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Victorian market.

The Victorian Market Hall is set to reopen next week after more than 20 months of work to make it a must-visit showcase of Highland food and drink.

Work on the £1.6million project in the Grade B listed hall, dating from 1869, began in January 2021 and to date three companies have occupied five units.

They will start opening from September 14.

The central space of the former meat and fish hall has been completely redesigned to accommodate 15 new commercial units that can house food, beverage and retail businesses.

Highland Council is behind this ambitious redevelopment, which aims to provide a dining experience.

Bad Girl Bakery.
Bad Girl Bakery.

The so-called anchor tenant is the multi-award-winning Bad Girl Bakery, which offers cakes, coffee, deli sandwiches and breakfasts, but the team will also run a Good Girl Grocer in the lobby.

He recruits for what he said is his flagship unit, adding that he is looking for “friendly, happy and hard-working people”.

Another award-winning tenant, fresh from success at the Scottish Bar and Pub Awards, is Matt MacPherson of the Malt Room, who was crowned 2022 Deanston Whiskey Guru and Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year at Buzzworks & Montpeliers.

He will open a boutique specializing in whiskey a stone’s throw from the Malt Room in Church Street.

It has also taken on a neighboring unit to be called Moonshine which will offer cocktails and the best of the local beers as well as wine and prosecco for those who sit down in the hall for a bite to eat.

Matt McPherson.
Matt McPherson.

Mr MacPherson believes the hall will have a positive impact on Inverness, saying: “I think it’s great. I think one thing we find at the Malt Room is that we get so many visitors to Inverness and there just aren’t enough good food and drink offerings.

“There are some amazing restaurants but we find a problem is that even on a Monday night in the summer, wherever we recommend be it Café One, River House, Mustard Seed etc, they are always fully booked.

“It’s great – great for them that they’re fine, but we’re seeing there’s a lack of walk-in places where people can come and have a drink and eat, so hopefully it’s going to be a celebration. Highland food and drink and we’re really excited about it.

Finally, there’s Salt N Fire, which, with the recent demise of the Alleycat, will offer vegan food in a unit next to the Church Street Market entrance.

The restaurant managers are two chefs trained by Albert Roux who already run the successful restaurant The Night Safe, in Hawick.

Lara Elsayed.
Lara Elsayed.

Operations manager Lara Elsayed said: “We are now finalizing what we will have but I don’t want to reveal too much at the moment but it will be like street food for more than a year. country.

“Some dishes will be from South America, some will be from Mediterranean cuisine and if we can find Scottish vegan food we will have it.

“We plan to be open from 10am to 8pm during off hours and during the summer from 10am to 10pm and I hope UHI students can apply here, especially cooking classes as they will learn something again.”

Highland Council’s Inverness leader Ian Brown said: ‘It’s great to see this part of the Victorian market being brought back into use.

“The space is very attractive and brings well-established businesses downtown. Their success will hopefully attract more investment and we look forward to seeing our Highland residents enjoying visiting their market again.

It’s more good news for foodies in the city, as Eastgate Shopping Center is investing more than £2million in a new food zone to be known as Loch & Larder and set to open before Christmas.

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