Beloved Brambles coffee is back at the Caley Club, Inverness.


Brambles moves to the Caley Club: Ross Rae, owner/chef and Andrea Harrison-Rae, manager. Pictured: James Mackenzie.

It was the beloved cafe that captured the hearts of Cradlehall.

But now a whole new fan base awaits Brambles Cafe and Restaurant.

The business venture has entered into a partnership with the Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC Social Club in the city centre.

From premises in Greig Street – affectionately known as the Caley Club – husband and wife duo Andrea and Ross Harrison are once again serving hearty traditional Scottish cuisine to the people of Inverness.

In an attempt to corner the market for good pub food, they keep their overhead low to allow customers to get food at reasonable prices.

As well as a normal menu, they also have giant pubs like Wetherspoons with themed nights – like fish suppers on Friday nights, fried chicken dinner on Wednesdays and a curry club on Thursday nights.

Andrea (47) and the former Brambles incarnation of Ross at Cradlehall Business Park closed last year, leaving locals coveting their offers.

But thanks to an intervention from Caley Club bosses, the pair are now back in the kitchen and finally bringing the food back to the downtown social scene.

As well as providing food for football fans on match days, they also hope to make an impression on casual diners – with families in particular.

Many meal deals – including a drink – cost less than £10 – a particular source of pride for Ross (45).

He said: “During the weekends we will have members, so it will really take care of itself.

“But on Sunday, we’re back to doing roast dinners.

“And try to encourage more families to come.

“During the week we have different theme nights, because obviously you have to encourage people to go out, for example on a Wednesday night.

“Everything is at a fair price, in my opinion.”

Andrea added: “We have people coming back from Cradlehall which is good.

“My goal is to make this place really nice.”

The couple said they hoped to change the old social club image of casual drinking culture into an enjoyable, family-friendly dining experience.

Plans for the future could include take-out options – subject to council planning permission.

However, in the short term, the couple hope to focus on what they can offer in the club’s event hall.

Ross said: “There hasn’t been any food here since the first lockdown.

“The idea is that we work with the club to deliver something good.”

Andrea added: “We’re all about budget. It’s not inflated prices.”


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