Inverness, granted city status in 2000 and the Highland capital, is a busy place for trucks and as such a good place for a truckstop.
Café V8 has recently been taken over by new management and has undergone a full refurbishment inside and out.
It remains a family run establishment and features a full sit-in and takeaway menu freshly prepared using local produce with meat supplied by Macdougall & Hastie Butchers of the Victorian Market, Inverness.
The site is at 12 Henderson Road, IV1 1SN, in the middle of the Longman Industrial Estate near the Harbour close to the centre of the city, and it is easy to spot when you arrive. If you are on the A9 heading north, take the right turn onto the A82 and while technically it’s a right turn into Henderson Road, you cannot make this manoeuvre so you need to go down to the next roundabout and double back on yourself and then turn left.
There is parking for up to 40 trucks and the overnight charge is £12 which includes a £5 meal voucher. There is CCTV protecting the truck park.
The opening hours are 0700-2000 Mondays to Saturdays and 0900-1700 on Sundays for the sit down restaurant while the take away service is available from 0700-1600 (M-S) and 0900-1600 on Sundays.
The breakfast menu is served from 0700-1500 and features a number of set breakfasts. They are the V8 light – which is beans on toast or cheese on toast plus a tea/coffee which costs £4.60. The V8 starter breakfast is £4.65 and comprises two sausages, bacon and egg and a round of toast plus a tea or coffee. The V8 mini is a sausage, bacon, beans, black pudding, egg and toast – plus a brew – and comes in at £5.50. then there is the V8 mega which comprises two sausages, two bacon, black pudding, beans, mushrooms, tattie scone, egg tomatoes and toasts and is £6.95, including the tea or coffee.
You can add an extra such as eggs, sausage, haggis, bacon, mushrooms and so on, the price for each is typically in the 60-80p range.
Moving on to other meals, also available are jacket potatoes – the basic offering with butter is £3.50 and fillings are 90p for haggis, cheese or coleslaw, and beans are £1. Coronation chicken, chicken & sweetcorn and tuna & onion are £1.95 while sweet chili chicken (£2.10) and prawn Marie Rose (£2.45) are other filling options.
There are soups served with chips and a filled sandwich, wrap or toastie and these start at £5.45 and go up to £5.95. You can have just soup with bread for £2.95.
The burger range starts at £3 for beef, chicken, veggie or pork & apple, with venison at £3.20. You can add cheese, onions, beans, coleslaw or salad to these for a nominal extra charge.
The main meal menu is scampi & chips, fish & chips, mince & potatoes, steak pie, macaroni cheese, lasagne, chicken curry, sausage and mash, gammon steak and rump steak in the £6.95-£8.95 bracket and finally the V8 mixed grill is at £9.95. Salads – cheese & ham, tuna and prawn Marie Rose are £7.45.
There is also a children’s menu at £4.75 for a ¼lb Angus burger, chicken nuggets, chicken burger, macaroni cheese or soup and a sandwich.
Like so many truckstops these days, it is important to appeal to the wider public and accordingly Saturday night is steak night and there is a Sunday carvery (1200-1600) with lamb, beef, pork or gammon on offer. If you are up for it, the café offers the 32oz rump steak challenge with onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes and chips.
The site offers tea (£1.60 for a pot), coffee (£1.70) plus cans of pop, beers, wines and spirits. There is a large dining area which is very pleasant and clean. Inside the facilities include free wi-fi, Sky Sports News on a large TV, free on site car parking and token meter shower rooms including shaving facilities.
Overall, this is very nice establishment, and the table service from the cheerful staff is excellent. It is a little pricey compared with some other truckstops, and you may want to add a few extras to your breakfast to fill it out as they are a little basic, but the food is of a very good quality so you won’t waste any. I’d rather pay more for good food than be a cheapskate and be served rubbish
12 Henderson Road, Longman Industrial estate, Inverness, IV1 1SN,