Scottish venues take AA awards

VENUES from across Scotland were honoured at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on September 26 in this year’s AA Hospitality Awards.
The ceremony saw four Scottish hotel restaurants gain multi-rosette status while the AA recognised a further four outlets north of the border with awards.
Winners on the night included The Ship Inn in Elie, Fife, which was named AA Pub of the Year for Scotland; Inver Restaurant in Strachur, Argyll, which picked up the AA Restaurant of the Year for Scotland; Cromlix in Dunblane was named AA Hotel of the
Year for Scotland; and Michelin-starred Edinburgh eatery The Kitchin nabbed the AA Wine Award for Scotland.
Scottish venues scoring multi-rosette status on the night were Number One at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, which gained four rosettes, and three-rossette venues Cromlix and Chez Roux, Dunblane; Ullinish Country Lodge, Straun, on the Isle of Skye; and Inverlochy Castle Hotel, Fort William.
Graham Bucknall of the Ship Inn, who picked up the pub of the year prize for the Elie venue two years after sister outlet the Bridge Inn at Ratho won the award, said he was “thrilled that this beautiful pub has been recognised with this award”.
“To receive the AA accolade is testament to the tremendous hard work done by so many people in an incredibly short period of time,” said Bucknall.
Wine award winner chef Tom Kitchin said he was “incredibly proud of the entire team” at The Kitchin.
“With so many great restaurants coming out of Scotland at the moment it means a lot for us to be recognised with this award,” said Kitchin.

The Ship Inn
The Ship Inn – AA Pub of the Year for Scotland