Finalists announced for Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards

27 March 2015 by
Finalists announced for Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards

The finalists for this year's Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards have been announced.

The 18 awards seek to recognise excellence across the Scottish hospitality and entertainment industry, across categories as diverse as marketing, international cuisines, burgers, fine dining, pubs, wedding venues, and live music venues.

Nominees for the awards, which are now in their fourth year, include Edinburgh restaurant Purslane (Favourite Fine Dining Restaurant); the Redefine BDL hotel Scotland (Best Marketing Team), Chaophraya in both Glasgow and Edinburgh (Best Asian Cuisine) and Inverlochy Castle (Best Wedding Venue and Most Romantic Getaway).

The awards nominations are voted for by the public via online poll, which marked a new record this year with over 60,000 votes cast. The independent judging panel will then make the final decision from the shortlist.

Other categories include Best Burger, Favourite Gay Friendly Venue, and Best Family Restaurant. The 10 finalists for the Mixologist of the Year award will also compete at the Corinthian Club in Glasgow, judged by a team of professional judges, including managing director of the LA Group Scott Gemmell, and Michelin-level-trained chef Craig Grozier.

The competition will ask contestants to create a signature drink using Brugal's new old spiced rum, which is launching in Scotland this year. The mixology contest will take place on 30 March at the Corinthian Club in Glasgow, with the winner being announced at the overall awards final on April 19, held at the Thistle hotel Glasgow. Over 750 industry professionals are expected to attend.

The awards' chief executive Warren Paul said: "We've had huge public engagement especially in our newest categories. We're very excited to welcome some new blood to the competition from all over the country and reward the best of the best in the Scottish entertainment and hospitality sector."

Categories and finalists

Scotland's Best Marketing Team Katie's Bar (Glasgow)
Kyloe (Edinburgh)
Redefine BDL (Scotland)
Loch Lomond Shores (Loch Lomond)
Lounge (Largs)

Scotland's Best Burger The Coachman hotel (Kilsyth)
Bread Meats Bread (Glasgow)
Alston Bar & Beef (Glasgow)
Huxley (Edinburgh)
Burger Meats Bun (Glasgow)

Mixologist of the year Alex Lawrence (Orchid, Aberdeen)
Calvin Politi (Tonic, Edinburgh)
Callum Davidson (Chaophraya, Glasgow)
Emily Thomas (Katie's Bar, Glasgow)
Emma Andrews (Heads And Tales, Edinburgh)
Jamie Shields (Hummingbird, Glasgow)
Ian Sanderson (Tiki Bar, Glasgow)
Vincenzo Safonte (Mediterraneo)
Rob Webb (Gusto, Edinburgh)
Paul Anderson (Riding Room, Glasgow)

Scotland's Favourite Gay Friendly Venue Waterloo Bar (Glasgow)
Klozet (Dundee)
Cheerz (Aberdeen)
CC Blooms (Edinburgh)
Moor Park House hotel (Kilbirnie)

Scotland's Favourite Fine Dining Restaurant The Honours, Malmaison (Glasgow)
Wedgwood the Restaurant (Edinburgh)
Cail Bruich (Glasgow)
Purslane (Edinburgh)
Brian Maule (Glasgow)

Scotland's Favourite Independent Hotel Auchrannie (Arran)
Avonbridge hotel (Hamilton)
Alona Hotel (Motherwell)
Loch Leven hotel (Fort William)
Brunswick hotel (Glasgow)

Scotland's Best Wedding Venue Rosslea Hall House hotel (Helensburgh)
Shieldhill Castle hotel (Biggar)
Fasque House (Aberdeen)
Old Course hotel (St Andrews)
Inverlochy Castle (Fortwilliam)

Scotland's Best Newcomer Casa Russo (Glasgow)
Jam Jar Kitchens (Helensburgh)
The Anchor Line (Glasgow)
The Scullery (Glasgow)
Civerinos (Edinburgh)
Drygate (Glasgow)

Scotland's Best Asian Cuisine Chaophraya (Glasgow)
Chaophraya (Edinburgh)
Lychee Oriental (Glasgow)
Sapporo Teppanyaki (Glasgow)
Thairiffic (Glasgow)

Scotland's Best Family Restaurant Anatolia (Glasgow)
Gigi's (Bonnyrigg)
Rigatoni's (Edinburgh)
Room (Largs)
Bar Aldo's (Alloa)

Scotland's Best Indian Cuisine Anayas (Kilbirnie)
Taj Mahal (Biggar)
Nakodar Grill (Glasgow)
Mother India (Glasgow)
Shezan (Edinburgh)

Scotland's Pub of The Year The Brown Bull (Lochwinnoch)
Malones (Edinburgh)
Nicky-Tams (Stirling)
Waterloo Bar (Glasgow)
Sloans (Glasgow)

Scotland's Best Live Entertainment Venue Normandy hotel (Renfrew)
Malones (Edinburgh)
Wild Cabaret (Glasgow)
Riding Room (Glasgow)
Maggie Mays (Glasgow)

Scotland's Favourite Family Day Out Five Sisters Zoo (West Calder)
Landmark Adventure Park Inverness-shire)
Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre (Loch Lomond)
Snowfactor (Glasgow)
Can You Escape (Edinburgh)

Scotland's Most Romantic Getaway Rosslea Hall House hotel (Helensburgh)
Inverlochy Castle (Fort William)
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort (Dundee)
Ackergill Tower (Wick)
Kinnettles Castle (Forfar)

Scotland's Best Late Night Venue Why Not, (Edinbugh)
Chalky's Late Night Lounge (Edinburgh)
Wicked Lounge (Glasgow)
Light Nightclub (Glasgow)
The Howlin' Wolf (Glasgow)

Scotland's Favourite Mediterranean Cuisine La Barca (Helenburgh)
La Tasca (Glasgow)
Brutti Compadres (Glasgow)
Tapame (Edinburgh)
Anatolia chargrill (Glasgow)

Scotland's Best Italian Cuisine Paolo's Italian (Galashiels)
Gusto (Edinburgh)
Amarone (Edinburgh)
Amodo Mio (Falkirk)
Andiamo (Milngavie)

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