It’s been a top scoring year for the 2018 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards with more than 3,000 nominations for bars and pubs received for the awards. This has made it a record year.
The public, and drinks company representatives, have been voting in their droves at the dedicated website and the first finalists are revealed, for the first time, below. They include Dog-Friendly, the Award for Success, Best Outside Area and Customer Service as well as the finalists for Social Media, Casual Dining, Whisky Bar of the year, Country Pub of the Year and the Pub Spy finalists. The remaining finalists will be announced next week.
Says organiser Susan Young, who publishes industry magazine DRAM, “Last year we had nearly 2,000- entries and this year that number has soared. We also had more people telling us why they were voting for their favourite bar or pub which has helped us whittle the entries down.”
She continues, “The standard of entry has been particularly high and in some categories instead of four finalists there are five. Now mystery shoppers will visit the nominated pubs, and judges, including myself, will be visiting the venues to ensure that the winners of the awards are ‘simply the best.’
The Awards list and finalists list are alphabetical.
Antos Dog Friendly Pub of the Year
The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle
Saint Lukes, Glasgow
The Stable Bar, Edinburgh
Siberia Vodka Bar, Aberdeen
The Wally Dug, Edinburgh
BII Award for Customer Service
John Carrigan’s, Blantyre
Lion & The Unicorn, Stirling
No 38, East Kilbride
The Old Mill Inn, Pitlochry
Buzzworks/Flow Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Jody Buchan and Sam Baxendale, Kin
Rachel Carpenter & Linden Wilkinson, Pop Up Geeks
Ryan Bowman, The Alpen Loge
Critics’ Choice Casual Dining Award
Lord of the Isle, Craobh Haven
The Swan Inn, Eaglesham
The West House, Dundee
Diageo Award for Social Responsibility and Community
William Grant & Sons Bar Apprentice 2018
Anastasia Mourgela, Hutchesons City Grill, Glasgow
Ellie Raeside, Candy Bar, Edinburgh
Frank Donnelly, The Raven, Glasgow
Kris Rose, Scotts, Troon
Liam Kemp, Draffens, Dundee
Luke Bryant, Copper Blossom, Edinburgh
Patrycja Olska, Finsbay Flatirons, Glasgow
Richard Jones, The Pear Tree, Edinburgh
Sanni Joseph, Pearce’s, Edinburgh
Sarah Nelson, Holyrood 9A, Edinburgh
The awards ceremony takes place on the 21st August 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow’s William Street.
Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists!