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Inverness train station.

Finally in Inverness! After a journey of two plane rides and a train ride with a great view of green, green hills and lots of sheep, I arrived in Nessie's city. Tired and ready for a nap, I decided to walk to my B&B (or guesthouse as they seem to be called around these parts). Of course I managed to turn left when I should have gone right - twice - but it wasn't too long (with some help from some locals) before I made it to the Crown Hotel Guesthouse, my "home" for the next two nights.

Once I got in to my room, thanks to one of the other guesthouse owners, I took a waaaaaaaaay overdo shower and felt a bit more human again. I decided I needed to go out for a walk (following the directions of the previously mentioned other owner) and find some dinner. Fortunately the restaurants and pubs were still open, because none of the shops are past 6PM!

I decided on the Smith and Jones pub, and placed my order for fish and chips, as well as a raspberry lemonade mocktail (basically it seemed to be raspberry syrup with soda/seltzer water; so not a lemonade in the North American sense, but still good).

The street my guesthouse is on.

I got my (unsurprisingly) huge piece of fish with some chips, but was disappointed to find out that the "pot of tartar sauce" advertised on the menu was not fresh, rather individual packages of tartar. And my peas were cold! All in all, though, not a bad fish and chips, but the best I've had in the UK to date was in a little shop in Glastonbury, England when I was there a couple of years ago.

Something I've noticed on the menus both in Aberdeen and Inverness: potato jackets (aka potato skins) with all sorts of weird fillings. Sure there's your everyday cheese, but beans? Or tuna mayo?? Don't know if this carries over elsewhere in the UK, so I'll just chalk it up to the strangeness of Scots for now.

My guesthouse!
(Hello, haggis anyone!? ;-))

Now I was going to order some sticky pudding. I intended to get it to go (aka "take away" over here), but they didn't have anything to put it in for take away. So I wandered the streets, trying to find somewhere that did dessert take away. No luck. Unlike in North America, I guess people don't take leftovers home?

After all that wandering, I ended up back at The Auctioneers, one of the pub/restaurants where I had asked about dessert take away.

O.M.G. Delicious toffee sugary overlaod! The pudding is somewhat like a heated plain muffin, but with the warm toffee covering it? Superlatively fabulous! I don't know if all places make it that well, but I would recommend stopping into The Auctioneers anyway. Not only is the sticky toffee pudding really good, but the atmosphere is comfortable and the music is decent and not too loud.

As I finished my cup of tea, I started pondering my bed as it had been a long couple of days of travel and I had a date with Nessie in the morning!

livelovelaugh87 says:
Congrats on the feature, glad you had fun over there!
Posted on: Mar 03, 2010
Koralifix says:
Congrats on having this blog featured! Nice job!
Posted on: Mar 03, 2010
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Inverness train station.
Inverness train station.
The street my guesthouse is on.
The street my guesthouse is on.
My guesthouse!
My guesthouse!
A nice stone welcome at the front …
A nice stone welcome at the front…
Stairs leading down from the stree…
Stairs leading down from the stre…
Stairs leading down from the stree…
Stairs leading down from the stre…
Lovely pedestrian street.
Lovely pedestrian street.
The required fish and chip dinner!
The required fish and chip dinner!
View from my window at the guestho…
View from my window at the guesth…
Inverness Hotels & Accommodations review
Nice comfortable guesthouse with good rooms and well placed in the town. Close to shops, but still enough away from the hustle and bustle to be able t… read entire review
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