Did you know that The Seaforth Bar and Restaurant not only has great Seafood but a great History too?
The Seaforth has been through many guises. Our position at the harbour entrance has had major influence in its development and the result of this can also be seen on the harbour and surrounding area. The Seaforth has spent time as a fish and coal store for the steam boats that used to sail from Ullapool, a chandlery supplying the boats and harbour, and a smoke house.
In the 60s and 70s The Seaforth was a pub and inn, and during the 80s the upstairs served as offices for the fish agents dealing with the East European "Klondyke" fishing fleet that anchored in Loch Broom.
The site on which The Seaforth now stands can be traced back to the original founding of the village. Ullapool was established in 1788 as a fishing village by the British Fisheries Society, and the first reference to this site appears on Mr MacLeod of Geanies plan of Ullapool in 1789 as a store of salt, nets and casks. The building was completed in that year at a cost of £100.
It remained largely as a store for the next 160 years as records show. In 1912 Kenneth Cameron was using it as a store/coalhouse and described as a block, stone and lime building, slated. A smithy was also operating out the back, in a shed of wood and corrugated iron. Attached also, was a salmon-boiling house, where the salmon was prepared before despatching south.
The Seaforth has decided to celebrate it’s great history in Seafood with an annual Festival, using locally sourced, sustainable Seafood.
Some of the festival highlights are. Build your own Seafood platter, try and taste something new or enjoy any one of our popular Seafood dishes, designed by The Seaforths Head Chef, Jody Keating. There will also be Live music during the festival which will includes an Ullapool Piper, the fabulous locally renown Cobalt Tales, The Johnny Cash Duo and a local Violinist.
There's something for wee ones to, The Seaforth will have face painting, as well as some delicious Seafood dishes designed just for them or they can have a go at building their own dish.
Over the festival The Seaforth will be raising money for a local charity. There will be a raffle in aid of the NW Highlands Dolphin snorkelling kids club, The Seaforth hope’s to raise much needed funds for new equipment for them.
So why not come along and join in the fun and celebrate our Seafood heritage at The Seaforth. The Seaforth's General Manager, Lachlan Robertson and his team look forward to welcoming you all.