First impressions of The Stag Bar and Coffee Shop are good. A well maintained building painted a crisp white with sharp contrasting black around the windows. Inside the attention to detail continues with The Stag having benefited from a major refurbishment.
The Stag has set itself apart from other pub rivals by creating a separate coffee shop upstairs rather than trying to blend both offerings. The main coffee shop area is decorated in rich red patterned wallpaper, low lighting, dark wood tables and comfortable leather chairs. On a cold November day it felt like snuggling into a welcoming lounge. I'm not sure if it would feel a little dark mid summer but there is a lighter more airy room too.
My Dad and I settled in for coffee and tray bakes. There was a good selection of tempting treats if you fancy something sweet as well as scones. After some deliberation I chose the Cranberry Caramel (£1.20) it was tasty and I thought good value. The Stag also has a good selection of newspapers and magazines to suit all ages and interests. If I hadn't had a wriggly baby sat on my knee then I could easily have nestled into my comfy chair for a few hours of celebrity gossip and home decoration inspiration.
The Stag also serves lunch and dinner. I haven't eaten here but I am reliably informed that it's to be recommended. The Stag doesn't go over the top trying too many lunch combinations, instead they keep it focused on sandwiches, baked potatoes, salads and soups. Sandwich options include soft white or rustic wholemeal bread, wraps or toasted focaccia. There are then nine different fillings for any of these sandwich options or for the baked potatoes.
While the fillings are classic, the Stag has added some flair to the choices. Try tuna with sun-dried tomatoes and black olives, mixed in a lemon and herb mayonnaise. Alternatively you could go for a more oriental flavour range with Chinese chicken coated in mango chutney and fresh coriander. At £4 for any sandwich and £4.50 for the focaccia this is great value especially considering that hand fried potato crisps and a salad are also included. Forfar and the surrounding area is a great producer of potatoes and it's lovely to know that the baked potatoes are locally sourced.
The Stag is family friendly, too, with highchairs, nappy changing facilities and I spied a box of toys that would be ideal to keep a little one quiet.