INVERNESS PART II – AMERICANS GO “WOW”

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Last time in Inverness, I’d been impressed with pubs and beer quality. If Edinburgh = Manchester and Glasgow = London, then Inverness = Cambridge. Don’t @ me.

But two of those, the Phoenix and Blackfriars, are (temporarily) closed so it’s a good job there’s a Spoons, Brewery Tap and fiddle pub to take up the slack.

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MacGregor’s is the other newbie, a pub for the American tourist and music lover (mutually exclusive in my experience).

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By staring intently at the beardy Yanks, I dissuaded them from sitting down two feet from my table and attempting to play “Piano Man”.

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but there was plenty of “Wow !” “Taste this Blackcurrant sour !” and “Awesome”

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I like enthusiasm though, and decided to order a venison burger with my frothy Cromarty (cool, fresh, a bit plain compared to the craft, NBSS 3). The burger wasn’t cheap but was possibly the best I’ve ever had, and I’m a man of burger experience.

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It’s a classy set-up, with posh whisky tasting downstairs. I stuck to the sours, being a bit common. Think of that Holyrood 9A in Edinburgh and you’re getting close.

And if you’re scared by fiddle music, it’s not all 1988 Waterboys.

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The estimable Simon Urry of Highlands CAMRA, who produce some wonderful descriptions on WhatPub, gave me some more suggestions. Strangely, none of them were “go straight to bed with a Chinese takeaway“.

Don’t expect banter here, though one lady who’d worked through the card smashed a glass on her way out which raised the inevitable cheer.

Scarily, it was still only 19:04. Shall I cross the bridge and revisit the legendary Clachnaharry with its award winning selection of local beers, or slum it in the Spoons ?

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Place your bets.

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