Oban pier welcomes local produce cafe

Oban pier welcomes local produce cafe

A new cafe has opened at a former passenger area on Oban pier, creating three full time jobs, and offering residents and visitors some of Argyll’s finest foods to eat in or take out.

Social enterprise, the Food from Argyll co-operative has transformed the space after collaborating with Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) and CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL) to find a use for the empty space formally used by Hebridean Ferries.

The cafe is Food from Argyll’s first physical establishment and now provides a base from which to run their trading arm.

The cooperative has been supported over the last nine years in part by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Argyll & Bute Council, as well as receiving European and national funding for specific projects.  Funding for the café project came from Food from Argyll’s successful participation in the Festival14 catering for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Virginia Sumsion from Food from Argyll, said: “Last year we co-hosted the Taste for Tourism conference which helped inspired us to develop food tourism of which the café on the pier is a prime example. 

“It’s been a real learning curve turning an unused building into a new cafe for people to enjoy and experience the amazing food we have available throughout Argyll.”    

Lorna Spencer, director harbours at Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, added:  “This is a great project and we are really happy to have been involved in the development of the site.  We wish Food from Argyll all the best for the future.”   

Customers will be able to buy coffee supplied by Home Ground Coffee in Helensburgh, along with cakes, rolls, soups and hot dishes featuring Argyll produce as their key ingredient.

Winston Churchill, chair of Food from Argyll said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has shown their support and helped get this project going. 

“Now we can all enjoy some of Argyll’s famous locally produced food in a lovely cafe by the sea.  We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of friendly faces and new visitors over the summer.”


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