Hurrah! we have a cafe...


2 April 2007


Café society has come to Lismore.  The building which houses the new Museum, Ionad Naomh Moluag, also has a purpose built café offering home made everything to warm you on a cool day and cool you on a warm one. Plus beautiful views from a sunlit balcony, weather permitting.



Leased to locals Gill Bridle and Davie Meddes, the Café held a very popular welcome day with free drinks and generous nibbles to islanders and visitors alike. A small notice on the counter invited donations to Greenpeace and Amnesty international.



It then opened for business on 2 April right in the middle of a spell of beautiful spring weather.


The café plans to be open every day from 11am to 5pm for the whole of the Summer (the same hours as the Museum) plus it plans a range of special openings. These include “Fish on Friday” - to take away or eat in, “Saturday Night out” - full dinners from 7–11pm, “Last Thursdays” in every month - for music, light snacks and drinks, “Festival Days” e.g. Burns Night, Valentines etc. and personal special days.


The workers

The Kitchen

The café’s ethos is fresh and local and that includes home baking with tea and coffee, freshly baked rolls and home made soup for lunch (and lots more), and a fish, meat or veggie dish for the evening meal all prepared on the premises. It is an ambitious project but the prices are reasonable (£20 for a three course dinner plus coffee) and the service is second to none. Gill has the help of her friend Alison Cunningham and husband Davie when he is not on duty at Oban Fire Station, and teenagers Rurigdh, Tess and Josie also help out with friend Sarah Black.  

To the residents of the island this facility represents a welcome improvement in the quality of life offering a great place to meet, a great place to take visitors and a source of pride that we now have one of the best cafés anywhere.

And to visitors from the mainland, whether you come by the Oban ferry or the Port Appin you can be assured of a great welcome after your invigorating walk or cycle of around two miles form Achnacroish (the Oban ferry) and three and a half to four from Point (Port Appin ferry). Click here for Bike hire details .But whether you walk or bike you will feel virtuously exercised and ready for a culinary treat plus a stimulating visit to the Museum. In short you will have a comprehensive and unique experience.

Below some of the satisfied customers being treated at Lismore Cafe on the open day.


Best of luck to Gill, Davie and family and Alison Cunningham

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