The leading lights in Scotland’s licensed trade enjoyed their well-deserved moment in the spotlight at this year’s SLTN Awards.
Comedian Jimmy Carr presented awards to 20 of Scotland’s best pubs, clubs, restaurants, staff and operators at the 20th SLTN Awards at the Hilton Glasgow last Thursday (November 5).
Donald MacLeod, who owns Glasgow rock club the Cathouse and student venue The Garage, which celebrated their 25th and 21st birthdays this year, was presented with the
Industry Achievement Award, in association with Maxxium UK.
Accepting the award, Donald said: “It means a lot to me to be recognised by my peers.
“I want to thank everybody that has helped put me in the position that I am today; all my staff, my managers, and then of course my family and friends.
“I’ll say to anybody out there that doesn’t think this is an industry worth fighting for, ‘you’re wrong’.”
Donald wasn’t the only individual recognised on the night.
Carris Donaldson of The Bridge Inn in Peebles was named Bartender of the Year; Liz Ferguson of The Lock Inn in Fort Augustus took the title of Licensee of the Year; the award for Mixologist of the Year went to Andy Stewart of The Tippling House in Aberdeen; and Lisa Smith of Platform 3 in Linlithgow was named this year’s Unsung Hero.
Other winners included Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group, which was named Independent Multiple Operator of the Year; Glasgow’s Sub Club, which took the title of Nightclub of the Year; The Institute Nightclub in Aberdeen, which won the Social Responsibility Award; The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha, which was named Independent Pub of the Year; and Falkirk bar Sportsters, winner of the Sports Bar of the Year award.
The Bon Accord in Glasgow was named Whisky Bar of the Year; Wedgwood The Restaurant in Edinburgh took the Wine Award; the Community Pub of the Year Award went to The Allison Arms in Strathbungo; The Hanging Bat in Edinburgh took the Craft Beer Award; the Beer Quality Award went to Johnny Foxes in Inverness; Edinburgh’s Sygn Bar & Kitchen was named Cocktail Bar of the Year; 29 in Glasgow took the award for Best Outdoor Area; Charwood in Edinburgh was named Family Outlet of the Year; and the Late Night Bar award went to Slouch in Glasgow. Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or in Glasgow was named Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year, while fellow Glasgow eatery The Gannet took the Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year Award.
Winner: The Bon Accord, Glasgow
Highly commended: The Pot Still, Glasgow; The Quaich at the Craigellachie, Aberlour
Winner: Wedgwood The Restaurant, Edinburgh
Highly commended: Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow; The Horseshoe, Eddleston, by Peebles
Winner: The Allison Arms, Glasgow
Highly commended: The Bridge Inn, Peebles; Platform 3, Linlithgow
Winner: Carris Donaldson, The Bridge Inn, Peebles
Highly commended: Justyna Baszczynska, Gosford Bar at The Victoria Park House Hotel, Edinburgh; Adam Pender, Montpeliers of Bruntsfield, Edinburgh
Winner: The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh
Highly commended: Brewdog, Dundee; The Crafty Pig, Glasgow
Winner: Johnny Foxes, Inverness
Highly commended: No.1 High Street, Edinburgh; Winstons, Corstorphine, Edinburgh
Winner: Sygn Bar & Kitchen, Edinburgh
Highly commended: The Adamson, St Andrews; The Finnieston, Glasgow
Winner: Andy Stewart, The Tippling House, Aberdeen
Highly commended: Miran Chauhan, The Bon Vivant, Edinburgh; Andy Thompson, The Huxley, Edinburgh
Winner: 29 Private Members Club, Glasgow
Highly commended: Guild of Foresters, Edinburgh; Victoria Park House Hotel, Edinburgh
Winner: Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or, Glasgow
Highly commended: Number One at The Balmoral, Edinburgh
Winner: The Gannet, Glasgow
Highly commended: The Whitehouse Restaurant, Lochaline
Winner: The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha
Highly commended: 10 Café Bar, Forfar; The Paper Mill, Lasswade
Winner: The Institute Nightclub, Aberdeen
Highly commended: Maggie May’s, Glasgow; Campus, Glasgow
Winner: Charwood, Edinburgh
Highly commended: Di Maggio’s City Centre, Glasgow; West Brewery, Bar and Restaurant, Glasgow
Winner: Slouch, Glasgow
Highly commended: Blue Dog, Glasgow; Orchid, Aberdeen
Winner: Sportsters, Falkirk
Highly commended: The Crafty Pig, Glasgow; Rhoderick Dhu, Glasgow
Winner: Sub Club, Glasgow
Highly commended: Why Not Nightclub, Edinburgh; Live Lounge at The Commercial Hotel, Wishaw
Winner: Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group
Highly commended: Kained Holdings; The Signature Pub Group
Winner: Liz Ferguson, The Lock Inn, Fort Augustus
Highly commended: Gerry Savage, The Burnbrae, Bearsden; Barbara Steele, The Allison Arms, Glasgow
Winner: Lisa Smith, Platform 3, Linlithgow
Highly commended: Susan Wallace, The Bankfoot Inn, Bankfoot; Iain & Katie McLaren, The Kimberley Tavern, Glasgow