What our customers are saying...
April 2017 Mike and Elaine - JP, Thanks for making our stay on Inverie so special. Elaine realy enjoyed the food at The Old Forge and is looking forward to coming back on our own boat sometime later in this year. I will be over several time during the summer. I have friends joinning me this year on board, who have never been and so I will introduce them to Inverie and The Old Forge for sure. Looking forward to see you soon, then! Best regards Mike and Elaine (and our Yacht ;-)
January 2017 Ewan McLeod - Thanks for looking after us at New Year JP! you have a great Pub with great Beer, great Food, and great Service. Wish you (and Eileen!) all the best for this new Season 2017!
August 2016 Jacqueline & Stevie - Hey JP, I wanted to email you to thank you again for such a wonderful weekend. My birthday was perfect, we all loved it! The food and the service at The Old Forge was great and the meat eaters were all raving about the beef. We had a brilliant night with my cousin Steven singing and playing the guitar.
The Old Byre is wonderful. So confortable and you have thought of everything. Arriving to Champagne was such a lovely touch and much appreciated. We made full use of the kitchen and the BBQ, and the garden. The beds and showers were great too. We loved the Skye skins rug so much we bought one and told them you were advertising for them. The dog is never off the rug.
We didn't want to leave, and if we have brought enough dog food we would have asked to stay on a few more nights! We would all love to come back, thank you for the CD too ;-) I hope we will stay with you again in the future.
My birthday couldn't have been any better. Thanks for helping to make our memories so special.
May 2015 Edwin & Tanya - Just felt that I needed to email to let you and your lovely staff at the old forge know, We throughly enjoyed your hospitality the other week when we were over for a family wedding, Your food, your staff and your stunning location simply cannot be described Again thanks a million J.P. Hope to be over mid summer. Edwin/tanya and the rest of the gang
April 2015 - Yvonne - Greeted and seated by the lovely Patricia, served wine personally by Valentine, had steaks to die for cooked by the amazing Patrick, Daniel one of the chefs came to see us at the table. JP the owner also came to chat with us and make sure our visit was made perfect , and perfection it was . We were treated like VIP's. Cannot wait to visit again and again and again. We also bought the T-shirts !!!!! We travelled with Seabridge Ferry who looked after us and got us there nice and quickly
March 2015 Great meal had by all last night at The Forge. Seafood Platter looked incredible and was devoured by those that ordered it. My veggie meal was divine. Would recommended a visit. Knoydart is the most beautiful place to do escape to. The weather has been stunning too. Kaz the Kiwi.
May 2014 For the bar staff on duty monday 26th of May THANK YOU! I had a fantastic birthday that evening. The seafood Platter was awesome and thanks for the french martini. Best birthday ever. Melanie.
September 2013 JP, I just wanted to say thank you for looking after us so well last week.We ate very well and had a very nice bottle of wine. It was a special lunch for us as I had proposed to my girlfriend just an hour before we arrived at the Old Forge (she said yes!). Knoydart has always been a special place to me and it was great to show it to my fiancée.We will certainly be back. It is great to see the pub looking in such good shape. I understand it was purchased a couple of years ago. I was there a lot as a child and I am happy to see it is in such good hands.Thanks / Best regards Andrew McGregor
March 2012 Great beer great food, great company! Stevenson, Norwich
Jan 2013 What an amazing location and what a lovely pub! I was really surprised to find a pub of such high quality in such a remote location as they have no competition! They had several real ales on tap, the one I tasted was very well kept. My friend had a hot chocolate which looked amazing with loads of little marshmallows. The young staff were very friendly and efficient and let us order a snack even though the kitchen was supposed to have closed 5 minutes earlier. We only had soup as we had bought some picnic food to eat but I hope to go back at some stage to have a full meal as the menu was good and the food looked and smelt lovely. This pub was also packed with friendly locals, many pubs in central London would kill for the sort of numbers in there on a January Friday afternoon. Beeza London
Dec 2012 Dear JP and the team at The Old Forge. We are writing to thank you for the wonderful hospitality shown to us during our wedding in Inverie. We ate and drank at The Old Forge for many nights, but the highlights are our pub meals on 19Th Nov and music played until the wee hours. We really like the cottage pie and ham terrine and the new wine list has some very tasty offerings with the Rully being a particular favourite. Big thanks to Rene for his cooking and to Fay and Susie Kim and Becky for their warmth and excellent service. We will be back for the music fesival in April, if not before. Best wishes John and Emilie Yates.
