FOOD and drink businesses across the north of Scotland were celebrating last week after picking up top awards at the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards.
The Whitehouse Restaurant in Lochaline, Argyll, was named Restaurant of the Year, while Tomatin Distillery took the Best Drink Award for its Highland single malt and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival won the Excellence Award.
Other winners included the Kishorn Seafood Bar in Strathcarron, which was named Best Other Eatery, and sustainable seafood business Aquascot, which won the Healthier Food and Drink Award. Fellow seafood supplier, Lossie Seafoods of Buckie, scooped the Development of Export Markets Award, while Charlie Devin, formerly sales director and now a consultant with the company, was named Ambassador of the Year.
Quintin Stevens of the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink Awards said support for the scheme continues to grow.
“We have witnessed another challenging year within our industry, both economically and climatically, but have continued to remain innovative and positive – something that the Highlands and islands has always been extremely good at,” he said.