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32 Scottish pubs named as best in the country in National Pub & Bar of the Year Awards

Almost 100 pubs and bars across the UK - including 32 in Scotland - are celebrating after being named best in their respective counties.

Published: April 18, 2022

With consumer confidence on the rise and hospitality venues continuing their journey on the road to recovery, 94 pubs and bars across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have scooped a prestigious County Winner title as
part of the 2022 National Pub & Bar Awards.

From Clackmannanshire to Cornwall, these industry-leading operators will now be hoping to attract visitors from near and far off the back of their award wins, especially as the summer season looms.

The National Pub & Bar Awards aims to put exemplary on-trade businesses across the UK in the national spotlight, showcasing the hospitality industry’s diversity, creativity and vital importance to the UK economy.

The pubs, which have been selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories, will be officially crowned at a red carpet celebration at 30 Euston Square on Wednesday 22 June.

At the grand final, 15 Regional Winners will also be announced, as well as the esteemed accolade – the overall National
Pub & Bar of the Year, which was won by Galvin Green Man in Essex in 2021.

“Just from being out in these venues, you can see how much pubs and bars mean to people across the UK,” said Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which hosts the event.

“With visitor numbers increasing, it’s more important than ever for operators to deliver a standout service during every visit – no matter the business in question.

"These 94 County Winners are wonderful examples of the brilliance of today’s modern on-trade. If you live near one of
these sites, make sure you pay them a visit.”

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The Scottish winners are: The Plockton Hotel, The Inn at Torbrex, Macgochans Pub & Kitchen, Polochar Inn, Vic St Andrews, The Boat Inn, Aboyne, BrewDog Aberdeen, 3 Session Street, The Pitcairngreen Inn, The Drovers Inn, The Mash Tun, The Bobbing John, Fjara Cafe Bar, The Ferry Inn Orkney, Malones Edinburgh, Saltire West Lothian, Falkirk High Spirits, Traquair Arms, The Bonnie Badger, The Paper Mill, The Upstairs Bar at Ubiquitous Chip, Electric Bar, The Old Oak Inn, Fox and Hounds Houston, The Steamboat Inn, The Waterside Hotel, The Weston Ayrshire, South Ayrshire Souter's Inn, The Stables, The Cartvale, Great Scots' Bar, Cameron House and Nicolson's Bar & Kitchen.

The National Pub & Bar Awards is sponsored by Hellmann’s, Kegstar, Kingfisher, Knorr and St Pierre.

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 as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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