“ Address: Colliston / Arbroath / Angus / DD11 3RP / Scotland / Tel: 01241 890 232 „
The Colliston Inn is a medium-sized pub and hotel set in rolling countryside on the A923 just outside Arbroath in Angus, Scotland. The main building is an old grey sandstone house - a former manse - that's been converted into guest rooms and a downstairs pub. Additional seating for the restaurant is available in a large conservatory-style annexe, and in terms of accommodation there is also a separate log-cabin / chalet behind the main building that's available for rent. It's a pleasant set-up in a nice location.
The Inn's main unique selling point at the time I visited was its serving of something known locally (nationally?) as 'high tea'; a phenomenon I hadn't previously had personal experience of, which I now know effectively means eating your dinner / evening meal at about four o'clock in the afternoon. More familiar meals such as lunch and dinner are also served at the usual times, and I see from the online menus, that for these menus, the Inn aspires to something more of a 'gastropub' 'it's all local' status.
So, a high tea taken at the Colliston Inn is just like going for a pub lunch only it's differently timed: when you arrive in mid-afternoon you are greeted by vast quantities of free toast bread and butter, after which you select your choice of pub high tea main meal a la carte from such usual pub grub favourites as beer-battered fish'n chips, steak pie and gravy, roast beef with all the trimmings, etc. Most of the main meals cost about £10 - £12, which is quite reasonable given that a dessert selection of cakes, meringues and scones is brought out to the table (again free) once you've finished. It's above average to good basic pub-lunch type food, served in generous portions.
Although the interior of the dining room and pub is getting a little bit tatty around the edges, it's still quite acceptable, and the Inn has won local awards for the quality of its staff. The 'early bird' dinner menu seems to attract patrons from the older age group from miles around: when we visited on a grey Sunday afternoon, there was a coach-load of senior citizens just finishing their high tea, so the all-round ambience was if anything, quietly sedate.