“ Address: 73 Queensgate / Inverness / IV1 1DG „
Whilst staying in Inverness we sampled a few of the local bars and restaurants and The Room bar and restaurant in the centre of town was one we visited on two occasions during our stay.
From the outside you can't really get much of a feel for what The Room will be like. It is housed in a large old building on a street corner, but always seemed fairly busy whilst we were up in Inverness, which I thought was a good sign.
There are other bars and restaurants around this area and this did appear to be popular, so we decided to first visit here late one afternoon for a meal.
The Room offers what I would describe as traditional 'Pub Grub' and so if you are fancying something a little different to this then I would suggest you eat elsewhere, however, 'Pub Grub' is fine by me as long as it is good quality, nicely presented and cooked well and also there were a couple of dishes on the menu such as Venison for instance, which you don't find on many 'pub grub' type menus.
The Room do state that their food is cooked to order by 'real chefs' and so we did feel optimistic about eating here and also once inside, it did seem very nice and has an airy feel about it, thanks to the open plan design, high ceilings and plenty of windows to let in the light. Wooden tables, chairs, floors and the wood panelled bar with wooden bar stools contrast nicely with the light openess.
As we were deciding what to order I saw an offer for Thursday evenings where a 'steak and wine' menu was available for £9.99 and found myself wishing it was Thursday as it did sound appealing. On chatting to a member of staff they did tell me that the Steak Night is popular and booking is recommended if we did visit on a Thursday, which is useful to know.
We had not booked for our visit and managed to get a table, but it was fairly busy inside.
The menu offered starters from £3 but we only wanted a main meal. I chose a burger which was very meaty and appeared homemade and served with dressing and chips. It would have been nicer still if the chips had been home-made instead of the french fries variety, but it didn't really spoil anything. I had found it difficult to choose between a burger and the cajun chicken penne, but as I had had pasta the previous day, the burger won.
My partner had steak and mushroom pie which he said was delicious and contained plenty of meat. He was eying up some battered prawns someone ordered at another table whilst I noticed someone eating a gorgeous looking piece of chocolate cake and thought I may order some after my meal, but once I had finished the burger, I did not feel I could do the chocolate cake justice and so gave it a miss.
The portion sizes at The Room are adequate and all meals appeared well presented, everyone appeared to be enjoying their meals judging by all the empty plates. All the main meals were priced from £5.95 which I thought was very reasonable. We enjoyed our meals and a drink each for less than £20.
Our next visit to The Room was on a Friday evening and we were out enjoying some drinks with friends at one or two of the local bars. As we approached The Room, there were two doormen standing outside and they informed us a band would be starting soon inside, playing a variety of covers. The doormen were very friendly, recognising us as being from the North East and asked us how long we were staying. They also advised us which bars were good to visit and told us of one or two 'rougher' bars that we should maybe avoid. We passed one of these later and could see why we had been advised not to go there, but mostly the bars we did see and the ones we visited were all good and had good atmospheres.
We spent around 2 hours inside The Room listening to the band, who were very good and performed a number of rock covers. On Friday and Saturday nights, you will find bands playing covers from 9.30pm to 1am in the morning here.
The atmosphere inside was very good and a number of people were dancing whilst the band played. From a small group of disabled people being supported by support workers to a group of bikers visiting Inverness, everyone seemed very friendly, relaxed and having a great night. A number of people chatted to us and also the bar staff, although very busy, were very friendly too.
The drink prices are reasonable here and as well as a large selection of draft beers and bottled Scottish ales such as Cairngorm Gold and Orkney Dark Island they also stock an excellent range of malt whiskies. It was more expensive to try one of the Scottish bottles ales at around £3.75 per bottle, but there were a few people sampling these and we spoke to one man who was keeping the bottle for his collection!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visits to The Room and would recommend a visit here if you are ever in Inverness.
The Room is open:-
11am to 11pm (Monday-Thursday)
11am to 1am (Friday and Saturday)
12.30 to 11pm (Sunday)
73 Queensgate, Inverness
Tel: 01463 233077