Bars in Gretna Green and Glasgow among best in Scottish Hotel Awards

Champagne Central bar Glasgow

The winning bars have been announced as part of the annual Scottish Hotel Awards, with the Bar & Lounge at Smiths Hotel in Gretna Green named Scotland’s best hotel cocktail bar.

With categories across all aspects of the hotel industry, the awards were announced online via Facebook on Sunday (26 April) rather than the originally scheduled ceremony at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa.

The national award for best bar went to Champagne Central (pictured) at Grand Central Hotel Glasgow while Juniper at Hotel Indigo Edinburgh was named best gin bar. Another Edinburgh hotel, The Raeburn in Stockbridge, won the national Bar Diner Award.

Dornoch Castle Hotel in Sutherland picked up the award for best whisky bar while Glenfinnan House Hotel in Inverness-shire collected the national bar food award.

Winners of the awards’ People of Excellence categories included Grant Montgomery at Citizen M Glasgow who was named bar manager of the year.

Ruben Gonçalves at The Glasshouse in Edinburgh, home to The Snug bar, won the award for drinks specialist for the second year running, while Baba Restaurant and Bar at Kimpton Charlotte Square Edinburgh won best food and beverage team.

Full list of bar and restaurant awards

Cocktail Bar Award
National Winner: Bar & Lounge, Smiths Hotel, Gretna Green
Regional Winner (Central & Fife): Ghillies Bar, Dunkeld House Hotel

Gin Bar Award
National Winner: Juniper Bar, Hotel Indigo Edinburgh
Regional Winner (Highlands): Old Ferry Bar, Loch Leven Hotel

Whisky Bar Award
National Winner: Dornoch Castle Hotel, Sutherland
Regional Winner (Northeast): Douneside House, Aberdeenshire
Regional Winner (Edinburgh): The Snug, The Glasshouse

Bar Diner Award
National Winner: The Raeburn, Edinburgh
Regional Winner (Borders): The Abbey Bistro, Dryburgh Abbey Hotel
Regional Winner (Central & Fife): The Old Mill Inn, Pitlochry
Regional Winner (Glasgow): Bo & Birdy, Kimpton Blythswood Square, Glasgow
Regional Winner (Highlands): The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
Regional Winner (Islands): Glenisle Hotel, Isle of Arran

Bar of the Year
National Winner: Champagne Central, Grand Central Hotel Glasgow
Regional Winner (Central & Fife): Jigger Inn, Old Course Hotel & Spa, St Andrews

Bar Food Award
National Winner: Glenfinnan House Hotel, Inverness-shire
Regional Winner (Borders): The Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso
Regional Winner (Central & Fife): Fisherman’s Bar, East Haugh House Hotel, Pitlochry
Regional Winner (Edinburgh): Nor’ Loft, Market Street Hotel
Regional Winner (Glasgow): Pipers’ Tryst Hotel
Regional Winner (Islands): Seumas’ Bar, Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye

Drinks Specialist of the Year
National Winner: Ruben Gonçalves, The Glasshouse, Edinburgh

Bar Manager of the Year
National Winner: Grant Montgomery, Citizen M Glasgow

F&B Team of the Year
National Winner: Baba Restaurant and Bar, Kimpton Charlotte Square Edinburgh

F&B Individual of the Year
National Winner: Heather Nelson, Radstone Hotel, Lanarkshire

Restaurant Manager of the Year
National Winner: Willie Maltman, The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh
Regional Winners: Kirsti Davies, Carlton Hotel, Prestwick; and Gary Harding, Nira Caledonia & Natalie Davidson, Pipers’ Tryst Hotel, Glasgow

Restaurant Team of the Year
National Winner: La Bonne Auberge, Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland

For a full list of the winners across all the categories, click here.

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