Cafe culture arrives on Seil

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Cafe culture has arrived in the popular conservation village of Ellenabeich.

After a six-month push to get an alfresco plan for outdoor tables and chairs passed by Argyll and Bute Council, customers at The Oyster can finally enjoy their drinks and food with a view outside the bar in the seaside square.

There are now six tables with chairs in the village and bar and restaurant boss Lyden Singleton with his wife Dawn have cause for a double celebration.

In May they also got final approval for new signs, replacing the outdated weather-battered ones which until recently had still advertised a micro-brewery on the site.

The brewery shut when the previous owners sold up to move back to Yorkshire and the old sign was confusing visitors.

Despite the new signs staying the same size and in the same spot, changing them to include new artwork was not easy because of planning regulations.

But it was well worth the wait, said Mr Singleton who can now make the most of the tourist rush and heatwave.

‘It took a long time to get our outdoor seating and sign plans through but it’s been well worth the wait. We’re chuffed with what we’ve got and our customers are enjoying it too. We’re offering tourists another good reason to visit. We’ve got a great view.’