CITY restaurants might have to invest in some more bottles of South African wine after receiving praise from the country’s national airline.
The April edition of South African Airways in-flight magazine, Sawubona, highlights the views and the fine dining visitors can experience alongside the banks of the River Ness as part of a travel feature on Scotland that included places for visitors to look out for in Oban, Stonehaven and Fort William, as well as Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Travel journalist Cara Bouwer writes that visitors do not have to look far on either side of the river to find a restaurant showcasing an interesting twist on Scottish cooking, and highlights the Kitchen Brasserie, Rocpool and River House Restaurant on Huntly Street and the "trendy Mustard Seed" on Bank Street.
"Be sure to book a table to avoid disappointment, especially during the high season months of June through to September," she added.
"The views are a worthy complement to the cuisine."
The article will help spread the word about the Inverness eateries to thousands of international travellers. Sawubona, which takes its name from a Zulu greeting, is distributed free on all South African Airways flights and has a circulation of 90,000 readers with a reach of 700,000.
Alfie Little, owner of the River House Restaurant, welcomed the international accolade.
"It’s lovely to get recognition from anywhere, but when it comes from halfway around the world, that’s even better," he said.
"But it’s all about Inverness at the end of the day. We need to get people to come here and to understand that Inverness has some really good restaurants. Anyone who spreads that message is doing us a favour really."