Nov 2012 Thank you all, we had a very relaxing week on Knoydart and the staff were excellent! Felt like a local the minute we arrived.Sherry, Milngavie
Oct 2012 Brilliant seafood, thank you for a fantatsic week. Stayed at the luxurious Knoydart House for a week in October. Hot tub was the business and the real at The Forge was sublime. Back for another week in 2014 see you soon. George and the Macrae Family, Easter Ross.
Sept 2012 Great evening enjoyed the whisky tasting and special thanks to the bar staff for looking after our birthday dinner. Couldnt have asked for better place to be on my 60th. See you in March next year. Thank you Old Forge Dave Mackleman and friends, Stockport.
Aug 2012 Sublime scallops! The Grieves family.
Aug 2012 Enjoyed the Glenfinnan Real ale, well kept beer, lovely location, great staff. Mary and Graham Clarke, visited on Lord of The Glens.
July 2012 just wanted to say a big thankyou for a lovely evening at The Forge last Tuesday. We had our fisrt taste of fresh scallops. Spoiled for weather, spoiled for sefaood and planning our next escape to you already. Jim Spence and Elaine Matthews, Jersey.
June 2012 Top nourishment on several levels with Jackie and her da. Scallops, patter and view an enjoyably heady combo.Paul Hack
June 2012 Couldnt have had a better start to married life, a perfect marrriage of food, smiles and music, thank you. David and Denise Marot, Glasgow.
May 2012 We have returned to Canada and I wanted to thank you for the lovely meal at the pub. It made for a very memorable visit. I would like to back there again some day. Many thanks Roger
May 2012 Thank you for a lovely holiday, hens were a "hoot!" Tanya and Mark, Berlin.
April 2012 Scallops the business, thanks to all the staff for making our stay so welcome. J. Dowans, Turriff
April 2012 Hard to leave such a lovely place, seafood was excellent, thanks to chef. Mrs Millan and family
March 2012 No midges!!, great music and people, thank you. Brady family, (day trip from Arisaig)
Feb 2012 Thank you again, we will see you all in September hopefully. Samantha Davies, Aberdeen
Jan 2012 We havent had so much fun in ages, thanks for making our first trip to Scotland SO memorable Anji and Serayt Musshada.
Dec 2011 - Dont want to go home, the venison was amazing thank you for a great break
Dec 2011 - Thanks for the delicious Fish and Chips suppers on Monday - they def helped fuel our walk back to Kinloch Hourn through the snow! Gavin Ward, Manchester
Nov 2011 - Thankyou to all the staff for some great nights at the forge, amazing venison curry! D. Willis.
Nov 2011 - Best bar, best scallops what more is there to say... John Medrum, Biggar
Oct 2011 - Stayed at knoydart House, rebooked for Sept 2013 - pub was our highlight, amazing shellfish you have, thanks so much Caroline Wilkie, Hexham.
Sept 2011 - Thank you for looking after our clan, every time we visit the brood seems to expand, your staff were brilliant, please pass on our thanks to the kitchen for the takeaway prawns and for rescuing our runaway dinghy oar. Will see you in July on our next visit. Barbara Leiper
Aug 2011 - Its not often you find a real boozer these days but you restored sole and my bellies. James Mason (stag party crew from Wales dressed as nuns!) next time will leave rosary beads at home.
Aug 2011 - Came, climbed and the rest was a blur, thank you for making us feel so welcome. Thank you Ian for the torch! Simon Donald and Jo, Dundee.
July 2011 - What a west coast intro for the family, many thanks for a great holiday David Cocker and Co, Hull.
June 2011- Scallops and real ale washed down with a full blown local ukele band.. Sublime. Jill and Mattthius, Holland
May 2011 - Thanks for making my giant son and I most welcome at the Old Forge on 2nd and 3rd May, we both enjoyed the food and the well earned beers after hiking in from Kinloch Hourn. The beers left in the barrel by a friend who had visited few days earlier was a pleasant surprise as well.The craic was absolutely brilliant! To walk in to a Pub which one has never visited before and to be made feel like a regular is amazing and unfortunately rare in these days. We certainly will return again although perhaps next time by ferry.
