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“Good pub food in north western Scotland”

Seaforth Bar and Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 20 Restaurants in Ullapool
Price range: $8 - $135
Cuisines: Seafood, Scottish, Bar, Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The Seaforth has long been the leading bar in Ullapool, a fishing village in the Highlands of Scotland. Overlooking the harbour, we offer locals and visitors the opportunity to relax, have a drink, snack or meal whilst taking in the atmosphere of our beautiful village. We have a large downstairs bar, a restaurant and function room upstairs, and upstairs terrace, sheltered patio, external smoking area and take away 'Chippy', all of which have won numerous awards for our food, hospitality and entertainment.
Canberra, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Good pub food in north western Scotland”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We called in here for lunch on a bitingly cold day in mid April 2013 -- in the seaside resort town of Ullapool. The Seaforth Inn is very popular, and there were at least two large coaches of tourists who also arrived at the same time and had pre-booked their lunches.
However, the staff were accommodating, apologised for the slightly longer than usual delay, found us a nice table by the fire and really made us feel welcome.
We ordered the Soup of the Day (unknown provenance -- but delicious) followed by 2 serves of their Open Bar Food special. Whilst waiting for our food, I ordered a coffee from the bar, and they wouldn't charge me for it due to the slight delay. Good PR.
We made sure we then spent some extra on fine Australian white wine!

  • Visited April 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Good seafood.”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Ate on the outside terrace as the sun was still actually shining. The restaurant was quite busy. We had seafood and it was really good. Staff were friendly and efficient.

Visited June 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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“great fish”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We ate here twice lunch and evening meal although very busy staff were helpful we were seated quite quickly and our meal was good, great seafood lovely coffee and desserts a nice spot to while away a few hours watching the world go by

  • Visited June 2013
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Scotland/Sanibel
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“Yes it really is the best Fish and Chips”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

What you see in the other reviews is the simple truth. Great fish and chips with perfect batter. Eat it on the sea side while waiting for your ferry. If you share one tiny bit with the sea gulls, the area will turn into a scene from The Birds straight away. Just need Tippi Hendren there to complete the picture.

  • Visited June 2013
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Glasgow, Scotland
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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“Rude staff, bad food, worst burger ever.”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

We visited on a sunny Sunday, when the Seaforth was quite busy: a few tables outside and fairly full inside. There's a small sign on the outside of the menu directing people to order inside, but neither we nor a few other tables around us seemed to notice it. Eventually we flagged down a member of staff to order; he snapped "you have to go inside" and walked away.
In we went, to be patronised by the girl at the till who refused to turn around and see the table we were pointing at and made us walk out and get our table number. Once the order was put in we wanted to check something; a third waitress refused to help us out with that as it "wasn't her job".
I've been a waitress: I understand that things can get stressful when it's a bit busy. And to be fair, there was one member of staff who was smiley and friendly. But that three out of the four staff we met weren't speaks to a management problem. You need to make sure your staff feel supported, and able to live up to the claims your marketing makes; you also need to give them proper training to deal with busier periods.

Then the food turned up. The starters were okay, although they arrived alarmingly quickly given it was a fairly busy evening and had clearly been sitting pre-assembled in the fridge.
The main courses though. My partner went for some tapas-style seafood: it was all deep-fried batter and air, with very little seafood actually in there. We'd been lured in by the huge posters outside proclaiming the Seaforth the "UK's Best Seafood Restaurant, and the menu is really disappointing on that score anyway - there's not much seafood at all (even less in the actual seafood dishes).
I ordered a venison burger, which was priced at £9. What turned up was the sort of burger you get from street vans: flat, gristly, fatty and greasy: it had been cooked in so much oil the bun was falling apart. Oh, and not containing any venison. At all. Venison doesn't have that much fat in it. And doesn't taste like basic beef mince.

Fortunately, we were able to get a refund without much fuss on the burger, and walked off. We're in Ullapool a lot, and have given the Seaforth a couple of chances, but won't be back ever now. I suppose because it targets itself at tourists rather than locals, and because you pay upfront for your food, there's not only a production-line ethos but a lack of interest in repeat custom; extend the same attitude to them and save your money for any of the other, much better Ullapool restaurants and bars.

  • Visited June 2013
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