Five Scottish restaurants have made the list at this year's National Restaurant Awards.

The winners of the annual Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards were announced in a ceremony in London, and five Scottish eateries were in the roundup.

Ondine in Edinburgh , which was named 49th best restaurant in the UK, won Best Restaurant in Scotland for the second year running, while Restaurateur of the Year went to Tom and Michaela Kitchin.

One of their restaurant’s, the Michelin starred The Kitchin came in at number 63, while Timberyard made number 68, The Little Chartroom number 79 and Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at number 83  also made it onto the prestigious list.

Chef Proprietor of Ondine, Roy Brett said: “It is a real honour for us to once again be named the Best Restaurant in Scotland at the National Restaurant Awards.

“As we celebrate a decade in business, it’s a very special year for us and to do so with our friends and peers in the industry makes it even more momentous.

“We’d like to a say a big thank you to all of our customers, friends and partners that have helped get Ondine to where it is today.”

National Restaurant Awards

Picture: Ondine

Organisers of the awards, Restaurant magazine said: “The quality of the fish and shellfish served at Roy Brett’s Edinburgh flagship Ondine is second to none.

“It’s therefore no surprise that the restaurant has become something of an institution in the Scottish capital. The sleek space accentuates a sense of both class and luxury that’s also felt in Brett’s cooking. A ‘proper seafood restaurant’ is how Brett describes his place and it’s hard to argue with him.”

Despite a huge number of London restaurant, this year actually saw the highest number located outside of the English capital, with 46 out of 100 on the list. Out of this there were 23 Scottish and Northern Irish restaurants named.

Moor Hall in Lancashire took the top spot. The Grade II listed restaurant with rooms, in Aughton, Lancashire, is overseen by chef-patron Mark Birchall and has built a strong reputation for its modern British cuisine using, where possible, produce grown on the five-acre estate.

To coincide with the awards, ‘National Restaurant Month’ will run from 11 June until 10 July, with many restaurants listed running special offers, including complimentary drinks, dishes and discounts for diners booking through the new website. In partnership with Estrella Damm, there will also be a competition to win ‘meals for two’ in the top 100 restaurants during this month.

The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards is Restaurant Magazine’s annual countdown of the top 100 restaurants in the UK as voted for by the UK’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and food writers.

James Healey, UK Country Manager for Estrella Damm, said: “As the authentic premium Mediterranean beer of Barcelona, brewed using only local and natural ingredients, we are proud to share our passion for brewing authenticity and integrity with the best restaurants in the UK, who share our devotion to quality and taste.

“Congratulations to all the 100 restaurants on the list – we look forward to seeing the chefs’ special menus for National Restaurant Month!”

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