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Blackfriars, Inverness Central East, Inverness

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93-95 Academy Street
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Colin Walker left this review about Blackfriars

Long before there was Blackfriars, the building in Academy Street, which was built around 1793, was originally used as a general provisions store and coffee house up until 1867, when it became Frasers Temperance Hotel. It continued to trade as “Frasers“ until about 1930 when it once again changed its name, trading as an Artisans bar named “The Academy Bar” with the Rose Street Foundry across the road now in full production. In 1964 the premises were bought by “Scottish and Newcastle Breweries”, renamed the Abertarff (a reference to the oldest house in Inverness built in 1593) and continued to trade being very popular with patrons and artists visiting “The Empire Theatre” a hundred yards up Academy Street. In 1986 the pub was renamed “The Rose and Thistle”. But this name lasted just two weeks before it was re-named again to “The Foundry”. Unfortunately this was just before the closure of the foundry across the road. Finally it was renamed “Blackfriars Highland Pub" and today after two hundred years it remains a landmark in the city. The place has been recommended by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and listed in the Good Beer Guide 2010; Blackfriars is also holder of the prestigious Cask Marque award. There is a great choice of REAL ALES are available from Scottish breweries such as Scapa Special, Orkney Blast, Ossian and at least 4 more. There is also some from English breweries such as Okell's Dr.Okell IPA, Hook Norton Old Hooky and a few more to sample. There is a snack come lunch menu available and a main meal menu. The prices are similar to Glasgow prices. The place sits just over 100metres from the train station.

On 27th March 2015 - rating: 10
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Clive Thompson left this review about Blackfriars

Paid two weekday afternoon visits and was the only person in both times. Attractive old pub and interesting to have a look around. I had four different beers but only one of them made me think I'd want another. Thistly Cross ciders are served from boxes behind the bar.

On 19th May 2013 - rating: 6
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E TA left this review about Blackfriars

Still one of Inverness's best pubs, the Blackfriars is a large, single large bar, basic decor and bare floor, slightly battered furniture and no frills. The building dates from around 1890, and it has been a pub since 1930. It was previously known as The Academy Bar, and before that was a temperance hostel, coffee house and general store. It's a regular live music venue and does decent bar food at a fair price. The staff were very welcoming, though the majority of the clientele were a bit dull. Three ales and a cider on, I had a pint of Orkney which as in excellent condition. I had forgotten how good this pub is since my last visit, but in future I shall make sure I come back when I'm in town.

On 28th November 2012 - rating: 8
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25th Jun 2018, 10:49
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25th Jun 2018, 09:26
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 17 November 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 17 November 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : Yes - Weekends - last updated 17 November 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 26 October 2012 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 17 November 2013 by ROB Camra
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