Media Release: Shortlist announced for 2011 Highlands & Islands Restaurant of the Year Award

FIVE top-quality establishments in the Highlands and Islands have been shortlisted for the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Forum’s Restaurant of the Year Award.

One of ten awards being presented at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, the winner of Restaurant of the Year will be announced at a glittering award ceremony on Friday 21 October at Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.

The five shortlisted establishments are:

Name of establishment                                                   Location

Applecross Inn                                                             Applecross, Strathcarron, Ross-shire

Crannag Bistro                                                              Bonar Bridge, Sutherland

Creelers of Skye                                                            Broadford, Skye

Summer Isles Hotel                                                      Achiltibuie, Ross-shire

The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar                                   Oban, Argyll

Recognising excellence and achievement in the food and drink industry, the awards are supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

As well as the Restaurant of the Year, other award categories recognise healthier food and drink, innovation, new products, new businesses, and businesses working in collaboration with each other.

With strong competition amid a larger entry field than previous years, the shortlisted businesses and organisations demonstrate the top quality produce available across the area.

Quintin Stevens, co-chair of the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, said: “The restaurants shortlisted for the Restaurant of the Year have all shown that quality is the focus of their business.

“To have been shortlisted for the Award is already a fantastic achievement.

|The excellent produce and service available from these establishments is evidence of the quality standards being achieved by the Highland and Islands food and drink industry today.”

Iain Sutherland, senior development manager for Food and Drink at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “HIE is delighted to support these awards which each year celebrate the range of amazing individual people, businesses and products found across the region.

“The restaurant category, the last shortlist to be revealed before the event, is a great favourite with the wider public as it highlights the choice and quality of eating places available to visitors and locals alike.”

Hosted by BBC Scotland’s Catriona Shearer, the awards dinner will showcase delicious, quality food and drink from the region.

Tickets for the awards dinner are available by visiting or by telephoning 0845 838 2748.

More information on the awards is available at

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