Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Lunch in Oban – Cuan Mor

After touring Oban’s waterfront for a bit and taking a lot of photos, our family group of 4 decided that it was time for a lunch break…

The group's decision was to dine at Cuan Mor…  Cuan Mor is Gaelic for big ocean, appropriate as the restaurant sits right across the road from Oban’s waterfront. 

Cuan Mor’s interior is quite attractive.  It was designed and built using natural and reclaimed materials such as Ballachulish slate and greenheart timber beams from the lighthouse pier.  This restaurant opened in 2006. 

This is the view out of Cuan Mor’s front windows...   

That is the MV Coruisk out in the Bay.  She’s probably making another trip to Craignure on the Isle of Mull.  The Coruisk is 213 feet long and she can accommodate 40 vehicles and 249 passengers.

This young man was our server at Cuan Mor.  I had his name written down but now I can’t find it.  He was friendly and fun and did his best despite issues in the kitchen.  

Since we were just having lunch and we weren’t really exploring the variety offered on Cuan Mor’s menus, I thought that I’d include photos that give viewers a broader view of the dining opportunities.  The Haggis and Cheddar Panini wouldn’t be on my radar…but that Venison Lasagna looked intriguing. 

This was a bowl of the Seafood Chowder with bread and butter. (6.99 pounds sterling/$9.10 U.S.) It was very good if not great.

This was an order of Hot Smoked Salmon Pate served with crusty bread and a bit of rocket salad on the side.  (7.99 pounds sterling/$10.40 U.S.) The pate was very enjoyable…

This was the Steak and Ale Pie. ($10.99 pounds sterling/$14.30 U.S.) A flaky crust topped braised Scottish beef and, as you can see, it was accompanied by a mix of vegetables and some chips.  I know that it was a bit much for lunch but I’d been wanting to try a steak and ale pie.  I did enjoy my selection!

Laurie ordered a luncheon special.  I don’t recall what the soup was but it was accompanied by a half Flaked Smoked Salmon and Crab sandwich. (5.99 pounds sterling/$7.80 U.S.)

I believe that Bill ordered this slice of Hot Smoked Salmon and Crab Quiche with a side salad for his lunch. (6.99 pounds sterling/$9.10 U.S.) It resembled a slice of pizza but Bill thought that it was pretty good…

While the food was good, there were a couple of issues.  Laurie’s soup could have been warmer.  That was a minor issue compared to the inability of the kitchen to deliver our meals together on a timely basis!  Laurie completely finished her lunch before the rest of us even glimpsed ours.  For this reason alone, I’d have to rate this luncheon experience as just average, and that was unusual for us anywhere in Scotland.
We felt sorry for our server who was harried and harassed due to the kitchen’s inability to perform.  Still, Cuan Mor has a good reputation and perhaps we were just unfortunate in our timing.  Given its menu and prior reviews, its worthy of a try despite our experience.  Cuan Mor is located at 60 George Street in Oban.  Phone: 01631 565078.  Website:

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. I love the site and the food looks delicious David!!

  2. Dear Dave, It looks like the food is good. Such a pretty view to enjoy as you eat lunch. Take care. Catherine

  3. I come to this place every now and then. The place is really nice, the crowd is full of regulars, and the food and drink specials are pretty good! The staff at event halls for rent is great and really gets to know your name. Totally worth your time on any night for good food and drink.