Member of the Week - The Sun Dancer
The Sun Dancer is located on the beach in Nairn with panoramic views over the Moray Firth. They pride themselves on offering locally sourced, affordable yet sensational meals. With the seafront on the doorstep they specialise in creating unique seafood dishes and have a daily seafood special on offer throughout the year. However, they appreciate that seafood it not to everyone’s taste and their menu reflects this with other choices which include traditional Scottish meats such as venison, beef and of course haggis – again all locally sourced. The Sun Dancer celebrates three years in business this summer.
Inverness Chamber spoke to Lee Jack, owner of the Sun Dancer. About his role, Lee said: “Hospitality and tourism is a huge passion of mine and I truly believe that we need to be investing more in this sector with Scotland’s tourism sector growing so rapidly. I am responsible for a team of 30 staff, but I have a fabulous head chef who comes up with classic menus with a modern twist. Ryan Main is our restaurant manager and he handles the day to day running of the Sun Dancer. I am very lucky to have a loyal staff who are as passionate about the Sun Dancer and what we offer as I am.”
Lee told us why he wanted to take advantage of the member of the week promotion: “We have been Chamber members for a while and it was time that we got involved in more of what the Chamber does. We recognise that it’s a great platform for us as everyone likes to eat out. It may be as well that there are new suppliers out there or indeed businesses looking for a venue, so it may be a great way to create new opportunities.”
The Sun Dancer have some events coming towards the tail end of the year such as a tailored comedy night and possibly a second gin and jazz night so they urge people to look out for those when they start publicising. However, with the nights getting lighter, they really want to make sure everyone is aware of their amazing food offering and the stunning view.
The Sun Dancer would also like to raise awareness of their function room which can be used for private events such as parties, small weddings or even business events!
We asked Lee about their business plans for over the next 12 months: “The Sun Dancer is celebrating its third year in business in August. We now have a well-established customer base throughout the main tourist season and are already looking at ways to increase our sales in what are notoriously quieter months for the town. Also, we have a great reputation now, we have worked hard to get here, but it’s also important not to take our eye off the ball and make sure that we maintain it.”
Lee told us about their awards and commendations: “ This last year has been exceptionally good with regard to awards. The restaurant now holds three food and drink awards including the Hidden Gem title in the Scotsman Food and Drink Awards, Restaurant of the Year at the Inverness Business Awards and Best Seafront Restaurant 2018 – Highlands and Islands in the Lux Life Food & Drink Awards. We are also delighted to have been featured in Scotland the Best by Peter Irvine.”
Inverness Chamber asked Lee what he values most about his Inverness Chamber of Commerce membership: “Opportunities such as Member of the Week are great and we are also working with the Chamber to potentially host one of the Chamber lunches – which will give the other members a great meal out with us, but also provide us with an opportunity to showcase what we do to a number of different types of people.”
Lee shared his top-tip to other Chamber member to get the most out of their membership: “Because of the nature of our business, it’s not always easy for us to get away to the Chamber events, however our top tip would be to ensure you keep in touch with the team. Let them know what’s going on within your business as if there is a way, they will help support and promote.”