Relaxed dining in an atmospheric Old Town setting, complete with an appealing bar.
For those new to Monteith's, there can be a furrowed brow or two when inspecting the narrow High Street entrance; its low archway of twiggy thatch and twinkly lights possibly stirring up childhood memories of wintery, fairy-tale grottos. The cosy interior is more conventional, with a small, attractive bar area facing a dining room exhibiting a somewhat cavalier approach to matching chairs. The menu strongly showcases local produce and seafood is particularly prominent on the starters list, the pick of which is Arbroath smokie risotto with a perfect soft-poached egg; indulgent without being overly rich. A close second is hot-smoked salmon atop thin discs of pickled beetroot, the flaked fish teased into a pretty tower. Mains include well-presented venison with black cabbage and the efficient and personable servers can readily advise which side dishes should best accompany it. Nutmeg crème brûlée is a safe bet from the concise dessert menu and there’s an appealing cheese selection. The majority of wines are available by the glass, though you may prefer to dip into their lengthy and popular cocktail list.
- Private dining: Up to 56 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Classic 60s and 80s hits
- Capacity: 56
- Largest group: 22
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 47
- House wine: £21 per bottle
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