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Finding new ways to do business in lockdown world


By Matt MacPherson

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Matt MacPherson.
Matt MacPherson.

After complaining about the restrictions placed on the hospitality sector in my last article, I’m not going to go down that path again. I listen to Nicola and Boris daily but it’s clear to me that they don’t read my article! I guess they don’t have the time, probably too busy enjoying a pint in the “workplace canteen”.

The Malt Room is currently closed as a result of the new restrictions that ban the sale of alcohol indoors. Therefore in this week’s article, instead of moaning about it, I’m going to tell you about some of the ideas we’ve been working on to keep the bar moving forward.

We’ve designed some branded T-shirts, hoodies and jackets that are available to buy on our website. It was always something I had planned to do but the weekly routine always got in the way and it was never achieved. We worked alongside Inverness based “Klas Klothing” and have chosen the best quality available. I hate those cheap T-shirts you get at gigs – I once owned an “Oasis” one and had to bin it as after a few washes as I was wandering around with a T-shirt that said “Sis”. Nothing against my sister but having that on the front and lots of dates on the back felt a bit odd!

A great success during lockdown was our collaboration with Perk Coffee & Doughnuts hosting online whisky and doughnut tastings. Lots of you have been asking us to host another one so we are lining a Halloween Special that will take place on the Sunday, November 1. We will post more information on social media so keep your eyes peeled as tickets will be limited.

I can’t resist having a dig at the current political decisions so The Malt Room will be hosting its own online whisky tasting called “The Blind Leading The Blind”. There will be 5 cask strength samples that we will talk you through and at the end of the evening, we might just be able to make some sense out of these rules. The date is to be confirmed but we will again post about it online.

Apologies once again if you were expecting to learn something about whisky, normal service will be resumed sometime, most definitely not, but possibly soon.



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