THE top talents of the Scottish trade enjoyed a well-earned moment in the spotlight at the SLTN Awards last week.
Comedian Jimmy Carr was master of ceremonies at the event on November 2, handing out more than 20 trophies to operators from across Scotland in front of an audience of almost 700.
Shirley Spear OBE, co-founder of multi award-winning Isle of Skye restaurant The Three Chimneys, was presented with the top trophy on the night, the SLTN Award for Industry Achievement, in association with Maxxium UK.
Shirley founded The Three Chimneys with husband Eddie in 1984; it has since become one of the most celebrated restaurants in Scotland, putting Colbost on the north west of Skye firmly on the map as a culinary destination.
Alongside building her own business, she has worked tirelessly as a champion of Scottish food and drink, serving as chair of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Food Commission and helping establish Holyrood’s Good Food Nation initiative.
Shirley wasn’t the only individual honoured on the night.
Neil Morrison, owner of Macgochans in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, The Lochside in Bowmore on Islay and The Benleva in Drumnadrochit, was named Entrepreneur of the Year; Gregor Grant of The Bridge Inn in Peebles took the Bartender of the Year title; and Lachlan Rooney of Edinburgh bar The Voodoo Rooms was named Craft Spirits Enthusiast.
Other winners included The Pot Still in Glasgow, which was named Whisky Bar of the Year; Orchid in Aberdeen, which won Cocktail Bar of the Year; The Crofter Bar & Restaurant in Fort William, which took the award for Best Soft Drinks Offer; Sportsters in Falkirk, which was named Sports Bar of the Year; The Bridge Inn in Peebles, which won the Beer Quality Award; and Inverness bar and club Johnny Foxes & The Den, which took the Social Responsibility Award.
SLTN editor Gillian McKenzie said: “As another challenging year for the trade draws to a close, the SLTN Awards once again celebrated the incredible businesses and inspirational operators and staff that make the Scottish licensed trade so special.
“Pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels play a vital role in Scotland – as the heartbeat of communities, in providing a warm welcome to tourists and as major employers, and their importance must not be overlooked.
“Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists; they were the best of an exceptional crop of entries to this year’s SLTN Awards and represent the absolute top tier of Scottish hospitality.”
Winner: The Pot Still, Glasgow
Highly Commended: Ballygrant Inn & Restaurant, Islay; Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar and Shop, Edinburgh
Winner: Orchid, Aberdeen
Highly Commended: The Adamson, St Andrews; The Finnieston, Glasgow; Tonic Bar, Edinburgh
Winner: Distill, Glasgow
Highly Commended: Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn, Glasgow; The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Winner: The Crofter Bar & Restaurant, Fort William
Highly Commended: Charwood, Edinburgh; Monterey Jack’s, Perth
Winner: Inn Deep, Glasgow
Highly Commended: The Blue Blazer, Edinburgh; Shilling Brewing Company, Glasgow
Winner: The Bridge Inn, Peebles
Highly Commended: The Market Arms, Montrose; The Volunteer Arms, Uphall
Winner: Lachlan Rooney, The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: David Howie, Scott’s, Troon; Andy Keir, Bruach Bar & Restaurant, Broughty Ferry
Winner: The Finnieston, Glasgow
Highly Commended: The Jolly Botanist, Edinburgh; 56 North, Edinburgh
Winner: The Three Sisters, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: 7 Saints Bar & Burger Kitchen, Prestwick; The Blackbird, Edinburgh
Winner: Gregor Grant, The Bridge Inn, Peebles
Highly Commended: Becky Smith, Platform 3, Linlithgow; Nicole Sykes, The Voyage of Buck, Edinburgh
Winner: Jamie Moran, The Finnieston, Glasgow
Highly Commended: Nick Gordon, Orchid, Aberdeen; Ryan Mowat, Kelvingrove Café, Glasgow
Winner: Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or, Glasgow
Highly Commended: Lochgreen House Hotel, Troon
Winner: No.10 Bar & Restaurant, Aberdeen
Highly Commended: La Petite Mort, Edinburgh
Winner: Macgochans, Isle of Mull
Highly Commended: Johnny Foxes and The Den, Inverness; Bloc+, Glasgow
Winner: Chaakoo Bombay Café, Glasgow
Highly Commended: The Drugstore Social, Glasgow; Gin71, Glasgow
Winner: Sportsters, Falkirk
Highly Commended: Commercial Hotel, Wishaw; Old Schoolhouse, Aberdeen
Winner: The Howlin’ Wolf, Glasgow
Highly Commended: The Permit Room, Edinburgh; Soul, Aberdeen
Winner: Johnny Foxes & The Den, Inverness
Highly Commended: Fubar Nightclub, Stirling; Harlem Nightclub, Dunfermline
Winner: Why Not Nightclub, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: Fubar Nightclub, Stirling; The Sanctuary, Glasgow
Winner: Kained Holdings, Glasgow
Highly Commended: DRG (Di Maggio’s Restaurant Group), Glasgow; Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group, Howwood
Winner: Brian Fulton, Hold Fast Entertainment, Glasgow
Highly Commended: Virginie Brouard, Le Di-Vin Wine Bar, Edinburgh; Colin Hinds, Kilted Lobster & Rib-Aye Steakhouse, Edinburgh
Winner: Shirley Spear OBE, The Three Chimneys, Isle of Skye