Island’s Puffer pub up for sale

Keren Cafferty in the Puffer pub and restaurant. Eilean Eisdeal. Easdale is one of the Slate Islands, in the Firth of Lorn, Scotland. Once the centre of the Scottish slate industry, there has been some recent island regeneration. A ferry sails from Easdale to Ellenabeich on the nearby island of Seil, which is separated from Easdale by only a narrow channel. Fewer than 70 souls dwell on this rocky outcrop separated from mainland Argyll by a few hundred metres of water.The island is the smallest permanently inhabited island of the Inner Hebrides and is one of four that, in their heyday, supplied slate to the rest of the country. The old slate mines, visible amid deep black pools of seawater, have not been worked since the end of the 19th century., Scotland UK 22/11/2018 © COPYRIGHT PHOTO BY MURDO MACLEOD All Rights Reserved Tel + 44 131 669 9659 Mobile +44 7831 504 531 Email: STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY See details at No syndication, no redistribution. sgealbadh, A22KLW

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Easdale’s multi award-winning Puffer pub is on the look-out for a new owner.

After 10 years of running the bar and restaurant, its present owner Keren Cafferty is ready for a change.

The former Edinburgh florist and deli boss who bought the dream business and settled on the island in 2008, says she will be staying on Easdale to pursue new challenges.

The Puffer, valued at £180,000, is being sold as a whole business complete with stock. One of its awards was Visit Scotland’s 2018/2019 Taste Our Best.

There has been a flurry of genuine interest not just ‘pipe dreamers,’ said Ms Cafferty who had to completely gut the two former old quarriers’ cottages linked by a timber extension that make up the Puffer. It had previously been shut for more than a year.

This is the second time Ms Cafferty has put it back on the market. It went up for sale in 2012 as ‘a knee-jerk reaction’ when the chef left unexpectedly.

‘In the end I decided not to bother and just carry on, the chef came back and he’s still with me now. All’s good. I’ve just celebrated 10 years here and now I’m up for a new challenge,’ she said.

‘It’s the thrill of the challenge setting up something new that I love the most. I’ve got lots of ideas of what I’d like to do on the island next. A lot of people know what that is and it will be good for the island,’ she added.

Ms Cafferty is keeping tight lipped about her new venture but said: ‘I’ve been thinking about it for the past four years. Running the Puffer is wonderful but all consuming, although I have found time to do volunteering on the island. With the new idea I’ve got, I need to put my heart and soul into it.

‘Easdale is massively important to me. I just love it, it has a real pull. We have a great community, it’s unique. We all like a good party. Life’s never boring here. The right person taking on the Puffer could live the dream.’

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