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SLTN awards 2011 review


Spirits Bar of the Year Sponsored by Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands

Winner: 56 North, Edinburgh Highly Commended: Bond No.9, Edinburgh Highly Commended: The Torridon, Achnasheen

Community Bar of the Year Sponsored by McEwan’s

Winner: Niki’s Lounge, Galashiels Highly Commended: The Kimberley Tavern, Glasgow Highly Commended: The Old Smiddy, Glasgow

Barperson of the Year Sponsored by Britvic Soft Drinks

Winner: Jamie Campbell, Arta, Glasgow Highly Commended: Marcita Copertino, Boteco do Brasil, Glasgow Highly Commended: Yvonne McKechnie, The Victoria Bar, Gourock

Beer Quality Award Sponsored by Tennent’s Lager

Winner: The Roseleaf Bar Café, Edinburgh Highly Commended: The Clockwork Beer Company, Glasgow Highly Commended: West Bar and Brewery, Glasgow

Late Night Venue of the Year Sponsored by Red Bull

Winner: The Arches, Glasgow Highly Commended: The Sub Club, Glasgow Highly Commended: Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Mixologist of the Year Sponsored by Pernod Ricard and Bar Nomadics

Winner: Andy Thompson, The Rutland, Edinburgh Highly Commended: Mal Spence, Blythswood Square, Glasgow Highly Commended: Lisa Tracey, The Corinthian Club, Glasgow

Social Responsibility Award Sponsored by Diageo Great Britain

Winner: The George Bar, Hamilton Highly Commended: Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel, Ayr Highly Commended: Bond No.9, Edinburgh

Award for Best Smoking Facilities Sponsored by Imperial Tobacco

Winner: Cheers, Fraserburgh Highly Commended: Elliots, Prestwick Highly Commended: The Rooftop Terrace at 29, Glasgow

Music Bar of the Year Sponsored by PRS for Music

Winner: Bar Bloc, Glasgow Highly Commended: The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh Highly Commended: The Twa Tams, Perth

Wine Award Sponsored by Forth Wines

Winner: Divino Enoteca, Edinburgh Highly Commended: The Clubhouse Bar and Grill, Gleneagles Highly Commended: The Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow

Cider Bar of the Year Sponsored by Bulmers

Winner: Bond No.9, Edinburgh Highly Commended: The Three Judges, Glasgow Highly Commended: The Solid Rock Cafe, Glasgow

Hotel of the Year Sponsored by Hallgarten Druitt

Winner: Blythswood Square, Glasgow Highly Commended: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow Highly Commended: Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh

Restaurant of the Year - £35 or over Sponsored by Bunnahabhain

Winner: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh Highly Commended: Knockinaam Lodge, Portpatrick

Restaurant of the Year - under £35 Sponsored by Bunnahabhain

Winner: Wedgwood the Restaurant Highly Commended: Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery, Glasgow

Independent Pub/Bar of the Year Sponsored by Kopparberg Cider

Winner: Moskito, Glasgow Highly Commended: Slouch, Glasgow Highly Commended: Treacle, Edinburgh

Pub Caterer of the Year Sponsored by Booker

Winner: The Roseleaf Bar Café, Edinburgh Highly Commended: Lounge, Largs Highly Commended: Stravaigin, Glasgow

Family Outlet of the Year Sponsored Coca-Cola Enterprises Scotland

Winner: Auchrannie, Arran Highly Commended: The Cockatoo, Dalkeith Highly Commended: The Waterside Bistro, Haddington

Licensee of the Year Sponsored by Wallaces Express

Winner: Neil Connolly, Moskito, Glasgow Highly Commended: Nicola McGuinness, No.2 Baker Street, Stirling Highly Commended: Alec Trousdale, The Queens Arms, Edinburgh

Champion of Industry Sponsored by Molson Coors

Winner: Scotts, Largs Highly Commended: The Corinthian Club, Glasgow Highly Commended: The Rutland, Edinburgh

Independent Multiple Operator of the Year Sponsored by Smirnoff

Winner: Buzzworks Holdings, Prestwick Highly Commended: Maclay Inns, Alloa Highly Commended: Vittoria Group, Edinburgh

Industry Achievement Sponsored by Maxxium UK

Winner: Steve Mallon, managing director, Maclay Inns November 24, 2011 - SLTN - 19

Denise dishes out the gongs

Trade celebrates as winners of 2011 SLTN Awards are announced, with Maclay boss Steve Mallon lifting Industry Achievement prize

2011 SLTN Awards had it all. There was even a deep sea diver on the dancefl oor. We know we’re biased, but we don’t think it’s stretching it too much to say the 16th SLTN Awards, which took place in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on November 3, was one of the best ever. The smiling faces of the 600-plus guests told us all we need to know. Not that we’re taking the credit for the success of the night. The SLTN Awards is nothing without the many fabulous people and venues who enter – the backbone of Scotland’s famous hospitality trade – and the sponsors who add so much to the atmosphere and theatre of the event.


The tone was set this year with the delicious array of cocktails served by Pernod Ricard and cool cider courtesy of Kopparberg before dinner. A range of other drinks suppliers, including Diageo, Forth Wines and Coca-Cola Enterprises, kept thirsts at bay throughout dinner and as the drama of the Awards unfolded. And when offi cial proceedings came to a close, the people behind The Kraken rum ensured the party carried on with delicious drinks and top tunes served up in the Belly of the Beast Bar – home of the offi cial SLTN Awards 2011 after party.

If our valued commercial partners

provided the stage for the party, the winners of the 21 awards presented on the night were the stars. Diffi cult though the current trading

environment is, the individuals who stepped up to collect awards from celebrity host Denise Van Outen, as

Denise Van Outen had the audience captivated as she announced the winners of the 2011 SLTN Awards. Steve Mallon said it was a “fantastic honour” to win the Industry Achievement Award.

well as our highly commended fi nalists, were a welcome reminder that the Scottish trade is still a breeding ground for personal and commercial success. That much was personifi ed by the winner of the 2011 Award for Industry Achievement, Steve Mallon, who has guided Maclay Inns to continuing prosperity despite some of the worst economic conditions in decades. Mallon, who switched the focus of Maclay from brewing, distribution and leasing to managed pubs after becoming managing director in 2001, admitted he was unsure of the secret of his success. But he did offer some words of advice to up and coming hospitality stars in the audience, urging them to avoid following the pack,

respect their competitors and to never accept that anything is impossible. “This is such an amazing honour – I

can’t quite believe it,” he said. “I’ve been to this dinner every year since I joined the licensed trade and never thought for a minute that one day I would be standing here accepting this award.” SLTN editor Scott Wright said the

Awards highlight the continuing importance of the trade to Scotland. “Thanks to factors like high tax rates, costly legislation and a lack of bank lending, it’s probably never been so hard to run a licensed business,” he said. “But the Awards show there is still much to celebrate in the Scottish hospitality industry.”

OCKTAILS, drama and a touch of west end musical glamour – the

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