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Glasgow restaurant named best in Scotland at annual awards

A Glasgow restaurant has been named best in Scotland at the 2022 Scottish Bar & Pub Awards.

Published: September 2, 2022

The annual Scottish Bar & Pub Awards took place in Glasow at the end of August, and saw a range of businesses across the country win awards in categories such as best dog-friendly bar, best whisky bar and the best live music venue.

Glasgow businesses did very well, and one picked up the best restaurant in Scotland accolade - just nine months after opening.

Ga Ga in Partick, which was opened late last year and is owned by the team behind The Thornwood and Julie’s Kopitiam.

Posting about their awards on socials, the team said: “We won! BEST RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR! This is such a massive buzz for us in our first 9 months, it’s taken a lot of hard work and positivity from our magnificent team. Woke up with the biggest smiles on our faces today!”

Ga Ga serves an exciting South East Asian inspired menu drawn up by Julie Lin which draws on her in-depth knowledge of Asian cooking from her Malaysian mother, and is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Behind the bar there are creative cocktails and the restaurant is located in the former site of 6 Degrees North on Dumbarton Road.

The Scottish Bar & Pub Awards are Scotland’s longest running licensed trade awards, and celebrate the industry’s rising stars, community led initiatives and creative forces which drive the nation’s best venues.

Organiser Susan Young said: “It’s been another incredible year for the annual Scottish Bar and Pub Awards as we’ve recognised some of the most creative, hard-working and beloved venues in the country. Following a difficult few years for the licensed trade, it’s fantastic to see so many venues dedicate their time to staff training, inventive menus and new initiatives.”

Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s winners included Black Ivy for Antos Dog Friendly Pub of the Year, and beloved bar and restaurant The Huxley was recognised for exemplary service with the Aro Procurement Customer Service Award.

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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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