This summer Cairngorm Taverns, the associate company of The Cairngorm Brewery, will start work on transforming the former AI Welders building in Inverness into a pub with office space upstairs. The company sealed the deal to buy the building in the Autumn, and is now working on plans for the grade B-listed building, which is also on the Building at Risk Register.
The building will need stripped out and Cairngorm will work with the city’s heritage trust to restore the building, which is considered one of the most important historical buildings in Inverness, due to the fact that companies housed in the building once played a central role in the economic and social history of the city.
The ground floor of the building is currently occupied by Deeno’s Sports Bar, and there are no plans for the bar to close until the refurbishment is due to start. The Cairngorm Brewery, which brews and bottles in Aviemore, is owned by Martin Riley of Laidlaw International. Its beers include Cairngorm Gold, Stag, Wildcat and Nessie’s Monster Mash.