Edinburgh bar named Scotland's Pub of the Year 2017

A hugely popular bar in Edinburgh has been named as Pub of the Year Scotland at the AA Hospitality Awards.

Published 26th Sep 2017
Updated 20 th Sep 2023

The Bow Bar was chosen as Scotland's winner, following in the footsteps of the likes of WEST Brewery in Glasgow and last year's winner The Ship Inn in Elie, Fife.

The glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel celebrates the UK’s top hotels, restaurants, and pubs and the people behind them.

It also marks the release of the 2018 editions of the AA’s range of lifestyle guides; the AA Hotel Guide and AA Best Restaurants Guide.

The AA Pub of the Year Award, introduced in 2001, is the AA’s ultimate accolade for pubs in the UK.

Winners of this prestigious award stand out as truly excellent all-round pubs or inns.

They successfully combine the provision of enjoyable food, a great pub atmosphere and a warm welcome with a high standard of management.

Posting on the Awards website, the team behind the competition wrote: "If there is one free house that reflects the history and traditions of Edinburgh’s Old Town, it’s The Bow Bar."

The pub was commended for its excellent drinks offering, atmosphere and twice yearly beer festival.

Mike Smith, Manager of the Bow Bar, said: “Managing an independent bar allows for a lot more creativity, so we put a lot of energy into making a simple formula a success.

"To be recognised for these efforts is a real honour, and we are grateful to be named the ‘Best Pub in Scotland’.

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