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THE KEEL ROW
FIONNPHORT, ISLE OF MULL, PA66 6BL
• A well-established profitable restaurant and pub in an outstanding island location with a captive tourist market
• A fabulous Hebridean lifestyle opportunity with superb local food produce
• Year round local trade
• Very well presented family owned pub/restaurant
• Lounge bar, games room and restaurant (38)
• T/O for year 2019 was c. £297k net
• Self-contained staff flat (accommodate 3) over first floor
• Within walking distance of Cal Mac ferry crossing to Iona
• Stunning views towards Iona Abbey
The current owners developed the Keel Row into a thriving business, starting out 23 years ago. They have established a sound business model which is very workable in terms of lifestyle and staffing, while providing a high quality product and demonstrating profitability. Because of the high level of passing trade, word of mouth recommendation and repeat custom, the Keel Row has never required a website, leaflet or advertising, to be at full capacity. A facebook page provides information on local events, opening hours and menu. Any new owners would be free to put their own stamp and style on the bar and restaurant, utilizing the amazing local produce, with the comfort of knowing there was a range of high volume markets literally passing the door, with no other bar or restaurant in the village. The current owners now wish to retire in the local area and believe there is scope to considerably develop the business and increase sales, should this be the objective of a new owner.
Self-contained staff flat (accommodate 3) over first floor.
The Ross of Mull is sought after as a lifestyle location, with a pristine natural environment and a welcoming community. The Keel Row is a very popular, busy restaurant and pub, in an excellent trading location, situated in the heart of the coastal village of Fionnphort on the south west of the Island of Mull. Fionnphort is surrounded by breath-taking scenery, in particular the many silver-sand beaches dotted with outcrops of pretty pink granite. The Keel Row has a prime position in the village, overlooking Fionnphort Bay with stunning seaward views to the Isle of Iona. Fionnphort is very busy with tourists from April to October, with Fionnphort Pier the departure point for the ferry to the Isle of Iona, and boat trips to Staffa (Fingal’s Cave), the Treshnish Isles (with nesting puffins) and other destinations. Around 140,000 visitors make the day trip to Iona from March to October, all passing the door of the Keel Row. In addition there is a large, very popular campsite at nearby Fidden, which provides a steady stream of trade. The local accommodation providers are at full occupation during the season and recommend the Keel Row to their guests. The Ross of Mull is a strong, supportive community and the Keel Row has for years been the focus for community get-togethers, providing a steady level of local custom in the off-season from November to February. Fionnphort is well served with transport links, for an island location, with a regular bus service and a 45 minute ferry crossing to Oban from Craignure .The Isle of Mull is a very popular tourism destination, with an active Destination Marketing Organization which promotes Mull and Iona via the Visit Mull and Iona website which receives 12,000 unique hits per month. The Keel Row is a member of Visit Mull and Iona.
The Keel Row pub and restaurant are presented at a very high standard. The 38-cover restaurant has direct access to kitchen and toilets. The public bar has seating for 20 for bar meals with direct access to a pool room and toilets. There is a licensed outside seating area and plenty of adjacent parking. A small self-contained flat above the bar area is accessed by an outdoor stair.
The Keel Row 38-cover restaurant
This restaurant is spacious, bright and has magnificent views over Fionnphort Bay and to Iona. It is the place to be for the frequent west coast sunsets. There is direct access to the kitchen and customer toilets from the restaurant. The restaurant is a popular gathering place for organized lunches for local groups and special occasions such as the legendary Burns Night. During the busy tourist season the restaurant is booked out every night.
The Keel Row Bar
This bar has the wonderful ambience you would hope for in a traditional island pub, with exposed beams and granite walls, wood-burning stove, solid wooden floors and furniture. The Keel Row bar has a lively, upbeat atmosphere with a mix of tourists and the locals who are regulars in the bar and restaurant. The bar menu is popular, with seating for 20 people. Throughout the year there are regular live music nights which are well supported by the locals. The bar also supports the local darts team which is an added source of income during the quieter winter months. There is direct access to toilets and a pool room from the bar.
Outdoor Eating Area
The external alfresco seating area is perfect for enjoying the views over Fionnphort Bay to the Isle of Iona and the frequent sunsets. Customers can enjoy take-away bar food and fish and chips and/or drinks.
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