Visited in April ’09 on a Sunday night.
Tradtional boozer just a 3 or 4 minute walk from the railway station.
Around 5 cask beers on my visit, largely Scottish micro, all in decent nick.
Place was a little on the dark side and not particularly busy on my sojourn here.
Service fine, not too difficult bearing in mind the headcount.
Decent enough pub - need to revisit on a busier evening perhaps.
UPDATE - OCT ’13.
The Blackfriars has gone downhill a little. Visited on the Saturday night of my IS weekend around 9/9.30pm when the place should (would have) been in it’s pomp.
Pretty quiet, beer range has gone down hill. Still 5 cask lines but one was a Holts offering and 2 were from the Spoons fest !!! Everards Pumpkin and Caledonian Poltergeist. The other 2 offerings were Orkney. Never bothered heading back here the next night.
The place has a good history (as a temperance hotel!) and large, old, wooden interior. It was empty when we were there, and a real contrast to the lively Castle Tavern. But they've got the Cask Marque here, and the beers were solid.
This is quite a large pub just off the edge of the shopping area. It is knocked through to a single room which does make it less atmospheric but this is more than mad up for by some great banter from the Landlord. Great beer and good pies. Excellent.
Blackfriars is large traditional Scottish pub located on Academy Street. It has a good local boozer feel to it. They have 5 cask ales, 2 cask ciders and the full range of Cairngorm beers in bottle. The focus is on Scottish microbreweries. There is also some rare keg delights like McEwan’s 60 & 80 shilling.... Solid whisky selection and even some Scotch pies! Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. They have live music some evenings, board games, quizzes and such like to keep you occupied. The disappointing thing is that the place is pretty quiet and there is a for sale sign now outside. Why are the beer lovers of Inverness not here?! Easily my favourite pub in Inverness.
Traditional, slightly spartan Scottish Bar. 5 ales from local microbreweries on tap. Quality of beer good. Live music on a Saturday. Functional rather than pleasant place. Not as good as the nearby Castle Tavern.
I think this pub has great potential, but it is aiming above it’s station. Each time I have gone in it has been very quiet. There are 8 real ale taps, but the lack of steady custom seems to mean that each time I have had a beer it seems to taste old, as if it has sat in the taps for a while. After speaking to some of the local CAMRA boys they seem to be of the opinion that he has beers and good potential, just a shame that too often the pints are not up to standard.
iammarc (10) Inverness, Scotland | July 27, 2008| Updated March 22, 2012
One of my favourite places in Inverness for a tasty beer. There’s a good selection of Scottish ale, ranging in strength and style.