Chance to snap up re­mote is­land pub

The Puf­fer on mar­ket

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS MACLENNAN

“It’s the end of an era but it will be nice to get some fresh eyes here”

A re­mote pub on the tiny is­land of Eas­dale in the In­ner He­brides – famed for its breath­tak­ing views – has gone on the mar­ket.

The op­por­tu­nity has arisen for one lucky land­lord to snap up the award-win­ning Puf­fer Bar and Restau­rant.

The pub has been owned by Keren Caf­ferty since 2008, but she has de­cided the time has come to leave.

Mrs Caf­ferty, 48, said: “I’ve owned it since 2008 but I now have other plans.

“I am not leav­ing the is­land but I en­joy the chal­lenge of get­ting busi­nesses up and run­ning which is what I’ll do next.

“The lo­cals have had mixed emo­tions since my an­nounce­ment, it’s the end of an era but it will be nice to get some fresh eyes here.

“My staff are the first pri­or­ity so some­one who could take them on would be great. My chef is ex­cel­lent here.

“Also the busi­ness is do­ing very well at the mo­ment, the num­bers are up and this pub has put our is­land on the map.”

Mrs Caf­ferty first ar­rived on the is­land 12 years ago af­ter she de­cided, with hus­band Mike, 51, to leave Ed­in­burgh.

She hopes the close-knit com­mu­nity on the is­land will take to the new owner.

She added: “My hus­band and I moved to the is­land in 2006 and be­fore I took the pub over, it was shut down and the com­mu­nity were go­ing to buy it.

“But then I was of­fered it be­cause I had cater­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in Ed­in­burgh, so my hus­band and I ended up buy­ing it in Fe­bru­ary 2008.

“We got some work done to it and it re­opened in June 2008.

“My com­mu­nity are very close so I think it needs some­body who wants to live here and who wants a chal­lenge.

“It would be nice to come here and have lunch when I am not the owner.”

PINT-SIZED: The Puf­fer Bar and Restau­rant on the the is­land of Eas­dale, in the In­ner He­brides, is on the mar­ket for £180,000

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