Best regards. On behalf of Hall Maritime Security Consultants Ltd. George A Hall (Director)
May 2011 - Just back from the Knoydart Music Festival, AMAZING WEATHER, STAFF AND GREAT REAL ALE, thanks to all the staff too x (Laney and Ross, Edinburgh)
April 2011 - Just a quick one to say thanks for a fantastic couple of evenings (and use of your shower on Sunday evening). Great beer, fantastic food and friendly staff - what a fantastic pub! Allan Husted
March 2011 - The best pub night out I have had in a long time, must have been the shaky eggs. Fish pie - heaven Ian! John Duncanson, Edinburgh.
Feb 2011 - Back for seconds, this time brought the dog, the wife and the bodhran, cheers to the staff Jamie and Elena, Pittenweem.
Jan 2011 - Thanks for the loan of the fiddle, fish kettle and for all the fine banter (Smuts, S.A)
Jan 2011 - We did it! Engaged, Knoydart, Holiday, Pub 01.01.11 THANK YOU XXX (Y&K, E. Coasters)
Dec 2010 - Thankyou for making us so welcome Knoydart xx (Liz, Gregor, Etta, Coldstream)
Dec 2010 - Awesome weekend, walked my legs off and worked my way through your whiskies. Hot Tub at Knoydart House a tonic. Great folks, brill bar maid :) (Steve Davidson, Bath)
Nov 2010 - Just a short message to say many thanks for your hospitality at the Old Forge on the week-end of 16th October, when Sarah and I spent the week-end on the peninsula... We had really memorable stay and enjoyed catching up on matters Huntly with Ian on the Saturday night. We also greatly your food and refreshments, and the atmosphere in the bar! Our social record was more successful than our Munroe climbing one - scoring 0 out of 2 (due to a combination of weather and questionable climbing skills).However, we'll be back to give it another go - the next time in spring/summer we hope. (Sarah and Graham, Huntly)
Nov 2010 - An excellent pub. Wish you were nearer to my house!! Back in June next year thankyou xx (Jan and Mia, Nuneaton)
Oct 2010 - Came with the Jonas's stag group from London, coming back with the girls and the fishing rods next March. Stayed at Knoydart House - awesome pad and pimpin hot tub!!! Thanks to all the staff for a wicked weekend. Knoydart rocks!!!
Sept 2010 - Thank you Old Forge a magical place, got engaged, drunk on wine and in love xx (Casey and Matthew, Cape Town)
Sept 2010 - Great beer garden, great beer! (Frank and Melanie, Bishopbriggs)
Aug 2010 - This is how a pub should be, music, beer and laughter. Great Staff, thankyou (2 Dutch carpenters)
Augt 2010 - Ate well, slept little and I did get to the the top of Ladhar Bheinn. Tom and Claire Wyman, Elgin.
July 2010 - Boated in, drank much and hats off to the musicians - my first street srip the willow and hopefully to be repeated. Thankyou. Simon and crew of Azanti.
June 2010 - Hi - just to let you know that my teeshirt arrived safely yesterday. Thanks for sending it to me and I shall wear it with pride around Kent as a happy reminder of a great stay in Knoydart and a memorable meal at The Old Forge. Lynne Reynolds
May 2010 - Many thanks for the hospitality you and your staff showed us last weekend. Our group really did have the most wonderful time in Knoydart and we have no intention of sharing the experience with others, lest the place should become overrun!! Very many thanks to you both, Andrew Bell and six other weary walkers! (May 27th)
May 2010 - We just wanted to say thanks very much for organising the group dinner on the Tuesday night. Everyone is still raving about it this end. To top it all we saw dolphins on the way back across the loch. A cheeky week in October me thinks? Thanks again Matt Porter (Germany/Glasgow!)
April 2010 - Good seafood, good music and cold beer - not much left for the wanting. Thanks! Stewart Wilson, Dyce.
April 2010 - Back again and satiated ourselves on the prawns and scallops. Special thanks to your kitchen staff who gave us the clam shells after dinner. Didn't know the new ferry runs weekends...great news! We willl be back for a long weekend with skin so soft, rods and the wives! Neil, Chris and David, Dunfermline
Feb 2010 – Had a great trip over on Jon’s boat for Sunday lunch, next time we will bring the whole gang with us.
Best wishes Mark Elaine and sophie (our lab pup).
Jan 2010 – Thank you for letting us use your shower and for the kindling for our beach fire, we are sending you some more plectrums as I think some stowed back with us. Ace pub, ace people
David and Keira, Edinburgh.
Nov 2009 - My wife and i keep talking about the excellent meals and the great atmosphere in THE OLD FORGE and we hope too return in October 2010 THANKS AGAIN.
