The Barn is at the rustic heart of Cologin and it is so much more than just a pub. Describing the Barn’s unique ambience is not easy – suffice to say that once you’ve been you will return! The Barn is run for us by Mary Macleod. Mary was born on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides and she has been head chef at the Barn for several years. As an islander Mary understands the importance of supporting local supplies and using local produce and during the main season The Barn serves homemade, wholesome lunches and evening meals with blackboard specials including local seafish and shellfish specials as Oban is the Seafood Capital of Scotland.
The Barn is proud to have retained our VisitScotland ‘Taste our Best’ quality award for the Scottish provenance of our ingredients. We upload our menus regularly to our Facebook page and post seasonal specials from our blackboard and special offers so do pay the page a visit.
Good local food is very important; so too is the Barn’s unique atmosphere with its original slate cattle stalls, real ales and great whisky collection, friendly staff and local musicians (who play regularly throughout the year). The Barn has won many well-deserved awards and citations over the years and you’ll find the pub mentioned in the most discerning guide books including ‘CAMRA’, ‘Scotland’s Best Kept Secrets’, ‘Scotland The Best’, the Herald Newspaper ‘Good Pub Grub’ guide and the ‘Good Beer Guide. The Barn Bar is the 2014 Scottish Pub of the Year for the North West region 2015 Scottish Gourmet Pub of the Year and the CAMRA Scottish Pub of the Year for Argyll – a huge honour for a wee rural pub and testament to the hardwork and commitment of all the staff. We’ve also been finalists in the Dram Awards for Best Pet Friendly Pub in Scotland, regional finalists in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards for Friendliest Pub or Bar in Scotland and finalists in the Scottish Rural Awards for best Hospitality Business! We’re delighted to announce that for yet another year running, The Barn has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and once again we’ve been included in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
The Barn Bar was chosen as one of Scotland’s ‘A Story to Tell’ pubs because of our connection with Mick Jagger and other celebrity guests. Just ask a local at the bar to tell you the full story! It is a seasonal facility and although the lodges are available to book all year round the Barn Bar is only open daily from March to October. The rest of the year it is demand led and opens every weekend from 4pm Thursday and Friday, noon from Saturday and Sunday. Of course the Barn is open for Christmas Day lunch and over the festive holidays our guests can guarantee a warm welcome every evening and a great party to 3am on Hogmanay!