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Ice Cream Trail

October 8, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

We have always produced our own ice cream in Asknish Bay Restaurant, using local ingredients, but since the start of the Summer season we have also adopted this practice in Chartroom II Bistro. Our specially made ice creams are now available as a dessert or in handy take away pots to enjoy on the go or ...

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Sealife Adventures Update

September 13, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

We have had an amazing encounter with Sea Eagles this week, we were lucky to be present to watch as an adult Sea Eagle taught two juveniles how to fish!  This involved all the birds being in the air, the adult had a bird or fish in its claws which it dropped into the sea, ...

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Loch Melfort Paella

September 12, 2015 by Alison Norfolk

Today, 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. The following is the recipe he will cooking live; Loch Melfort Paella ...

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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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