But 'n' Ben

But 'n' Ben
Ethie Street, Auchmithie, by Arbroath, Angus, DD11 5SQ
  • Telephone 01241 877223
  • Seasonal times Closed for two weeks in Nov
  • Food served Mon & Wed–Sat noon–2pm, 6–9pm; Sun noon–2pm, high tea 4–6.30pm. Closed Tue.
  • Average price £15 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Website www.butnbenauchmithie.co.uk
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.

In its attractive cottage setting in cliff-top Auchmithie, the But 'n' Ben has been consistently good for years. Expect to find wonderful, fresh oysters and fish including a tasty Arbroath smokie pancake. Home cooking and properly honest fare predominate, with generous portions and a pudding trolley is always groaning with gateaux, cheesecakes and apple pie.

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In a long low cottage in the old fishing village of Auchmithie, this second-generation family-run restaurant has been popular with locals and visitors for nearly 40 years, especially after a bracing walk along the sea cliffs. The successful formula of seafood, beef and game presented either very simply or in hearty sauces has held its appeal over the years, as has the sweet trolley stacked with traditional fruit pies, crumbles and cakes. The oysters, crabs and lobsters (when available) are always good, and in the winter the craving for comfort food is met by Arbroath smokie soup, and game pie with plentiful seasonal vegetables. The décor is unpretentious, with plain wooden tables and chairs, though there is a comfortable area by the bar for pre- or post-dinner drinks. Chef Angus Horn cooks with local seafood whenever possible, and sources his game and beef from Dundee.

  • Private dining: Up to 14 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 42
  • Largest group: 42
  • Open since: 1975
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £12.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Angus Horn on Arbroath smokies

11 Jul 2012

The Angus Larder - Chef's Choice

Angus Horn, head chef and proprietor of the But 'n' Ben in Auchmithie, on how to spot the perfect Arbroath smokie, and the best ways to use them.