Cheers to village pub opening soon

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Taynuilt is toasting the news that it is getting its village pub back.

The man behind the Taynuilt Inn re-opening is Oban entrepreneur  Paul Sloan, whose latest business venture, Gelato Burger, only opened in Oban’s George Street at Easter.

The inn shut as a pub a number of years ago but had been operating as a guesthouse.

Work is ongoing to get it ready inside while the outside has been given a facelift with a fresh coat of white paint. Villagers have heard it could open next month.

Mr Sloan told the Oban Times: ‘It’s a vintage sports bar, not specific to shinty but certainly a nod towards it and cricket. The main two bar areas are very old village inn style but it has a complete make over with wooden beams. The rooms are all being renovated and the entire inn looks completely different.’

Taynuilt Community Council chairman David Sloss said it was good news that the venue’s doors will soon be opening again.

‘It’s been long awaited and we are looking forward to it opening. Every village needs one – not to say that the Brander Lodge hasn’t stepped up and served us well – but it will be nice to have a hotel and pub back in the heart of the village. It will give us another community hub and I hope it will also bring in extra trade for the Brander Lodge as well,’ he said.