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Published December 6th 2012
Tuck yourself away with a coffee and the papers
The Stag
The Stag


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.

The Stag, Tray Bakes, Forfar, Angus
Coffee & Treats

Tray Bakes, Cakes, The Stag, Forfar, Angus, Scotland
A tasty selection on offer to go with your coffee


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.

The Stag, Bar, Beer Pumps, Draught beer, Forfar, Angus
The Downstairs Bar


Downstairs the more traditional bar has all the warmth of upstairs. With a roaring open log fire on a cold winter day, I challenge you not to want to draw up a seat and enjoy a whisky.

Open Fire, Log burning fire, real fire, The Stag, Forfar, Angus
Relax by the open fire


If you're looking for a function room for a private get together or a team meeting then The Stag can accommodate up to 45 people. This is the venue of choice for the local Rotary group.

Function Room, The Stag, Forfar, Angus, Rotary, Business meeting, family
Function Room




A quality and cosy venue with friendly service and attention to detail, The Stag is ideal for a hot beverage, bite to eat or drink at the bar.
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Why? A cosy coffee or bite to eat
When: Cafe 9am - 4:30pm except Sunday 11am-4pm
Phone: 01307 468564
Where: 142-144 Castle Street, Forfar, Angus, DD8 3HX
Cost: Sandwich 4
Your Comment
I will have to try it next time I'm in Forfar!
by Jane Street (score: 2|438) 2145 days ago
This has certainly changed - it was quite notorious when I was at school. Looks rather nice now.!
by Lindsay Law (score: 2|392) 2143 days ago
I fancy a wee dram downstairs in the bar next to the fire
by rober (score: 1|24) 2121 days ago
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