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Update - Chef Ryan and owner Alun Pearson announced today (Wed, April 10) that they plan to keep The Bothy running until “at least the season or until it is sold.”

Time is being called on The Bothy in Leverburgh on Saturday (April 13) after the owner decided to sell up.

The building was formerly a store operated by Obbe Fishings but was relaunched as a cafe/pub in 2022 by Alun Pearson of Stockton-on-Tees in northeast England.  

He converted the premises into a licensed eatery and entertainment venue.

But this morning, he announced the closure on social media.

The Bothy’s Facebook page announced: “From Saturday, The Bothy will be closed. It has been an incredibly hard decision to make, but yet again, I have been let down by a manager. This time, the guy simply didn’t turn up, which is really hard as he promised so much over the winter. 

“I live 430 miles and a ferry crossing away. I have spent nine months in the last two years on the island. This time has had a detrimental effect on my business and home life.

“The Bothy, my house, and partially-built staff accommodation is now for sale.”

Last Saturday was the opening night of the season, with the first dinner service of 2024 and entertainment by Iain ‘Costello’ Maciver.

The Bothy is also home to a popular darts league. 


This article has been updated with the news that The Bothy is staying opening in the short term.