Ferry Boat Inn

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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
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Blue Kazoo Seafood Restaurant serves fresh, local seafood on the shores of Loch Broom in Ullapool. Located at The Ferry Boat Inn, the restaurant, Ullapool's only specialist Seafood restaurant, offers casual seafood dining, a bar with real ales and good whisky selection, all with stunning loch views. Our menu includes local specialities such as creel caught langoustines landed a few steps away at Ullapool Harbour, Isle of Lewis Mussels, delicious smoked salmon from Ullapool Smokehouse, local haddock and fresh Wester Ross salmon. You'll also find fine Scottish oysters, Shetland scallops and a range of special fish dishes including our popular house Chowder and Blue Kazoo Fish Pie. The restaurant is small and intimate. The bar often has live acoustic music and also a weekly music quiz. The Ferry Boat Inn also offers ten ensuite guest rooms.
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Inverness
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service fast and friendly. Great seafood but salad could have been dressed and request for pouring cream rather than ice cream got a bit lost. Didn’t really detract much from a great night. Food in Ullapool is generally on the pricey side

CH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great good. Good beer. Booking is essential. Well situated.

C
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

fruits de mer baignant dans la glace fondue, des serveurs inexpérimentés, une commande de clients oubliee bref a eviter

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MJ
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and drink. Lovely pub and staff

LA
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The haddock was wet, had no taste and disintegrated into tiny flakes.

We went with the intention of having the seafood platter but given the cold greeting, lack of customers and the dirty table we decided against it.

The men’s toilets were disgraceful.

CS
Perthshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal just a bit disappointed there were no langoustine available, but all down to what they get from the fishermen

TM
Inverness
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu has a great choice of sea food and fish dishes. I chose simple fish and chips which I enjoyed. I followed this with a Cranachan parfait which is a delicious take on a Scottish favourite.
Although I was not sitting at the window I still had a good view of the bay across the road.
I was dining alone but felt quite comfortable in the restaurant which was managed well by experienced staff.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Booked for 8.30 but advised that the chef was taking a break so they would not take our order until 10 minutes had elapsed. The table we were given was a high table with high stools near the bar. A large group came in and 2 others shared our table (they were not eating). I got knocked a few times and decided to forego dessert as it was pretty uncomfortable in there. The timing of food delivery wasn't great either. The food was quite good, spoiled by the service and ambience.

DM
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

A reasonable dining experience in a restaurant which has character and is in a good location. Nothing bad, nothing outstanding.

AN
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, the only criticism was the "Scottish cheese plate " this was very disappointing as the cheese that was served was nondescript, we were expecting cheese with oats etc and for £10 not much cheese.

PB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was very average, not a large selection and two items were off.

FJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh seafood, good atmosphere, friendly staff. A delicious meal.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went straight to our table which we had booked on a full Saturday night. The fish pie was great, well cooked and they were happy to swap salad for vegetables. Puddings great. Service was really attentive and friendly.

KP
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another superb meal at the Ferry Boat Inn,the seafood platter is fantastic and the staff are pleasant and work hard as it is a pretty busy place. Lovely location too.

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

No probs, Bruce. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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MH
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Very conveniently situated by the loch for excellent views and easily possible to walk to from our accommodation.
We eat there twice and each time the meal was excellent.

K
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Out for the day We booked a table for the sea food platter. On arriving they said no oysters, no scallops or seabass! Seabass was actually on their Special menu of the day. We there at 11:45am so obvs not very organised. Anyway a couple came in who the bartender knew, when asked what’s available the bartender said everything. Not a good experience at all. Had fish n chips, the batter was soggy and we both scraped off the batter and just ate the fish. We won’t be returning...

M
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great seafood in a we'll located restaurant. Friendly staff and good atmosphere - recommended.

S
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We spent a cold evening in this warm and welcoming pub. We had the Cullen skink followed by the fish pie. Both could have benefited from a little more seasoning, but we could rectify this with the pepper on the table. The waitress was lovely and we would go again.

