Dundee food districts: Broughty Ferry
- Claire Smith
- 4 September 2015
Capturing the flavour of the city’s tastier quarters
Ahh, the Ferry. This seaside town attracts the full spectrum of visitors, from families en route to the park and groups of retired ladies who lunch to teenagers desperate to escape their parents. You’ll see them all here.
First stop for many – young and old – is Visocchi’s. Opened in 1954, this delightful Italian café still sees queues out the door on a summer’s day waiting for an ice-cream crafted by Roberto from traditional recipes handed down through the generations of the Caira family.
There’s something comforting too about a fish supper, and Murray’s is the place for those, while The Ship on the seafront serves bar food with a nautical theme. Also by the sea, and great for a date night or catch-up dinner with friends, Sol Y Sombra is a popular tapas restaurant adding a dash of Spanish sunshine to the silvery Tay.
Broughty Ferry’s network of pubs provides a friendly welcome to locals and visitors. A-listers have been spotted in the Fisherman’s Tavern in Fort Street when the Open Golf Championship is on at Carnoustie or St Andrews. Just up the road, the Fort, run by the Black family, hosts regular charity pub quizzes and is a late-night venue on weekends with a DJ. Bruach Bar on Brook Street is popular for its food, and has become known as a great brunch spot.
Jessie’s Kitchen is a popular café set in a garden centre with views over the river, while homely comforts can also be found at Willows Coffee Shop, where big hunks of cake accompany coffee (or milkshakes). A block away along Brown Street the contemporary style of Collinsons Restaurant provides a smart setting for modern Scottish dining.
A short hop back across Brook Street is Gracie’s, which started life as a tapas restaurant but now provides gourmet burgers, house salads and hot dogs. The team behind Gracie’s run regular comedy nights – something a bit different for the Ferry.