Fresh off the sleeper train from London last week, Mr B and I had a reunion breakfast at Rendezvous Vintage Cinema Cafe which is centrally located on Inverness’s Church Street – less than five minutes walk away from the train station.
The site of the cafe is renowned locally, as the old Northern Meeting ballroom on site was one of the places that the Beatles first played in 1960 when they were on their first tour as a support act. During that same decade the ballroom was demolished but the links to music were still present as the next business to occupy the site was a music shop called ‘The Record Rendezvous’. This closed in 2000 and was replaced by the Rendezvous Cafe which is a very popular place to stop in for a coffee or bite to eat.
We had never been before but were surprised with an an extensive breakfast menu (I think there’s a shortage of places here that do a good choice of breakfast or brunch dishes) Mr B went for a classic 6 item cooked breakfast which came with toast and a choice of tea/coffee/juice included for only £6.80. Mr B made a point of noting that the coffee was very good, and I noticed that you can buy bags of the beans to enjoy at home.
I meanwhile had a hard choice to make between pancakes and french toast. Eventually I chose the former and I wasn’t disappointed with my two discs of fluffy pancake goodness, complete with mini jug of maple syrup to drizzle over the pancakes and two rashers of thick bacon (£4.60) and a large glass of fresh orange juice.
There is a really nice atmosphere in the cafe – we took the last available table just after 9am as it was busy with busy with workers and tourists alike filling all the booths. The sound of relaxing blues and jazz music could be heard, and there was also a silent film showing on a large TV overhead, along with film memorabilia filling the walls.
Our breakfasts came to less than £13 which was excellent value and it’s a lovely place to relax in. We’ll definitely be returning to try the lunch fare on offer!
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