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Look on the bright side!

Our Managing Director, Scott Murray shared his surprisingly uplifting thoughts on this uncertain time! Writing this article from what was once my dining room, but now acts as a makeshift HQ for our 9 companies, I look back with a fondness to the chaos that my days hitherto the great Corona outbreak of 2020 was filled with. For the sake…

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COVID Temporary Closures

At this time, the safety and wellbeing of our Staff and our customers is our number one priority. With that in mind, we will be closing our doors tonight, at 10pm, and will remain closed to the public until further notice. Yes, I’m afraid that means no takeaways, no deliveries, no pints, no cocktails…the lot! We are sorry, it’s not…

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Safety first!

There is nothing more important to us, than the safety & wellbeing of both our staff, and of course, our customers.  As such, we have already taken extra measures to reassure our customers in the wake of Coronavirus. Operating seven bars & restaurants in Inverness, we have implemented additional measures, companywide, in an effort to keep customers and staff safe and…

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Oh what a night!

Last week, at the Macdonald Aviemore Highland resort, 120 of CRU Holdings staff, suppliers, sponsors, and friends descended upon the luxurious Highland hotel! Every year, we try and make the staff awards more special, more inclusive, and more worthy of our fantastic team than the last.  And we think we topped them all this year!  It wasn’t so long ago that…

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Nothing but Gold for CRU!

Best Bar None is a national accreditation and award scheme for licensed premises, where premises are tasked with being compliant, safe, environmentally conscious, and innovative. And it’s safe to say we are chuffed to bits to have been awarded Gold for every single one of our premises, an achievement our Inverness venues have realised 2 years in a row! Not…

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Back to School for Ken!

Pupils from Millburn Academy in Inverness were recently set a challenge by employability group Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) where more than 200 pupils paired up to design, brand and market a burger in just five weeks! With the aim of teaching the younger generation about the entire food chain, from sustainable sourcing, ingredients and products, professional kitchen skills and other business functions,…

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The season for giving!

Tis’ the season to be jolly!  And what could be jollier, than drinking delicious beer while supporting a worthy cause!? This Christmas, we have joined forces with two Scottish brewers to create festive brews to raise money for UK Charity, Cash for Kids. Both Scotch & Rye and Bar One, will be stocking the Christmas-inspired rye beer releases from Scottish brewing…

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Jet-setting & Goal-getting

We are big believers in work hard, play hard.  And given our industry, we also don’t think these activities are necessarily that different.   In November, our entire Management team from every venue, flew out to Antalya, Turkey, with two of the company Directors, Ken & Scott, to undertake some training, share ideas, and enjoy some much earned downtime! After a long,…

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Cru Holdings Acquires Popular Nairn Eatery

Highlands hospitality operator Cru Holdings now has its first venue in the Highlands outside Inverness thanks to the acquisition of the well established and extremely popular bistro, The Classroom, in Nairn. Acquired by local couple Willie and Fiona Lean in 2009, The Classroom has built up a reputation for excellent food, drink and service. Popular with locals and consistently receiving…

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Were Thomas Cook left behind?

By the time you’re reading this, the “final” Brexit exit date of 31st October will have past.  Whatever the final result was, when we look back at the last couple of years in travel, there is no doubt that the process of Brexit itself has taken a huge toll on the industry.  For reasons that I have cited in previous articles, we have…

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