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The Shower of Herring Restaurant and Bar

Melfort Village, Kilmelford, By Oban, Argyll, Scotland PA34 4XD
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Exterior of The Shower of Herring

Mussels with Chorizo

Welcome to The Shower of Herring
Restaurant and Bar

The Shower of Herring Restaurant is set in the heart of Melfort Village, a small holiday village nestled in the hills and oak woods at the head of Loch Melfort, Argyll, Scotland, some 16 scenic miles south of Oban. Named after an unusual occurrence near Melfort House in 1821, as recorded in the Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, when a shower of herring fell from the sky, the Restaurant has been providing delicious food and friendly hospitality to Melfort Club members, visitors and locals alike since about 1987.

Set in a sheltered corner on the shores of Loch Melfort, we provide an excellent half-way stop on the main A816 road between Oban and Lochgilphead. The welcoming bar and restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy locally sourced bar meals and seafood, Scottish bottled ales and malt whiskies. With two outdoor seating areas, you can enjoy the fantastic views over the hills and shores of Loch Melfort or you may be lucky enough to see one of our resident Red Squirrels. Call us now on 01852 200345 to book a table or email

You are also welcome to come view our featured artists displayed on the walls, relax and browse our books and magazines or make use of our FREE WiFi whilst enjoying a warm cup of coffee or tea and homemade scone or cake. Children will enjoy running about in the adjacent Playpark with climbing frame, slide and swings.

The Shower of Herring is situated within Melfort Village which comprises of some thirty two individual cottages. This Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star award winning village offers extensive leisure facilities within its grounds and together with the wide and diverse choice of activities available locally, there is plenty to occupy you whatever the weather! Whether you favour walking, outdoor sports, birdwatching, visiting gardens, castles and historical sites or eating out, all activities and attractions can be reached within a short drive from your cottage.

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"Appreciated the helpful staff at the SOH who made our meal very enjoyable"

"Good Food, reasonably priced. Staff very pleasant."