Highlands hospitality firms unite to acquire landmark restaurant

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Highland hospitality stalwarts Cru Hospitality and Cobbs group have joined forces to acquire the Sundancer Restaurant in Nairn from current owner Lee Jack.

Published: 28 March, 2024

Taking entry later this month, it will secure the restaurant and over twenty jobs as the current owner looks to concentrate on other business interest.

Cru CEO, Scott Murray said: “When the opportunity presented itself to add The Sundancer to the Cru Hospitality family, we knew it was the right move. Its reputation for incredible service and delicious food aligns perfectly with everything we strive to achieve in our venues.

The opportunity to work with a company like Cobbs is also an added benefit and we are excited to begin this new relationship with them.

“We’d like to reassure customers that from the moment we take over, it will be business as usual. All bookings will be honoured, and you’ll still receive the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect at The Sundancer.

Previous owner Lee Jack said “after seven years in the Sundancer, I felt I wanted to concentrate on other things, and wanted to ensure that whomever took it on would share the same commitment to my team and quality of food and service. I am delighted to have concluded a deal with Cru and Cobbs, and I can’t think of a better team to take the Sundancer forward.”

The Sundancer is one of Nairns best-loved eateries, serving up creative cocktails and contemporary dining in front of an unrivalled view across the Moray coast. It joins six other bars and restaurants in the Cru Hospitality group – including Scotch & Rye, the Whitehouse and Prime steak and seafood.

Mr Murray added: “We’re proud to support the Highland hospitality industry and help popular venues like The Sundancer stay open for many years to come.

“We’re committed to ensuring the hospitality industry thrives in the region, by guaranteeing a high quality of service across all our venues and ensuring the industry is an attractive place to work by offering fair pay and generous benefits”

Cobbs Group Director, Arran McMaster said; The Sundancer is a much-loved cafe and restaurant which has served its local community so well under the ownership of Lee and his family. Working in partnership with Cru, we will endeavour to maintain the community spirit and family values on which The Sundancer has built its reputation. 

Cobbs Group own and operate 6 hotels including Loch Ness Clansman Hotel and Loch Ness Country House Hotel, as well as a bakery, cafes, and gift shops throughout Scotland. 

Cru Hospitality is the Highlands’ leading hospitality group, with a portfolio of seven bars and restaurants in Inverness and Nairn: PrimeThe ImperialScotch & RyeThe ClassroomThe Wee BarThe Whitehouse, and The Imperial For more information, visit www.cruhq.com.  Cobbs group own and operate a network of bakeries and hotels across Scotland.

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