At random with Martin Laing 29.08.19

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Something fishy

I was, I must admit, very surprised by damning review in a national newspaper of the Waterfront Fishouse restaurant in Oban last week.

I was surprised because I have frequented the restaurant twice in the past month and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience both times.

The review in question criticised the food, service, decor, wine list and even the view (or lack of it, as it happens).

On my two recent visits – and on a number of previous occasions – I have been impressed by the friendly service, the fact that it has a gluten-free menu, the view out over Oban bay from almost all of the tables and, of course, the food, which has been excellent.

The most recent visit saw four of us all have different starters and main courses and prompted very complimentary comments from all of us. And the service, mostly from an engaging and affable South African guy, was excellent.

I can only assume the reviewer in the daily paper must have been in something of a mood  before even crossing the threshold.

Spirits not dampened

What a shame the weather was not what we would have wished for at last week’s Argyllshire Gathering.

It was unfortunate that the rain fell pretty steadily throughout the afternoon but there was still a healthy turnout of people to celebrate the competitions and events.

I wonder, though, how many potential spectators were deterred by the conditions. I know at least three ladies from the bonny town of Selkirk had planned to attend but did not because of the rain.

They spent the day instead sampling the hospitality in Aulay’s bar and carousing with the regulars.

The ladies admitted they had come to Oban for a few nights because of the games but chose not to spend the afternoon getting wet. They did say, however, that they were thoroughly enjoying their visit regardless.

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.