Hotels, restaurants and bars in Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews have been praised for their outstanding service and food at an awards ceremony in London described as the industry’s “Oscars”.

The Scran and Scallie gastro pub in Edinburgh has been named Pub of the Year Scotland at the AA Hospitality Awards 2015, while the Rufflets Hotel in St Andrews was granted the title of Scottish hotel of the year.

The glittering ceremony took place at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, where winners were handed their awards by newsreader Fiona Bruce.

Picture: Scran & Scallie

Picture: Scran & Scallie

Meanwhile, the title of Scottish restaurant of the year was awarded to The Gannet in Glasgow and the Scottish wine award was won by the Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow. Sarah Middlemas of the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews was named housekeeper of the year.

Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin was also awarded 5 AA Rosettes, becoming the only restaurant in Scotland to hold the accolade – and only one of 12 in the UK. The Cellar in Anstruther and Cail Bruich Glasgow achieved three AA Rosettes each.

Philippe Nublat, director of food and beverage at the Scran and
Scallie, which was launched by chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack two years ago, said: “Over the past two and half years we’ve worked hard to prove that pub food can be done well. Our team has evolved since we opened, as have our menus but our passion for our From Nature to Plate ethos has remained and every menu we create at the pub showcases the very best seasonal produce we can get from our trusted suppliers.”

Mr Kitchin said: “Last night was a proud moment for us. Being named Pub of the Year – Scotland for The Scran & Scallie, as well as being awarded five AA rosettes at The Kitchin is a massive honour for us. I’m really proud of our whole team.”

All the winners will appear in the latest edition of the 2016 AA
Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guides which were launched at the event.

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