Published: 23/05/2018 13:00 - Updated: 22/05/2018 09:56

New community cafe for Merkinch

Written byVal Sweeney


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Barista JD Bump, pastor of King's Fellowship Chris Dowling and the Methodist Church's David Saunders at the opening of the Bike Shed coffee shop.

A NEW café in the heart of an Inverness community is aiming to become a much-needed social hub for the area’s residents.

The Coffee House has opened in the Bike Shed in Merkinch in a joint partnership involving the Methodist Church and King’s Fellowship which runs a successful coffee shop in a converted fish processing factory in the Smithton Industrial Estate.

The facility, in Grant Street, will open initially Wednesdays to Fridays between 10am and 3pm serving barista-made coffees at affordable prices but the aim is to extend to a fourth day and also to open in the evenings.

Chris Dowling, pastor of King’s Fellowship, said surveys had revealed residents felt the area desperately needed a café.

"We hope mums will call in on their way back from dropping off the children at school, as well as others in the community who might feel lonely or isolated," he said.

"Part of the vision is to create the best coffee shop in the Highlands in the heart of Grant Street but also a place for the community to meet."

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