luck.

This is a CAMRA award winning pub for multiple years, and seems well enough liked by the community for them to get all in a froth about the refurb which seems to have been completed fairly recently- when we were there, a local CAMRA member (yes, with beard) was taking photos and being shown round. The pub is three cottages, turned into a pub-with-rooms. The refurb has opened it up, which is a shame, but it’s still a decent place despite Greene King (Belhaven)’s best efforts. Great beer (courtesy of non-GK guest ales), decentish pub food, really great staff, pleasant customers (a requirement, given the density).

The Occidental Bar

Broughty Ferry, Dundee:
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Our local for a week, being the nearest pub to our holiday cottage. An ordinary Scottish community pub away from the main tourist drag at the waterfront. When we walked in early on a Saturday evening it was rammed in the bar, busy in the lounge, but we found seats, a short distance from a group of lads from a football team, one with a remarkable Dwayne Dibley haircut that presumably is fashionable now, like I’d know.

Anyway, the pub. busy, pleasant enough, no food, no cask (so Heverlee it was). Much quieter on Tuesday evening, handy for the bus service. The name just kept reminding me of Piper Alpha, though.

In Ur Pubz, Drinkin Ur Beerz