A stone's throw from both Arbroath Abbey and the harbour, the Pageant is one of the more sedate pubs in Arbroath. Catering for a slightly older clientele, children are nevertheless welcomed if 14+ and dining accompanied. The pub is notable for a couple of things. Firstly, it features what is apparently an original, interior stone wall. Secondly, it has a rather curious dining area, akin to a sit-down fish 'n' chip shop, of the like we have rarely (if ever) seen in a pub. It's an airy place, comfortable and clean with leather settees one could almost melt into. The owners were missing a trick, however. Perhaps the early warm weather had caught them unawares (they might be forgiven, sun in May in these parts is rare), but they told us that "we like to put chairs out the front when the weather's good". Well, we would hazard a guess that it doesn't often get much better than the day we were in town. As it is, all there was seating-wise was a rather unsatisfactory small outside area, spoilt by the continual whirr of a fan. A minor gripe, though, in what is a pleasant pub. We didn't eat, but there's a decent local menu (although they don't do Arbroath smokies!) and the beer, though standard Scots (Tennent's, Belhaven etc.) was perfectly decent. We understand that it's known locally and beyond for weekend live music - a pity we were there in midweek.
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Reviewed by kentish_man
29 Jun 2010