TOP presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness will take to the stage in Glasgow next week to host the 2016 SLTN Awards.
McGuinness will present the coveted corkscrew trophies to the very best people and places across Scotland’s licensed trade at the 21st annual SLTN Awards at the Hilton Glasgow on Thursday November 3.
The special preview here features all of this year’s finalists ahead of the glittering awards ceremony, which culminates with the presentation of the SLTN Award for Industry Achievement.
This year’s event will kick off with welcome drinks: Staropramen and Coors Light from Molson Coors; and a choice of two cocktails from William Grant & Sons and Barnomadics – a Reyka Wild Rosemary & Blackberry (Reyka vodka, blackberries, rosemary and tonic water) and a Glenfiddich Old Fashioned (Glenfiddich 15 year old Solera, syrup and bitters).
Glenfiddich brand ambassador Mark Thomson said: “The SLTN Awards is always a highlight in my calendar, celebrating the great and the good of Scottish hospitality and Glenfiddich is, of course, proud to support the SLTN Whisky Bar of the Year Award.
“We’ve chosen our 15 year old Solera Reserve for the night as it is a dram which appeals to many palates, be that as a neat serve or in a cocktail such as the Old Fashioned; it lends itself perfectly to the rich sweetness of this simple yet delicious drink.”
With dinner, there will be a selection of complimentary beers and soft drinks available from Tennent’s, Keith Brewery, Crabbie’s, Strathmore, Diageo, Britvic, Carlsberg and Magners; and wines supplied in association with Inverarity Morton.
Paddy McGuinness will then take to the stage to present trophies to the winners of more than 20 categories before the glittering awards ceremony culminates with the presentation of the Award for Industry Achievement.
And that’s not the end of the celebrations.
After the huge success of last year’s after party, Matthew Clark is once again hosting the Late Night Social, where guests will be able to sample a selection of brands and enjoy music from DJ Bobby Bluebell.
SLTN editor Gillian McKenzie said: “We are pulling out all the stops in this milestone 21st year of the SLTN Awards to honour some truly inspirational staff, operators and venues from across the country.
“The SLTN Awards has always been about recognising the very best in Scotland’s licensed trade and, in what remains a tough trading environment for many, the standard of entries this year was exceptional.
“Huge thanks to everyone who entered, our sponsors and independent judges, and congratulations to all of this year’s finalists; we look forward to seeing you at the SLTN Awards on November 3 for what promises to be a brilliant night!”