Jim/ Kath McKeracher
Nov 2009 - Roland McCabe – www.restaurant-guide.com
A wonderful eatery made even more wonderful if it has taken you two plus days to walk there. It's best to book especially on those likely busy nights but they always have a pot of seafood soup on the go. The quality of cooking and service is good for a pub so remote but the quality of seafood and other local produce is absolutely superb. The wine is basic. The locally brewed bitter and guest beers are also excellent, it’s really worth the trip however you get there.
OCT 2009 - From web sailing blog http://gerrypentleton.com/
Our plan was to head for Loch Nevis pick up a mooring at the Old Forge and have an evening meal ashore. The Old Forge is recognised as the remotest pub in mainland Britain and cannot be accessed by road, only by sea or a hell of a long walk!! The moorings laid by the hotel were very busy and since my last trip in here there is also a new pier to the left of the Old Forge as you look at it from the sea. However we eventually found a spare one and went ashore in the dinghy only to be told as they were so busy that we could either get a table now - or one at 2130 - now seemed good - so we had an incredibly tasty seafood platter then back to Sun Dog to stretch out. It never ceases to amaze me that somewhere so remote can be so busy, but there again the food is so good and seafood so fresh, with helpful friendly staff, that perhaps I shouldn’t be!
SEP 2009 - Hi all at the Old Forge ( and our new friends down at the beach)Thanks for all the hospitality we received at the pub and on Knoydart, we ate great food drank good beer and enjoyed the atmosphere. If you could pass on an extra big thanks to the person who returned my jacket and camera from down on the beach.
Cheers Andy Green and friends
SEP 2009 - Just wanted to drop you all a quick line or two in thanks for a dam fine "bite and pint" at lunch time followed by a cracking meal on Saturday night, we could not have wished for more!!
Many thanks and best regards, Graham.
JULY 2009 - Yacht Grania Blog
The Old Forge pub the remotest pub in the uk. 17 miles over 3 munros or by boat (we did'nt walk!) - away at 7 this morning to get to this lovely spot. -And had another sunny afternoon fishing and drinking G&T's :-) Sea food meal excellent - currently enjoying sunset & another hot choc! Blog address http://yachtgrania.blogspot.com/2009/07/inverie-old-forge-pub.html#comment-form
JULY 2009 - Hi there, I just wanted to say thanks for your kindness & hospitality last week. We were staying at Tigh-na-feigh for the week and you helped us greatly with the loan of a therapeutic back warmer and the use of your mooring and dinghy. I’m sorry that we never really got the chance to thank you for that before we left on Friday. We enjoyed our first visit to Knoydart greatly, and our little ones, Georgie & Sammie had a fine time. I’m sure we’ll be back! Best wishes from Catterline in the arctic East, Jillian & David Evans. PS we particularly enjoyed the lovely food and fine ale at the Old Forge… currently wearing my combat trousers with pride!
JUNE 2009 - thanks again for your hospitality over the weekend, wall to wall funshine! I’ve stuck the first batch of pictures online, if you want any high resolution versions, just tell me which, and I’ll email them too you. I’m sure there’ll be loads more when the rest of the gang forward theirs to me for inclusion on the site so I’ll let you know if there’s any significant updates. http://www.blackmask.biz/galleries.html Catch up soon regards Gordon Mackay Blackmask
JUNE 2009 - Thank you for catering for us at the weekend. It was a great couple of days and the customers really enjoyed it. It was great to meet you both and to get to know the area a bit better. The pier you have is a great facility and works really well. We will put some on the site about the 26th of June and hopefully we will get up for that.
Regards, Cameron & Struan Smith www.coastal-connection.co.uk
MAY 2009 - Just a quick note to tell you how much my cousin and I enjoyed the beer, food and craic in the Forge earlier this week. We may not be back for some time but won't fail to recommend the pub to our friends.
Best regards. Ian Nixon.
MAY 2009 - just a quick note to say thanks very much for all your hospitality at the weekend, we all had a truly perfect weekend, everyone was so friendly, the food and beer was spectacular, the atmosphere in the Old Forge is fantastic and even the weather was ideal. Added to that, the short boat journey from Mallaig to Knoydart really makes you feel a million miles from the humdrum of everyday life back here. Our gig in the heart of Dundee tonight will be quite a shock to the system by comparison! We wouldn’t hesitate to come and play again if and when you’d have us!
