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Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2021 winners revealed

The great and the good of Scotland’s hospitality industry gathered for the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2021 last night (7th September) at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel with an after-party at The Radisson Red. Among the winners were Sandy Fraser of The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, who walked away with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while The Kings Arms in Fenwick was named Sunday Mail Pub of the Year.

Said Sandy Fraser, “I was completely taken by surprise, moved and humbled to get this award. It was a great night and Susan Young, as usual, brought it all together so incredibly well.

“The award reflects the input from my wife Lucy who’s been a great inspiration to me, and my kids, and I am delighted that they’ve followed me into hospitality. The Oak Tree Inn has enabled the family to work together and it’s great to see my kids fulfilling their ambitions.”

Showbiz journalist Bev Lyons compered the evening with entertainment throughout dinner from Roberto Enzo. Guests also enjoyed an after-party at The Radisson Red Sky Bar with Michael Kilkie and Jon Mancini, plus Guilty Pleasures.

DRAM publisher and Scottish Bar & Pub Awards organiser Susan Young said, “They were all such worthy winners and the standard was so incredibly high that I want to congratulate all the finalists too.

“It was wonderful seeing so many pub, bar, restaurant, and hotel owners having a night off with their staff and being honoured for steering their businesses through the pandemic as hospitality gradually gets back on its feet.

“The awards also allowed industry peers to catch up with one another, and for many, this was the first opportunity to do so in over 18 months. As well as individual excellence, the awards also demonstrated just how Scottish hospitality businesses pulled together and supported one another and continue to do so.”

Full list of Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2021 winners 

Lifetime Achievement

Sandy Fraser

Oak Tree Inn


Antos Dog Friendly Pub of the Year

Forth Inn, Aberfoyle

Best or Most Improved Outside Area sponsored by Kopparberg

The Buf, Prestwick

BII Customer Service Award

Siberia, Aberdeen

Buzzworks Montpeliers Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year

Billy Milligan



Carling Community Pub of the Year

The Palais


Deanston Whisky Guru of the Year

Derek Mather



Discarded Cocktail Bar of the Year



DRAM Sales Rep of the Year

Harry Olorunda

Halewood International


Social Media Award

Radisson Red


G&M Connoisseurs Choice

Whisky Bar of the Year

The Malt Room


WM Grant Bar Apprentice 2021

Alanna Beattie

Hillhead Book Club, Glasgow

Hospo Talent

Bar Manager of the Year

Tony Craig

Black Ivy, Edinburgh

Hotel Scotland

Charity Endeavour of the Year

Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group

DRAM Rising Star Award

Macmerry 300


Inverarity Morton

Restaurant of the Year

The Fox & Willow


Kopparberg New Bar of the Year


The Gailes Hotel


Molson Coors Evolution Award

The Fort

Broughty Ferry

Old Tom Gin 1821

Hotel Bar of the Year

The Cave Bar

Meldrum House Hotel


Open Ear Independent Pub Group of the Year

St Luke’s & the Winged Ox, Glasgow

SGL Inspirational Employee of the year

Scott Henderson

The Record Factory, Glasgow

Stolichnaya Award for Sustainability

Derby Lane, Glasgow

Sunday Mail Pub of the Year

The Kings Arms, Fenwick

Important Dates

Voting Opens June 2021
Voting Closes 15th July 2021
Judging August 2021
Award Ceremony 7th September 2021

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