The historic Blackfriars bar in Inverness has reopened following a major redevelopment.
The £1.36 million investment was helped by a grant of £422,606 from the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project, a £689,200 investment by the building’s owners, Heineken’s Star Pubs & Bars, and a further £250,000 from the pub’s new operator, Billy McAneney.
The project has created 20 new jobs.
The Category B listed 18th-century Blackfriars building has been restored to reveal original features wherever possible, such as exterior stonework.
Highland Councillor Jimmy Gray, chairman of the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project, said: “I’m over the moon to see this historic building restored and reinvented for today’s clientele.
“Academy Street has a real buzz about it with numerous exciting projects currently underway. I wish the new owners and operators the best of luck and look forward to seeing Academy Street and the city centre continue to flourish.”
Blackfriars’ new licensee, Billy McKechnie, said: “I’m excited to be part of this new chapter for Blackfriars.”