All the best Fergus, Fiona, Ian and Dave (Band Nothing Concrete)
MAY 2009 - Dear All Our wedding was the best day of our lives. We would like to thank you
all so much for helping to make this happen.Right from our arrival in Inverie, everyone was so kind and welcoming. We knew immediately, that we had chosen the right place for our wedding.The food that you provided was fabulous. We were all, vegetarians and fish and meat eaters alike very happy with all the meals at the Old Forge through the duration of our stay on Knoydart.But our wedding day was very special and you all played a part in making it so for us. We have taken away many happy memories and already feel a connection with Inverie and Knoydart, it's a very special place and we look forward to returning.
Love & Best Wishes Deryl & Mark
APRIL 2009 - There are many excellent pubs to use after a walk. The Wasdale Head Inn & Old Dungeon Ghyll in Wasdale and Great Langdale respectively are most appealing after a long day in the Lakeland fells. Equally the Clachaig in Glencoe would a deserving nomination and there will undoubtedly be other worthwhile candidates from other locations throughout the British Isles. However for me there’s one place that best fits the accolade, the Old Forge at Inverie, an establishment that had been described as Britain’s most remote pub. Having carried out extensive research into numerous pubs within the UK the is nowhere quite like the Old Forge. Despite it feeling like its located on a Scottish isle it isn’t, I can assure you its on the mainland though its only accessible either by boat from Mallaig or by foot across tough walking territory known as the bounds of Knoydart. There are many great things about the Old Forge but what makes it better than anywhere else is you really have to make an effort to get there.
We based ourselves at the Foundation Bunkhouse in Inverie and enjoyed four days walking climbing Munro’s and Corbetts. One particularly memorable day involved an arduous eight hour day climbing Ladhar Bheinn, the highest point on Knoydart at 3,346 feet, trudging through snow from 2,500 feet. A magnificent circular walk involving a not too precipitous ridge, which culminated in seeking reward at the splendid Old Forge.
The pub itself is located near the jetty with wonderful views of Loch Nevis and mountains, the sunsets are to die for. On our visit prior to Easter 2008 Deuchars IPA was the sole real ale but in the in the summer months when the trade increases there are usually two real ales available from the likes of Isle of Skye and Glenfinnan Breweries The top shelf contains a decent number of malts and the food is excellent.Fresh seafood is plentiful, Langoustines, Scallops, Mussels, Smoked salmon, Lobsters, Oysters, and Sea Bass regularly make an appearance while Venison burgers are very popular. Live music is a regular feature, often a punter playing his own (or someone else’s) musical instrument. The Old Forge has won many accolades including being featured as one of only 3 of “Scotland’s bloody good pubs” by Peter Irvine and in The Guardian Guide to Gastropubs. It’s a truly magic place and a perfect place to spend an evening especially after a day’s walking in Knoydart. Keith http://www.ivebeenthere.co.uk/travellers/KeithK8
FEB 2009 - Thanks for looking after us. We had a great visit and a nostalgic time over at Airor, it must of been a tough existence there, no Forge to retreat to when the nights draw in. We will be back in August with the inlaws to sample some more of your fish pie and real ales.
Thanks again (Sarah and Mark from Montrose)
JAN 2009 - Yeha - recovering from Hogmany, have you seen my camera, bag and tent by any chance - never made it back to the long beach but well worth it - Thanks for the headtorch Ian.
Stephen Chisholm (Whitby)
DEC 2008 - "Booked for next year, save me 2 venison steaks for July 6th. Will also buy a low D whistle for our next soujorn, spoons dont cut it at a ceilidh
Elaine and John Cooper (Coulsdon)
DEC 2008 - Thank you to the staff at the Old Forge for a great 3 days on Knoydart. Especially to the chef. The seafood platter was mesmeric, ive never eaten scallops straight from the ocean before. They were out of this world. Please say a big thankyou to your scallop diver for showing Jenny how to "shuck" them, now she can do them for me at home! (haha!)The Staff looked after us very well, you guys deserve your award, your the best pub we found in Scotland. Have a great 2009 Jenny, Mark and Ollie
The Monro Family (Cape Breton)
OCT 2008 - Jason and Claire from Isle of Skye. "What a weekend and what a brilliant ceilidh on Tuesday night! We certainly did not expect to find the place so busy but you made it such a brill weekend we had to drop you a line and say thankyou from us both. We are going to send you up some new roisin for the pub bow Ian, as its certainly not kept idle. We are already planning our next trip up in feb. Thanks guys and don't change a thing!
Jase and Claire"