There’s no keeping a good industry down as Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2020 finalists revealed

The Scottish Bar & Pub Awards finalists represent Scottish Hospitality Industry excellence across the board as well as being beacons of its fighting spirit as pubs, bars and restaurants face the single worst crisis in living memory because of COVID-19.

With finalists from as far north as The Station Hotel in Aberlour, via Haddington’s Tyneside Tavern in the east and Macgochan’s on the Isle of Mull in the west, to The Townhead Hotel in Lockerbie in the south, this year’s extra-special ceremony will stream virtually for the first time in its 25-year history into Scotland’s pubs, bars and restaurants all being well on Tuesday 10th November.

There’s a full list of all the finalists below and as in previous years, 1000s of you nominated in the longest-running awards of its kind in Scotland.

The categories are as diverse as Antos Dog-Friendly Pub of the Year, BII Customer Service Award, Carling Community Pub of the Year, and Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Whisky Bar of the Year.

Then there’s the Cellar Trends Independent Pub Group of the Year gong and an award for Kopparberg Best and Most Improved Outside Area too. Our Sea Change Evolution Award winner will be recognised for its green credentials.

Deanston Whisky Guru of the Year is a brand new category this year, likewise COVID-19 Best Practice award, 2020 Licensed Trade Hero, and Employer of the Year –and these finalists will be revealed shortly.

Montpeliers and Buzzworks are on the hunt for Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year, the finalists for which are still being considered. The William Grant & Sons finalists Bar Apprentice of the Year are also yet to be announced and they’ll receive a mentoring programme in January 2021.

And not forgetting the coveted Sunday Mail Pub of the Year accolade too of course.

Recognising these shining stars has never been as crucial because as well as standards improving year on year sending out a clear message that these businesses continually strive for excellence, they also underline how much heart and soul the owners have invested in their businesses and how this is a career choice for the many thousands of highly skilled individuals they employ.

Said organiser and DRAM publisher Susan Young, “The Scottish public and sales reps and others have been voting for bars, pubs, restaurants, and hotels that they think deserve recognition. Mystery shoppers managed to get out and about before the current restrictions came about and about and social media channels are being scrutinised for positive reviews.

“It may be challenging circumstances but those in the trade who are operating to the best standards and practices deserve a huge pat on the back and our awards aim to recognise the endeavours that they have all made.”

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18th October 2020

For more information email susan@mediaworldltd.com

List of Finalists 

Antos Dog-Friendly Pub of the Year

Barras Art & Design , Glasgow

Brewhemia , Edinburgh

The Brig and the Barrel, Dunbar

Church on the Hill, Glasgow

The Douglas Arms, Dumfries

The Eagle Tavern, Prestwick

BII Customer Service award

The Auldhouse , East Kilbride

The Bank Cafe Bar, Glasgow

Buck’s Bar , Glasgow

The Corner House, Kilwinning

Roebank hotel, Beith

Siberia Bar & Grill, Aberdeen

Carling Community Pub of the Year

The Adamson Hotel, Public Bar, Crossford

Finsbay, Milngavie

The Hillend Tavern, Hillend

Hugo’s Cafe Bar, Dalgety Bay

The Townhead Hotel, Lockerbie

The West End Bar, Blantyre

Cellar Trends Independent Group of the Year

Buzzworks, Ayrshire

Caledonian Heritable, Edinburgh

The Corte Leisure Group, Edinburgh

Kilderkin Group , Edinburgh

Signature Pubs, Edinburgh

Cocktail Bar/Initiative of the Year

House of Gods, Edinburgh

The Cocktail Collective, Glasgow

Decanter, Edinburgh

The Gate, Glasgow

Deanston Whisky Guru of the Year

Rob Beaton, The Malt Room, Inverness

Emma Dunbar, The Station Hotel Bar, Aberlour

David Howie, Buzzworks, Ayrshire

Gillian Kirkland, The Piper Whisky Bar, Glasgow

Flora Grant/Marion Mckinnon, The Ardshiel Hotel, Campbeltown

Frank/Geraldine Murphy, The Pot Still, Glasgow

Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Whisky Bar of the Year

The Ardshiel Hotel, Campbeltown

The Craigellachie Hotel, Craigellachie

The Pot Still, Glasgow

The Piper Whisky Bar, Glasgow

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Glasgow

Scotch, Edinburgh

Kopparberg Best and Most Improved Outside Area

Angels, Uddingston

Cranside, Glasgow

The Fort, Broughty Ferry

The Brig & Barrel, Dunbar

Smiths, Ayr

Word up, Greenock

The Sea Change Evolution Award

Applecross Inn, Applecross

Buzzworks, Ayrshire

Du vin Bouchers, Linlithgow

Flatiron, Glasgow

Macgochan’s, Isle of Mull

Vesta, Edinburgh

Wee Guide Restaurant of the Year

Cafe St Honore, Edinburgh

The Cairn Lodge, Auchterarder

The Kirkton Inn Dalrymple

Two Fat Ladies, Glasgow

Sunday Mail Pub of the Year

The Black Bull, Moffat

The Brig & Barrel, Dunbar

The Piper Whisky Bar, Glasgow

The Pot Still, Glasgow

The Railway Tavern, Motherwell

The Smoking Goat, Ayr

The Swan, Eaglesham

The Thornwood, Glasgow

The Townhead Hotel, Lockerbie

The Tyneside Tavern, Haddington

Important Dates

Voting Opens April 2020
Voting Closes 14th September 2020
Judging September 2020
Award Ceremony 25th November 2020

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