Day 4: Tuesday 6 October 2009
We took Henry to the Little Garve River Walk, which was about 3 miles along a raging torrent of water with water falls - quite spectacular. We met a friendly man walking his dog, Dougal, a bearded collie, who was adorable. We had a long chat and he said he was over from Lochinver on the West coast doing his 'messages' (shopping) for his wife - a monthly trek from coast to coast.
After that we looked around Inverness, visiting the art gallery and museum and looking round the shops. The museum is small but very well curated, with all sorts of exhibits, from prehistoric stones marked with spirals, to a stuffed cougar (that had been found wandering loose, was captured and spent the rest of her life in a wildlife park), miniature bag pipes, clothing, textiles and much more. A very enjoyable hour or so spent browsing! We had a smashing cup of coffee in this cafe in the 'Victorian Market'.
Dinner: The Cawdor Tavern, Cawdor
JKW: Cambazola cheese, and spiced pear salad; baked portabello mushrooms, stuffed with brie, onion marmalade and spinach; lemon meringue stack; 2 glasses of red wine.
RJW: Goats' cheese and onion tart; broad bean risotto; french fries (shared); Belhaven beer.
The waitress made us feel relaxed and welcome. The restaurant had an old fashioned ambiance, with dark wood furniture and textured orange/brown walls. This was rather at odds with the 80s pop music playing in the background!
I enjoyed all three of my courses; the mushrooms in particular were delicious. The pudding needed a dash more real lemon. Rob liked his starter which had a tangy onion marmalade topped with melting goats' cheese, but found the risotto too bland.
Recommended?: Yes, but would love to see some non-cheese options for vegetarians.