Inverness is the Capital of the Highlands, so it’s the perfect place to base yourself whilst exploring. Being the largest city in the highlands means that it has plenty of tasty food to choose from…
This one is for anyone with a sweet tooth. The churros and hot chocolate are my reason for visiting, but they have plenty of other desserts and chocolate options, including a version of Butterbeer! So Coco serve savoury meals as well, but I would pop in during the afternoon for a cake and drink – especially with the cold weather now rolling in!
Rendezvous dates back to the 1700’s and has taken many forms since then, it was even a dance hall where the Beatles played! Now, it’s a nice little cafe for enjoying a spot of lunch. Don’t expect anything fancy, but you can expect a good, hearty meal. It’s a classic menu with sandwiches, paninis, baked potatoes and salads, or porridge for breakfast.
This has been my favourite lunch spot in Inverness so far. The menu has a good selection of standard lunch items: sandwiches, paninis, baked potatoes etc, but also a great specials list. I opted for peppers stuffed with quinoa, halloumi on a bed of delicious tomato sauce. The pepper, quinoa and halloumi combo was good, but the rich tomato sauce was my highlight. The cakes here are also delicious!
The Mustard Seed
This is definitely one of Inverness’ most well-known restaurants, it comes recommended by both locals and tourists. It has a European menu on offer with plenty of Scottish ingredients to give guests a good feel for the Highlands. They also have a cheaper early evening menu, which is always a nice option to have. The main dinner menu has a good mix of dishes, including haggis spring rolls and seabass with chorizo and potatoes. It’s a lovely setting too; the building is an old converted church and there is an upper balcony level, which looks over the tables below, and also into the kitchen.
The Castle Tavern
Everyone is partial to some pub grub now and then, and The Castle Tavern is the ideal place for when this craving takes hold. It’s a real ale bar, so there are plenty of drink options, and the added restaurant allows for some satisfying food alongside. From Cullen skink and fish & chips to burgers, there’s a wide variety on the menu. I chose the mac ‘n’ cheese and spent the evening cosied up in this traditional tavern.
Black Isle Bar
This has been one of my favourite feeds in Inverness because of the chilled-out vibe. I visit a lot on my own for work and found the Black Isle Bar with big wooden tables, which customers share, to be great for solo dining. There’s a mixture of their own beer, as well as worldwide beers and delicious wood-fired pizzas to choose from.
Thai Dining sits somewhere between a casual and a fancy restaurant. It’s not super relaxing, but not overly formal either, so it’s good for a middle of the road dinner. There are lots of tasty sounding dishes on the menu, but I’m partial to a Thai salad, so the Yum Salad is what I ordered. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and it was packed with plenty of flavour and spice!
Not a place you can eat out at, but perfect for a night in, Sushi Inverness will deliver fresh sushi straight to your home. Or, they will even deliver to the train station if, like me, you want a tasty meal whilst travelling! There are different sushi sets you can choose from, depending on how hungry you are, but each with a good mix of fish and veg.