Punch commits £800,000 to the highlands

Punch commits £800,000 to the highlands

Pub and hotel operator Punch is investing almost £800,000 in The Blacksmiths pub in Culloden, The Eagle Hotel, Dornoch and the Corriegarth Hotel, Inverness to transform them into quality contemporary venues with a modern twist.

Punch’s investment in the Highlands follows the company’s announcement that it will invest £3m in its 200+ Scottish estate over the next 12 months. 

The Blacksmiths on Keppoch Road is undergoing a £200,000 makeover that will see its food offer revived with much of the investment focusing on the 86 cover restaurant and kitchen facilities. 

Punch is also looking for an individual or couple to take on the reigns of the pub.  Development manager, Tom Reilly, said: “The Blacksmiths has the potential to be a great community local as well as a destination function venue catering for birthdays, weddings and funerals.  It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone with the right ingredients – knowledge of the local area, a passion for serving great food and entrepreneurial flair.”

The Eagle on Castle Street, will enjoy a £275,000 investment and work is due to start onsite early October.  Built in the 1840s, the nine bedroom inn is the oldest established hotel in Dornoch and enjoys close access to the world renowned golf course and beach.

The investment will focus on upgrading the ensuite bedrooms, the 60 capacity bar, serving award winning ales and an extensive range of Scottish Single Malts and Scottish gins plus the 45 cover restaurant that dishes up home cooked food.

In the autumn, the Corriegarth Hotel on Heathmount Road will undergo a £292,000 investment, which will see each room refreshed alongside the popular bar and restaurant which serves a range of homemade pub classics and specials using locally sourced ingredients and a choice of regional and national cask ales.

Tom said: “Due to their fantastic locations, The Eagle and Corriegarth are popular destinations with tourists and locals alike.  We are confident these investments will further their appeal and bring continued success to our Partners.”


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