With the recent news reports of the number of unemployed people throughout the UK dropping, it may have acted as a kick in the teeth for the Scottish, who are still in the slump of employment opportunities.
As Christmas draws ever closer, the purse strings seem to be doing likewise as we all watch the pennies carefully during weekly food shops, Christmas present buying and general expenditure. Local businesses in retail, luxury items, the leisure industry and even restaurants and eateries have predicted a fall in sales.
Partially this can be put down to research which indicates that our spending, specifically in regards to eating out, is directly proportional to how we perceive the economy as a whole, as well as our own financial well being. Which is perhaps an obvious statement. However, in the last couple of years we have been in the throws of full-blown recession, whereas 2012 has seen, generally, a slight improvement in the economy and production throughout the UK, so why is it that statistically we have reduced our ‘eat out’ rate from 2011?
Possibly a worrying prospect for the Restaurant industry here in the highlands. But having said this, I know that personally I would rather cut down on the luxury food items I have at home and save to go out once a month, to give myself the treat of well-managed finances and that sense of luxury on a semi-regular basis. And here-in lies the hope of the restaurant business.
Throughout Inverness and the surrounding areas a surge of incredibly good deals, special meal offers and freebies have cropped up within the last few months to tickle our taste buds and lore us into the Restaurants, bars and pubs.
Meals out that are affordable, value for money and accessible to the general public.
Just a short snippet of what’s currently on offer:-
- Steak and Wine Nights for just £9.99 per person at No. 27, Inverness on Mondays and The Room in Inverness on Thursdays!
- 2 for 1 Tapas at Bar One, Inverness on Mondays.
- 2 for 1 Meal Offer at The Mallard, Dingwall Mondays-Thursdays.
- 3 courses for £9.95 on Sunday Carvary at The National Hotel, ???
- Kids Eat Free at the Clachnahrry Inn, Inverness.
And it’s not just for evening meals, all these deals are with lunch menu’s:-
- Free tea or coffee with any cake at Glenmoriston Arms Hotel, Glenmoriston.
- Free cake with any meal at Taste of Joy, Inverness.
- 2 Course Business Lunch for £7.95 at Rajah Indian Restaurant, Inverness.
Eating out is surprisingly inexpensive at present, and the deals just keep coming! Have a browse through an extensive list of eating offers in Inverness.
Not only does eating out encourage and support the local Restaurant businesses across the highlands but it also celebrates the diversity of cuisine available. And what better time to do so than on the back of National Eating Out Week – celebrated 18th - 24th November!