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Scottish innkeeping at its best

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival

The Tavern is tucked away in the heart of Cawdor’s pretty conservation village; nearby is the castle where Macbeth held court. Pretty wooded countryside slides away from the pub, offering umpteen opportunities for rambles and challenging cycle routes. Exercise over, repair to this homely hostelry to enjoy the welcoming mix of fine Scottish food and island microbrewery ales that makes the pub a destination in its own right. There’s an almost baronial feel to the bars, created from the Cawdor Estate’s joinery workshop in the 1960s. The lounge bar’s wonderful panelling came from Cawdor Castle’s dining room as a gift from a former laird; log fires and stoves add winter warmth, as does the impressive choice of Orkney Brewery beers and Highland and Island malts. An accomplished menu balances meat, fish, game and vegetarian options, prepared in a modern Scottish style with first class Scottish produce. Settle in the delightful restaurant beneath wrought iron Jacobean chandeliers – alfresco drinking and dining is possible on the colourful patio area at the front of the Tavern during the warm summer months.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December, 1 January
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11–11 (Saturday 11am–midnight Sunday 12.30–11)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–5, Sunday 12.30–5.30
  • Dinner: all week 5–9

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Between Inverness and Nairn, take A96 onto B9006, follow Cawdor Castle signs. Tavern in village centre.

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