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A revisit. Ate here, too. Food not bad, staff friendly. No horrible ale this time, because no ale full stop: maybe the reason it was vile was that it didn’t sell. Not too bad a pub, but Rhos Fynach up the road is nicer (but more expensive too).
Another converted bank. Is every pub in Dundee an ex-bank?
Anyway, another ‘spoons, so you know the drill. Cheap, reasonable food, decent beer. Great location in the centre of town, near the McManus gallery.
Opposite the Bank Bar, and another Belhaven (Greene King) pub, another bank conversion. Very nicely done inside too, all wood panelling, but a bit limited on seating given the sheer space- I ended up sat in the dining area without noticing. Decent beer, friendly staff. typical GK pubfood menu. A fairly typical modern city pub, but not soulless.
More Greene King stuff. Converted from an old post office, inside is a bit from the GK catalogue, this one with the slightly trendy section being used. Standard pub food, no cask ale, but Punk IPA on keg. Friendly barman, slightly steep prices.
A ‘spoons. Quite a nice spoons, steep stairs to get in, but wonder of wonder, toilets on the same floor. Other than that, no surprises.
Belhaven (so Greene King) pub in the city centre. We’d been to the nearby, very new, V&A Dundee (which was ace).
Don’t let the GK put you off. Good choice of guest beer, great staff, and good food. Pleasantly not-too-plush, not-too-contrived decor; a conversion from a bank, like several Dundee pubs. Prices entirely reasonable, too.
‘spoons. Move along, no surprises here. Decent enough beer and staff, attached hotel. Unusually, toilets on the same floor as the bar.
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).
A Ember Inn, so it’s a pub for people that don’t like pubs :-).
I’m being unkind. Ember Inns are OK, in their way. The food’s usually at least OK, they tend to have a few cask ales on, the interiora are a bit of a fake-traditional thing- and this was the case here. It’s an imposing building outside- late 19th century at a guess.
Ember Inns used to have a no children policy, but I they’ve sadly relented on that now, not that it was a problem for us on a weekday lunchtime.
Beer was fine, but maybe a bit cold for some real ale twats, fine for me.
A mile or two outside the city. We were heading further afield, but the weather turned for the worse, so we turned off the A51 and dropped in.
It’s a Vintage Inn, M&B’s “traditional” brand. Pretty standard, very-slighty-upmarket pub food, drinks to match, reasonable ale choice (Dizzy Blonde, Pedigree, and Doom Bore, the first two of which were in good order), popular with the Lichfield set for lunch. Hotel on site (Innkeepers Lodge), standard pubco decor. Decent enough food without charging the earth, and a nice building.