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“Excellent food and drink, reasonably priced ”
Review of The Drovers Inn

The Drovers Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Memus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$51
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Drovers Inn is an intriguing pub and restaurant offering both a traditional Scottish inn atmosphere and contemporary fine dining. Situated midway between Forfar and Kirriemuir,in the little village of Memus.Enjoy a hearty meal and a well earned ale by the fire in our traditional Scottish pub after a days walking in the Angus Glens or savour a superb meal in our elegant, stylish sixty seat restaurant. In summer our guests also enjoy the outdoor dining area under the trees while their children romp in the large open air play area.Our menu features modern Scottish cuisine at its very best, using herbs from our own garden and quality, locally sourced seasonal produce. The exceptional food is complemented by an extensive wine list and large selection of whiskies and cognacs to complete the experience.
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We had an excellent meal here - langoustine risotto and partridge starters with a glass of prosecco, venison burger and lamb mains with a lovely glass of Malbec. Brilliant cheese board with some very interesting flavours, and a beautiful Cranachan to finish. Highly recommend food and restaurant atmosphere. Only negative was loud noises throughout meal created by staff sorting out cutlery near to all the customer tables.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We’d been here before and loved it so were not sure what to expect when we heard it had been taken over. We booked a table for 6 adults, 1 child (age 3). When we were seated, no one took our coats and there was no seat/setting for our daughter but we were just left with menus as the staff didn’t notice. Staff then came to take our drinks order yet we were still waiting for a chair for our daughter. So we asked again for a chair and then had to chase this up whilst my daughter and I stood at the table and waited. They also gave us no children’s menu, I eventually found one myself on a nearby trolley. They took our order and we then waited (and waited) 1 hour for our main courses to arrive - too long. Bread arrived - none for our daughter and we had to ask for butter. The food was lovely - portions of the lamb and pheasant a little small compared to other meals we had but good flavour. Again we had to ask for cutlery and a napkin for our daughter. We then ordered dessert and after we waited (and waited) another hour for them to arrive they were all lovely - the deconstructed cheesecake portion was also a little stingy. Again we had to ask for cutlery for our daughter. On both courses my daughters meal was served last - I thought all family restaurants knew to serve children first and definitely not keep them waiting. The restaurant itself was cold - it had snowed that day and yet the radiator near us wasn’t on. We were also seated next to the kitchen with a partition which was fine except the table was too close to it which meant staff struggled to pass all the drinks/ meals to those seated with their backs on (literally) the partition. It also lacked atmosphere and the overall impression was of staff rushing around getting ready when customers were already seated - not relaxing for diners. It was almost as though there was no one managing the place and it was everyone’s first day on the job! A table next to us were playing cards!? Perhaps this was a big hint!? Big improvement on the management and service needed before we return - it tested our patience to the limit. Excellent food ruined by poor service. Such a shame.

Date of visit: March 2018
8  Thank WendyWombat73
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We went for dinner on Saturday night with friends to try out the new menu as now under new ownership. Previously at the Drovers the food could be a hit or a miss. The food on Saturday night was superb, the fillet steak was extremely good and great value for money at £25 with all the trimmings. There were four of us and everyone had an excellent meal. The Arbroath Smokey tart and haggis Bon bons to start we’re delicious. Great to see a husband and wife team take over and I’m sure it will be a big success with food like that ! Great service too.

Date of visit: March 2018
3  Thank LadyMuckForfar
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Took a trip up to The Drovers with family for a nice Sunday dinner. We were certainly not disappointed. We arrived a bit early with plans to have a drink\coffee in the bar area. Two log fires were burning so the room was lovely and warm. The wines list looked pretty impressive but unfortunately I was designated driver so I settled for a coffee, which was lovely. Soon we moved through to the restaurant and were shown to our table. Waiting staff were all exceptional, couldn’t fault them. We all settled on what 3 courses we would have and didn’t have to wait long until our starters arrived. The food was exceptional, I honestly could not fault it. Great menu, plenty of choice for all. Warm home made bread and butter was brought to the table while we waited for our starters which was a great touch. I’d highly recommend the Venison or Lamb and the desserts were all superb, especially the clootie dumpling and lemon cheesecake. Can’t wait to return!

Date of visit: March 2018
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2  Thank RuthD1511
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Terrible news today that the truly excellent manageress Cath, has been summarily booted out by the new owners only 4 days after they took over.
Hard to imagine that this will do anything positive for the place. It does not bode well when the first major decision of the new owners is to make the place worse.
They say a new broom sweeps clean. Sadly the best of the Drovers has been swept clean in a few hours. Really sorry for Cath. A bad loss to all the locals.

Date of visit: March 2018
11  Thank Cryoftruth
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