BEST SPOTS TO EAT IN OBAN
Oban is a perfect destination for any food lover. With miles of glorious coastline, this beautiful part of Scotland is renowned for the seafood hauled fresh from its waters. And you’ll find a host of restaurants, pubs and hotels serving up this fabulous array of dishes in stunning coastal locations.
Our beautiful fishing port town of Oban is renowned for its name as ‘Scotland’s Seafood Capital,’ is the place to sample the region’s fresh seafood. However we know that Seafood isn’t for everyone, but there are plenty of other delicious food to experience. From award-winning fine dining to family-friendly pubs to the freshest fish and chips, there's something for all tastes and budgets.
Below I have put together a list of my personal favourites as a guide, but speak to any local (we are very friendly us Scots) and they would be more than happy to suggest others. I also post a lot of local places to eat on Instagram too, check us out @westcoastcottages.
First up is our local pub hidden among the hills of Lerag’s Glen, The Barn Bar. I feel this pub is great for everything, however I might be biased as I pretty much lived there from the age of 7 being friends with the owners daughters and still continue to go now.
The food and service is great, the atmosphere is welcoming and us locals are always friendly. There is a play park for the kids and dogs are also welcome.
There is also a fantastic walk up to the loch you can do and even take a swim in (if you are lucky to come on a week we have sun!)
Then we have Oban’s most iconic pub, The Oban Inn. Classic pub food, but you can’t beat the atmosphere here. Whether you are sitting outside looking on to Oban Bay, watching the ferry come in and out or upstairs listening to live music or trying to win at the quiz night sipping on a Scottish Whiskey, the pub is an all round gem.
Restaurants with views of Oban Bay
If you like seafood then The Waterfront and Eeusk are great to go to, however I will say they are slightly pricey but you’re on your holidays, so why not!
Both serve some of the finest fresh fish and shellfish on the West of Scotland and offer lovely views of the bay, The Waterfront showing the South end of the pier and Eeusk showing the North.
If you don’t want to dine in to try our local fish, my suggestion would be to pop to Norries Fish and Chip shop, which is hands down the best fish and chip shop in Oban (even Gordon Ramsey paid a visit!) You can sit in or take away and do to the benches round the bay or along the esplanade and watch the world go by.
If you don’t fancy fish, then you have Cuan Mor and Piazza. Cuan Moor is a modern, unique and charismatic restaurant/bar with a range of home cooked food as well as local ales and whiskeys and offering delightful views across Oban Bay. Also situated under our Imperial Apartment.
Piazza is an Italian restaurant with glass windows offering full views of the North Pier and Kerrera. Lovely and bright inside, modern and cosy, nice food and atmosphere.
New to Oban we have Baabs Meze & Grill. Baabs is a Eastern Mediterranean restaurant and I could recommend it more! You walk in to welcoming and pleasant staff who talk you through the menu and recommend what to order and how many dishes, the décor is warm and elegant and well the food and cocktails are unreal! Must visit when you visit West Coast Cottages. Situated in The Pearl Hotel in Oban.
If you fancy an Indian, I highly suggest Spice World. The staff are so pleasant and attentive, it’s a relaxing atmosphere and food is so delicious and meats are cooked perfectly.
There are two very cute café’s you have to try while staying at West Coast Cottages.
The first is Kerrera Teapot Garden and Bunkhouse. The Tea Garden is perfectly located at the southern end of the circular walk route on the Island of Kerrera, just a few minutes away from the stunning Gylen Castle. They serve hearty soups, homemade breads and a selection of delicious cakes to accompany fairtrade teas and coffees to energise you on a walk round the amazing island.
Second, The Chocolate Company. This is a purple, chocolate and waffle overload!! Range of cakes, scones, hot drinks and of course innovative handmade chocolates. Perfect also for gifts to take home.
Other wee café’s I recommend in Oban is Poppies Garden Centre and Café, Roxy’s and The View at Castle Stalker all serving delicious sandwiches, cakes and more
Out of Oban
If you catch the five minute ferry over to Kerrera you will find The Way Point. The perfect little get away serving beautifully presented local produce. However it is only open on certain months of the year so make sure you check before you go.
The Cregan Inn and The Pier house are two more I would recommend outside of Oban, based in Appin, they both have breath-taking views, a relaxed and romantic atmosphere and delicious food.
Published by: Victoria Mossman