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The Bell Tree, Dundee.
The Bell Tree pub/restaurant
Member Name: jeffjen
The Bell Tree pub/restaurant
Date: 21/08/11, updated on 21/08/11 (200 review reads)
Advantages: Great service, food and surroundings
Situated on the A92 to Arbroath, The Bell Tree is a modern dining venue built in the Chef & Brewer style which advertises a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Previous to our visit here, I had no experience of a Chef & Brewer pub restaurant, but from the outside it certainly looked inviting enough, a large cosy-looking stone building with wooden tables and chairs set outside.
The setting is ideal, on the outskirts of Broughty Ferry and set away from the busy road and near a residential area, but also adjoining the Premier Inn and a handful of small retail outlets opposite, ensuring that this pub restaurant receives plenty of visitors.
Indeed on the evening of our visit, there wasn't any tables vacant when we first entered The Bell Tree around 7pm and as it was a warm sunny July evening, we sat outside with a drink until some tables became available. I really enjoyed sitting outside as it was a lovely evening, the sky shaded blue, pink and red as the sun was setting, so the fact we couldn't get a table for a while did not bother me in the slightest and is also testimony to how popular this place is.
After around half an hour a couple of tables were free inside, but we were enjoying sitting outside watching the sunset and so didn't bother going inside to find a table until around 8.30pm and by this time there were a few tables available.
I thought from the outside that The Bell Tree looked like a cosy place to eat and drink and my opinion did not change once we got inside. Wooden tables and chairs and wooden beams across the ceiling, match the wooden beams partitioning off certain areas to allow for cosy alcoves and private dining. The floor is a mixture of stone, wood and carpet and the walls were either bare brick or painted red or cream. Candles were placed on the tables and I also noticed real fires, which when lit during the winter months will add to the cosy feel inside. Everything looked really clean too and we found a table near a window and sat down.
Menus were placed on the tables, but there were also chalk boards around the pub offering specials and other dishes not listed on the menu.
As well as traditional dishes, there were also some extra-special dishes on the menu such as Organic Shetland Salmon, Chorizo Chicken, and Duo of Duck Salad as well as number of Spanish dishes which seemed to be from a Spanish promotional theme running in July. I noticed that they were also advertising a 'Flavour of Italy' month for the following month and this is as well as running 'Curry nights' on Thursdays and 'Fish nights' on Fridays, where a variety of curries and fish dishes are offered. Other themed nights such as a vegetarian night were also advertised.
It took a while for us to decide what to have as there were also some meal deals available from 5pm Mon-Thurs where you can choose 2 courses for £9.99 or 3 courses for £11.99. As it was a Thursday evening, I was tempted by the curry night where I was promised an Indian feast and a drink for just £9.99, but I was also tempted by the two courses for £9.99 deal too. I am a very indecisive person and it did take me some time to make up my mind!
In the end I went with the curry as being a curry night, I was tempted by the aroma of Indian food that many of the diners appeared to be enjoying. I ordered the mildest chicken curry on the menu and I was not disappointed with the generous portion which appeared. The chicken was very succulent breast pieces and the rice fluffy, just how I like it. I enjoyed it along with a poppadom and naan bread, washed down with a glass of wine and all for just £9.99. My partner enjoyed gammon and eggs followed by chocolate fudge cake from the two courses for £9.99 deal. I couldn't have managed a dessert of my own after my curry and my partner didn't think he could eat all the fudge cake, so we shared it and I can confirm it was delicious.
As well as the usual beers and spirits, The Bell Tree offers a number of fine wines as well as three guest ales. Speciality teas and coffees were also available and I enjoyed a frothy latte the following morning which was served to my table whilst sitting outside, before we left to continue our journey up to Inverness.
If you are staying at the adjacent Premier Inn and booking breakfast, then it is served here inside The Bell Tree too.
As I mentioned earlier it was very clean inside and this can also be said about the toilets too, which also cater for the disabled as well as having a separate baby changing unit. Children are welcome here too and there is a separate children's menu, although there were only one or two there at the time of my visit and overall it was a quiet, cosy atmosphere despite it being quite busy.
I cannot fault the service, food or surroundings at The Bell Tree. The staff were very friendly and attentive and we didn't wait long for our meals to be served after ordering. I was impressed with my visit to both this pub restaurant and also the adjacent Premier Inn and will return here again.
Opening times :
Monday - Thursday 11am - 11pm.
Friday & Saturday 11am - 12midnight.
Sunday 12.30pm - 11pm
The Bell Tree,
Summary: A great place to visit for a meal in Dundee.