New cafe culture comes to Oban

Donna MacCulloch at the new seating area on Aird's Crescent, Oban.

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A new era of outdoor cafe culture has been unveiled in Oban today.

Roxy’s Coffee and Tea House has created a ‘smart chic’ outdoor seating area on Airds Crescent.

Featuring 10 tables, 20 chairs and three sunbrellas, customers can now be served on a purpose-built flower-lined decking area, or choose a table overlooking the Black Lynn.

The new initiative has had the backing of Oban Community Council, BID4Oban and most importantly, Argyll and Bute Council, which gave permission for the temporary structure and for two of its on-street car parking spaces to be occupied.

The cafe needed more spaces to serve having been required to radically reduce its indoor capacity from 64 down to just 20 to respect the coronavirus restrictions.

Cafe owners Donna and Archie MacCulloch said customers wanting to be seated outside would be escorted by staff in high visibility vests across the one-way street, while Oban-business West Coast Exterior Cleaning, had also done a thorough job on deep cleaning both the pavement, and wall overlooking the burn.

Donna thanked councillor Roddy McCuish and said: ‘This is for the local community, somewhere different to sit and chill. Even outside, people will really be distanced and we don’t want people sitting too close. The council has been really supportive and very quick to act and respond to the situation that all businesses are facing at the moment, which we really appreciate.’

The Argyll Square cafe kitchen has access onto the one-way street and the MacCullochs said the redevelopment of the area had been in the pipeline for some time and they hoped it complimented what the town has to offer residents and visitors.