The Ironworks music venue opened in Inverness city centre in 2006, and 2015 has seen them turn from a night time venue to Little Bird Coffee House by day & gigs by night.
It makes perfect sense to utilise the space during the day, and people in Inverness love a coffee. This is slightly different from many of the coffee shops in town – it has a young, trendy vibe.
I was interested to see how the coffee house had been incorporated in the venue but once I was inside I forgot all about it, proving the transition has been seamless.
The decor is modern and minimal – think metal seats and chunky wood surfaces. Comfy enough for lunch but not seats to linger on all afternoon.
My initial impression when I approached the counter is that quality is important to them. Bread and baking are local, and quality brands on display.
The chosen sandwich was avocado, mozzarella, peppers, hummous and rocket on white bread. It was scrumptious, a really good combination. It came with some crisps, which I put in the sandwich. Can’t beat crisps in a sandwich, takes me back to my student days except my sandwiches weren’t so classy back then.
I have been following Capability Brown’s on Facebook for a while (this is how I found out about Little Bird) and I know they do some of the baking for the cafe. I don’t know if my blueberry scone was made by them but it was soft in the middle with a nicely coloured outside & was tasty. I’d love to see them using local jam in the future too.
The only negative things that I found was that it was a bit chilly in there and most of the toilets didn’t have any toilet roll in them. We visited on a Monday lunchtime so I’m not sure if the venue staff fill them up before gigs and it had been an oversight.
I was impressed with Little Bird and the food that they had on offer. It’s a small menu but all of the flavour combinations were interesting and well thought out. My chai latte was great and they have just started selling decaf coffee too – a big incentive for me to go back.