4 Scottish bars win big at national Pub of the Year Awards

The annual Pub and Bar of the Year Awards have been announced, with four Scottish pubs in the line-up.

Published 7th Sep 2021
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

The awards, which took place in London this week and were hosted by restaurant critic Grace Dent, celebrate and champion the UK pub and bar market.

There were 94 pubs and bars represented at the awards, each one having been previously announced as the best in their county.

From these, 15 regional winners were selected before Galvin Green Man in Essex was crowned the national winner.

The Scottish pubs winners were: The Plockton Hotel, Highlands, The Criterion, St Andrews, No.1 The Grange, Edinburgh and The Steamboat Inn, Dumfries.

This year’s National Pub & Bar Awards also saw five extra accolades handed out.

Pub Chef of the Year went to Simon Vickers of The Griffin in Dyfed; Havana Club’s Bartender of the Year was won by Joe Calvey of The Wiremill in Surrey; Walled City Brewery in Derry/Londonderry won Kegstar’s Taproom of the Year; JD Wetherspoon scooped Pub Brand of the Year, while The Alchemist was named Bar Brand of the Year, with both awards sponsored by Coca-Cola Europacific Partners.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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