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Scottish businesses named as finalists in national Food and Travel Reader Awards

Published: January 13, 2021
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The six Scottish businesses named as finalists in the awards are: The Kitchin, Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Balgove Larder, The Peat Inn and Haar.

The Food and Travel Reader Awards were launched in 2011 to celebrate the world’s finest travel experiences.

Unlike many other industry awards, the Reader Awards finalists have been nominated by the public.

Balgove Larder is a finalist in the Specialist Retailer of the Year category, and its founder, Will Docker said: "Following a challenging year for so many hospitality and tourism businesses, it is so heartening to see Fife represented and be part of the global travel and food story.

"I’m delighted that Balgove Larder is named as a finalist but we also work with a number of local businesses who supply our café, farm shop and Steak Barn and it’s a testament to the skill and passion of every team member involved.”

Founded in 2010 and based just outside St Andrews in Fife, Balgove Larder has become a destination for locals and visitors alike, who are able to shop for the best Scottish food and drink from Fife and beyond.

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This includes seasonal produce direct from Balgove Larder’s own farms and award-winning meat prepared by their team of traditionally skilled butchers.

By converting former farm buildings, Balgove Larder now includes a Farm Shop, Steak Barn, Butchery, Flower Shed, Homestore and Café.

Although some aspects of the business have been limited by the coronavirus pandemic, Balgove Larder’s farm shop has remained open with an expanded delivery service and product range online for local and national delivery.

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie is Scotland's only two Michelin Star restaurant, while The Kitchin in Edinburgh and The Peat Inn in Fife hold one star.

Haar was opened in 2019 by Master chef finalist Dean Banks, who has adapted his business during lockdown by offering Haar cook at home kits.

Readers can pledge support by voting online in each of the categories and voting closes on 15 January.


Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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