Cafe Cadora brings Tarbert inside for a cuppa

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Tarbert’s Cafe Cadora has been given a facelift.

Since its fishing-themed refurbishment in 2015, Cafe Cadora has required some kitchen and roofing repairs and it was decided to add a loving touch to the front of the cafe while the repairs are carried out.

Cafe manager Mhairi Jackson told the Argyllshire Advertiser: ‘It’s been so busy in the kitchen that we tried to cram in a bit more equipment and repairs at the same time. So we thought, while we’re doing that there’s other bits and pieces that we could be getting on with through the front.’

Comfort and quiet is the aim of the cafe with new soft leather chairs and real wood tables absorbing noise and keeping everyone cosy and giving the cafe a luxurious feel.

The fishing theme is still there. The rustic chic style is given depth with fishnet curtains, maps of the coast wallpapering the walls and decorations made of rope and wooden boxes.

Mhairi said: ‘The whole idea is to bring Tarbert inside the cafe. I got presents of these bits of wood. Duncan MacDonald gave me them about a year or two ago and one of the guys around here made them into fish boxes for me.’

But Mhairi isn’t done yet.

‘We’re not actually 100 per cent finished. We’ve got nice table numbers to go on that are from a lot of the older local boats and we’ve got nice nautical lights to go up. We’ve got a display going behind the counter made up of coloured glass balls and we’re talking to the local people to give suggestions on the table names so that visitors have something to talk about.’

Visitors to the cafe said over a bowl of coffee that they were enjoying the new touches.

Alex MacFie said: ‘I’m always here. The chairs are lovely. People pull them to different tables. It’s like musical chairs.’

Mhairi continued: ‘Thanks to the boys that were involved. James MacKinnon was the joiner and David Clark the electrician, and the family and friends that helped to get it up and running again.’