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21 September 2015 | Pubs

Award-winning Ullapool gastro pub changes hands

Businesses sold

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The award-winning Seaforth Inn in Ullapool has been sold in a deal brokered by specialist property adviser Christie + Co.

The pub and takeaway located in a prime position overlooking the harbour has been owned by Harry and Brigitte MacRae and Campbell and Annette McKay for the past 20 years.  During this time they have scooped the following awards on a number of occasions: Best Pub of the Year; Best Seafood Bar of the Year; BBC Best Takeaway .

The new owners are experienced operators John Erasmus and Richard Drummond, who own a number of hospitality businesses throughout Scotland, they comment: “We are delighted to take over The Seaforth Inn. The business has a wonderful reputation as a meeting place for eating, drinking and entertainment. The previous owners have done a terrific job and hopefully we will now build on the success they achieved.”

“This acquisition will give us a significant presence in The Highlands. It has great synergy with another of our businesses, McKays in Pitlochry, and will allow us to develop both into first class tourist destinations.”

The Seaforth Inn was sold for an undisclosed sum off a £1.5m asking price.

Ken Sims, Director at Christie + Co’s Edinburgh office handled the sale. He says: “We are delighted to have successfully sold The Seaforth inn. There were a number of operators interested in this asset and we received multiple offers, highlighting the demand for quality, well-managed businesses throughout Scotland.  Meeting with John and Richard gave us the confidence they were the right purchaser to proceed with the sale and we wish them all the best with their new venture.”