MC
Brighton
6 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food ,delightful staff, more than happy to provide items not on the menu where available, great evening

E
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service. The waitress has an unpleasant face. No one comes to ask if everything is ok during the meal. We were told there was no langoustine available for lunch. Seafood platter doesn’t include langoustines but still charge the same. Very poor value and disappointing taste. No lobster on the menu. Will definitely not come again.

r
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner for four. Lovely location by loch and popular and busy so booked online. Excellent prawn bisque soup first and we all had a different main. I had chicken and neeps
haggis and Tatties. Food was really delicious can't recommend highly enough.

HM
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...in a beautiful location...would definitely recommend.

SC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful presented food, well cooked fresh local food, beautiful view over the lock. Staff good, nice and comfortable resteraunt.

DH
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great location great beer

SO
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a nice surprise! Extra delicious mussels, great starters, shrimps...I could list everything on the menu. if you add cold Rose, you can't miss... The place is small (only 7-8 tables), but it's cosy, friendly...together with the staff. Recommend!

SH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our waitress took our order quite quickly and bought our drinks. However 40 mins later no food had arrived. The manager inquired what we had ordered and apparently our order had been 'lost'. 20 mins later the starter appeared. My crab souffle had a strong cheesy taste with no evidence of crab. The fish and chips was average. The langoustines were fresh and OK. We were refunded a couple of glasses of wine. But all in all a disappointment.

JJ
Cumbria
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Booked a meal here as expected Ullapool to be busy with the ferry just landing. Food ok but restaurant looking tired and bar area very dark. Staff friendly. Quite expensive for what we had.

KK
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We wanted to try local seafood and booked this restaurant for this. Unfortunately, half of the menu (all seafood items) was not available this evening which was very disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A decent meal in a convenient location. The service all evening was friendly and efficient, and the dining room cosy with a good atmosphere. Good selection of locally-sourced seafood including langoustine, mussels and fish, all at a reasonable price.

DI
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked table as we were staying for the night prior to ferry to Stornoway. Food, atmosphere and service were excellent. Will certainly come again.

W
Bath
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meal here. Worth booking as it got very busy. The food was very tasty, well prepared and reasonably priced. Put that together with fiend,y but unobtrusive service. Can't go wrong eating here.

IF
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We chose this restaurant as it was convenient to where we were staying, had reasonable reviews and you could book a table in advance. The food was okay but not inspiring, and the service was adequate. However, all the seafood on the menu except mussels was not available that evening which was a disappointment.

KP
Inverness
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ferryboat inn was very busy on the night we went and we had to wait a little while for our our pre-booked table but the staff were very apologetic about the wait,which we discovered later was due to one of the fryers blowing up! A new one had been found and brought to the restaurant so all got back on track and our meal was lovely. I had the seafood platter,which was excellent and my huband had the tempura battered fish & chips which he said was great. The staff are friendly and all credit to them (and the chef of course!)
We'll be back next time we're in Ullapool. :)

L
Bristol
13 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great music great atmosphere. Best night out in ullapool. We’ll be back next year! Love it here.

BW
Anchorage
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfect. The view and service couldn’t be better.

NR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pub and location. Dog friendly. Enjoyed our vegetarian lunch.

DB
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten here before and found it excellent. Good quality food, pleasant atmosphere but it can get busy, esp in holiday season. Best place in Ullapool for a reasonably priced meal.

OT
Inverness
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I pre booked a table on line to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary when we arrived we were not on the list, a table was found for us it took the shine of the day but we had our meal and was satisfied with it.

Mr J Tandy

TS
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall we were disappointed with this venue. We were led to believe this place had a good choice of seafood dishes but it did not. I chose the fish pie which was very ordinary & my wife had the burger with trimmings which quite frankly looked as if it had come out of a packet & been heated up, it was flat & uninteresting, and overpriced for what it was. When we arrived our booking had not been recorded as their system was down although we did get a table, albeit right outside the toilet, the smell of which permeated into the bar area.
Overall a very disappointing experience.

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