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Best of The West Festival – Chef Demonstration

August 31, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Our Head Chef Michael Knowles will be doing a live demonstration at Best of the West Festival in Inveraray. The festival is a two day celebration of local food, drink and music, and takes place across 12th and 13th September with Michael’s slot 13:30pm Saturday. Mike Knowles was born in Oban, trained as a chef in ...

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Sealife Adventures Update

August 29, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

So here we are near the end of August, we’ve had a great summer with lots of exciting encounters with the wonderful wildlife in our area. There are a group of bottle-nose dolphins that we see  regularly and here is one from that group that was just cruising past the boat blowing bubbles at us! ...

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Meet the Chef

Hi my name is Mike and I’m the head chef at Loch Melfort Hotel in Arduaine. I’ve been head chef at the Hotel for just over a year and I was Sous chef here before that so I know the place very well. I live in Oban with my lovely wife Morven and beautiful baby ...

Sealife Adventures Update

August 20, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

  We have been getting some good Minke sightings recently, there are a lot more bait balls in the water which is attracting these amazing mammals closer to our shores. Minke whales are named after a Norwegian whaler Mr Minke, sometimes they are know as stinky minke’s because there is a really strong fishy smell when ...

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Scottish Beaver Trial Guided Walks

July 29, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Once again the Scottish Beaver Trial are running guided walks around the Beaver site in Knapdale, near to Crinan Canal and Tayvallich. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6pm you can be shown around the lochs the 10 or so beavers call home. You will see signs of animal activity, such as gnaw marks on trees and ...

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Sealife Adventures Update

July 19, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

What a fantastic time we have had in the last couple of weeks as the Sea Eagle chicks have just fledged. We are almost as proud as their parents to see them taking these first flights away from the nest. Here is a picture of the second chick to fledge. Quite often they fly a ...

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Sealife Adventures Update

July 12, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Great news, in the last couple of weeks we have been seeing some very new common seal pups at their favourite haul outs. The common seal pupping season peaks in June and July and pups weigh approx. 10kgs and measure about 85cm long at birth. They are born with their adult coat as the white ...

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe – Oban Times

Loch Melfort Hotel head chef Mike Knowles knows just how popular his sticky toffee pudding is. Here’s his recipe as printed in the Oban Times.

New House Ale & Lager

July 2, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

ANOTHER FIRST FOR LOCH MELFORT HOTEL!! After months of research, sampling and negotiation, Calum has secured the agreement of Belhaven Brewery to supply two new beers to our Chartroom II Bistro. Loch Melfort Ale is a creamy but light export and Chartroom II Lager is a refreshing light beer. Both great pints and 4% alc ...

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Sealife Adventures Update – Minke Whales

June 30, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Fantastic time at sea this last week, we have seen an amazing variety of cetaceans, porpoise, dolphins and whales, this shows that summer is really here, the water is warming up and there are lots of fish in the water for these mammals to feed on. Minke whales are the species of whales that we see ...

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