32 Scottish pubs named as best in the country in national awards

Almost 100 venues across the country have won a National Pub & Bar Award - and a third are in Scotland.

Published 8th Apr 2024
Updated 8 th Apr 2024

Pubs and bars from across the UK are celebrating after being named the best in their respective counties.

The award wins are part of the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards, which each year crown nearly 100 County Winners from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, giving each site a platform to promote themselves and increase guest footfall from locals and visitors alike.

These  hospitality operators have demonstrated excellence across a number of elements that affect the customer journey, including design, service, style of offer, marketing and investment. 

The venues now have over two months in which to trade off their win, before making their way to the National Pub & Bar Awards grand final on 26 June.

Held in London, the final will welcome all 94 County Winners to come together and celebrate their achievements, before discovering which venues will go on to become Regional Winners.

The awards night will also crown the Pub Group of the Year, Bar Group of the Year, The Tyrrells Tyrrellbly Good Taste Award – presented by the event’s headline sponsor – and, finally, the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year.

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The Scottish winners in the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards

  • Beekies Neuk, Aberdeenshire
  • The Birkhill Inn, Angus
  • Macgochans, Argyll and Bute
  • The Tippling House, Aberdeen
  • Bertie Mooney's, Dundee
  • The Mansfield Arms, Clackmannanshire
  • Montagues, Fife
  • Ben Nevis Bar, Highland
  • Badenoch's, Moray
  • The Cross Inn, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)
  • The Ferry Inn, Orkney Islands
  • The Inn at Loch Tummel, Perth and Kinross
  • The Welcome Inn, Shetland Islands
  • King Cons, Stirling
  • Brewhemia, Edinburgh
  • Flight Club, Glasgow
  • Kenmuir Arms, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Hollybush Inn, East Ayrshire
  • The Stables, East Dunbartonshire
  • Broc Bar at The Bonnie Badger, East Lothian
  • Maxwell's, East Renfrewshire
  • Behind the Wall, Falkirk
  • One Bruce Street Bar & Kitchen, Inverclyde
  • Stewart Brewing Brewery Bar & Pizza Kitchen, Midlothian
  • The Carrick, North Ayrshire
  • The Electric Bar, North Lanarkshire
  • Craig Dhu, Renfrewshire
  • Cross Keys Inn Ettrickbridge, Scottish Borders
  • Vic’s, South Ayrshire
  • The Weavers, South Lanarkshire
  • Tullie Inn, West Dunbartonshire
  • Livingston Inn, West Lothian

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which runs the event said:“The fact that we had record entries for the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards tells us two things.

“One is how highly the industry regards these accolades, which is fantastic. But, also, it shows that more operators are in need of really positive and strong publicity to help drive business at the moment. 

“Pubs and bars are facing some of the biggest challenges in recent history, so if the National Pub & Bar Awards can help by lifting sales across these venues, then we’re delighted to play our part.”

The National Pub & Bar Awards 2024 is sponsored by Tyrrells, ICRTouch, Kerrymaid, Panasonic, Santa Maria and Sky Business. The full list of County Winners can be found below.

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The 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards County Winners

East Midlands

Derbyshire, The Railway, Belper

Leicestershire, The Forge Inn

Northamptonshire, The Tollemache Arms

Nottinghamshire, The Plough, Normanton

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Rutland, The Olive Branch

East of England

Essex, Galvin Green Man

Bedfordshire, The Crown, Henlow

Cambridgeshire, The Royal Oak, Hail Weston

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Hertfordshire, The Black Horse, Barnet

Norfolk, The Dabbling Duck

Suffolk, The Newbourne Fox


City of London, Mr Fogg's City Tavern

Greater London, The Audley Public House

North East

Durham, The Bay Horse, Hurworth

Northumberland, The Crown Inn Humshaugh

Tyne and Wear, NQ64

North West

Cheshire, Cholmondeley Arms

Cumbria, The Swan, Grasmere

Greater Manchester, BOX

Lancashire, Britannia Tap and Grill

Merseyside, Mean-Eyed Cat Bar

Northern Ireland

Antrim, Hearth

Armagh, Keegan's

Down, The Dirty Duck Alehouse

Fermanagh, Charlie's Bar

Derry/Londonderry, Blackbird

Tyrone, Tomneys

Northern Scotland

Aberdeenshire, Beekies Neuk

Angus, The Birkhill Inn

Argyll and Bute, Macgochans

City of Aberdeen, The Tippling House

City of Dundee, Bertie Mooney's

Clackmannanshire, The Mansfield Arms

Fife, Montagues

Highland, Ben Nevis Bar

Moray, Badenoch's

Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), The Cross Inn

Orkney Islands, The Ferry Inn

Perth and Kinross, The Inn at Loch Tummel

Shetland Islands, The Welcome Inn

Stirling, King Cons

Southern Scotland

City of Edinburgh, Brewhemia

City of Glasgow, Flight Club

Dumfries and Galloway, Kenmuir Arms

East Ayrshire, Hollybush Inn

East Dunbartonshire, The Stables

East Lothian, Broc Bar at The Bonnie Badger

East Renfrewshire, Maxwell's

Falkirk, Behind the Wall

Inverclyde, One Bruce Street Bar & Kitchen

Midlothian, Stewart Brewing Brewery Bar & Pizza Kitchen

North Ayrshire, The Carrick

North Lanarkshire, The Electric Bar

Renfrewshire, Craig Dhu

Scottish Borders, Cross Keys Inn Ettrickbridge

South Ayrshire, Vic’s

South Lanarkshire, The Weavers

West Dunbartonshire, Tullie Inn

West Lothian, Livingston Inn

South East

Berkshire, The Loch & The Tyne by Adam Handling

Buckinghamshire, The Journeyman

East Sussex, The Geese

Hampshire, The Mutton at Hazeley Heath

Isle of Wight, The Old Fort, Seaview

Kent, The Kings Arms, Elham

Oxfordshire, The Victoria Arms, Old Marston

Surrey, The Mill, Haslemere

West Sussex, The Three Moles

South West

Bristol, The All Inn

Cornwall, The Barley Sheaf, Gorran

Devon, Masons Arms

Dorset, The Pure Drop

Gloucestershire, The Bottle of Sauce

Somerset, The George Inn, Norton St. Philip

Wiltshire, The Methuen Arms


Clwyd, Mold Alehouse

Dyfed, White Hart Thatched Inn & Brewery

Gwent, The Goose and Cuckoo

Gwynedd, The Bull's Head Inn

Mid Glamorgan, The Old House 1147

Powys, The Sun Hotel

South Glamorgan, Hare & Hounds, Aberthin

West Glamorgan, Britannia Inn, Gower

West Midlands

Herefordshire, The Oak Inn Staplow

Shropshire, The Tally Ho Inn

Staffordshire, Fitzherbert Arms

Warwickshire, The House at Leamington Spa

West Midlands, The Tamworth Arms

Worcestershire, BMK Stourport

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Riding of Yorkshire, The Old Star, Kilham

Lincolnshire, The Red Cow, Fishtoft

North Yorkshire, The Harrogate Inn

South Yorkshire, Public

West Yorkshire, Call Lane Social

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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