February 15, 2014 Inverness, Salad, soup No Comments



After a productive day in Inverness, I had a little time to spare before my journey south so I stopped for a lunchtime interlude at Artysans, on Strothers Lane.

The interior has a heavy emphasis on wood and pastels with smart mirror and lampshade detailing. It felt a little like a furniture shop, in some respects, but I liked it nevertheless.

I was feeling quite peckish so matched a bowl of Cullen skink with a warm black pudding salad, both from their light bites menu.

Cullen skink

Cullen skink

Front of house service seemed a little nervy and inexperienced, but much greater assurance was apparent from the kitchen.

Both dishes arrived at the same time, which was fine. They looked very neat and tidy, with the salad presented with particular care.

Black pudding salad

Black pudding salad

The skink was very good with generous chunks of fish and potatoes in a flavour-packed broth. It was deliciously warming fare.

The salad contained really good elements with the Stornoway black pudding very good, but it didn’t quite come together as a dish. Substituting the boiled egg for a soft poached egg might have been more successful.

So overall, I enjoyed my lunch at Artysans. The Cullen skink was particularly good so is definitely worth a try, if you visit. I’d happily pop back next time I’m in town.

Blythe scores Artysans
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20

I ate: Cullen skink, black pudding salad

I drank: water

I wore: suede shoes

Total bill: £9.45

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Written by BKR