Eating out in Inverness – Johnny Foxes Pub

On Thursday four of us enjoyed dinner at Johnny Foxes Pub and Restaurant – it was great!

Courgette and white wine soup, served in a baked bap, was delicious. Two of us had fillet steak – tender, tasty and cooked just as ordered – you wouldn’t find better anywhere. The fish (haddock) and chips was also first rate. We had a very palatable bottle of Chilean red wine with our meal. The service from barman Tyce was excellent – friendly and efficient.

Johnny Foxes has live music every evening, with with the finest bands offering a wide range of Popular, Traditional, Scottish and Irish music.

Adjoining Johnny Foxes is the newest addition to the Inverness club scene, the Den, offering fabulous cocktails, tapas, and great music.

Johnny Foxes
is in a great riverside location near the centre of Inverness. Your Inverness B&B host will be happy to give you more information and to reserve a table for you. For a great selection of top Highland accommodation take a look at our Inverness guest house and bed & breakfast association website.


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Eating out in Inverness – great new restaurant

Last night we tried a great new restaurant in Inverness – Aspendos is a Turkish restaurant which opened 2 weeks ago in Queensgate.

The menu features an excellent variety of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern dishes. The meze for 2 offers 10 different starters and is excellent value. We tried lots of different dishes and they were all very flavoursome and delicious. Plenty of choice for both carnivore and vegetarian alike!

The owner, Mustafa, couldn’t have been more welcoming and his staff are friendly and attentive. In spite of only opening recently the restaurant was doing excellent business – word is obviously spreading fast about this most welcome addition to the Inverness restaurant scene.

If you’re visiting Inverness we recommend you try Aspendos – your Inverness B&B host will be only to happy to arrange a reservation on your behalf.


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Rocpool on the River – the best restaurant in Inverness

Lorraine and I had lunch at Rocpool on the river last Thursday.  It’s always been a great favourite of ours and our most recent lunch there was no exception. (Rocpool on the river is the original Rocpool, and should not be confused with the boutique hotel on Culduthel Road, known as Rocpool Reserve, which is unconnected).

We were looked after brilliantly by Steven (the owner), who presented us with glasses of champagne to celebrate Lorraine and Koshal’s marriage in August.  Our meals were fabulous – the high point for me was my main course, which was  unusual but most delicious – parmesan creme brulee with wild mushrooms, pinenuts and asparagus – yum yum! 

While we were at Rocpool we chatted to a lovely couple at the adjacent table – Jane and Alan Hunter, owners of the charming Archiestown Hotel.  We recommend this highly regarded hotel to visitors to that part of Morayshire.

Rocpool was, as always, absolutely buzzing – we knew it would be so had made an advance reservation.   If you’re staying in Inverness and want to dine at Rocpool, do let your Inverness B&B host make a reservation for you.  (Several days notice is advisable, especially at weekends).  Several of our Inverness bed and breakfast association properties are situated just a few minutes walk from Rocpool.  Check out the Inverness accommodation website for our selection of great B&Bs and guest houses in Inverness.


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The best pubs in Inverness – real ale and good music in the Highland capital

There are 3 really great pubs in Inverness city centre.

Hootannany on Church Street (serial winner of Inverness pub of the year) has live music in 3 bars every night of the week. The Ceilidh Bar on the ground floor has traditional folk and blues, Madhatters (upstairs) has alternative/rock, and the Bothy Bar has acoustic music. With Thai food (available in the Ceilidh Bar until 9 pm) and beer from the Black Isle Brewery, this makes for a great combination.

Blackfriars
on Academy Street dates back to 1783 and is a traditional and unspoilt pub, offering a great selection of award winning cask ales (and features in the Good Beer Guide 2009) and excellent pub grub (available from 11 am to 9 pm daily). Blackfriars is also a great live music venue : “Traditional, folk, country, jazz, big band, rock and blues… something for every musical taste.”

The Castle Tavern, opposite Inverness Castle and overlooking the River Ness, is also a real ale pub with a great atmosphere. On sunny afternoons and evenings the attractive terrace is very popular, while the cosy bar downstairs and the upstairs restaurant (with great views, and serving food from 12 till 10 pm) also have a great buzz. The Castle Tavern hosts a real ale festival every September (along with another excellent pub, the Clachnaharry Inn, on the outskirts of town overlooking the Beauly Firth)


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