SCOTLAND’S oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn, in Duddingston Village, Edinburgh, has won the AA Scottish Pub of the Year award for 2013-1014.
The industry gathered at the annual AA Hospitality Awards, hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy at the London Hilton on Park Lane, on Monday evening.
Among them, David Jardine, the general manager at The Sheep Heid Inn, who was understandably delighted.
“Great night, great accolade for everyone on the team ta the Sheep Heid and a great big thank you to everyone who dines and drinks with us,” he said.
“I thought we’d done very well to be nominated and it’s going to take a wee while to realise just how well we’ve done.”
Begins a spokesperson: “The AA Hospitality Awards draw on the expertise of the AA inspectorate and other industry professionals involved in the judging process.
“Winners are selected in recognition of excellence within their chosen category, and proving their dedication to raising industry standards and their guest and diner experiences.”
The AA accolade reads:
“The Sheep Heid Inn, dating back to 1360, is the oldest surviving public house in Scotland. After a fantastic refurbishment it is now known for delivering outstanding food in a comfortable and warm atmosphere making the Sheep Heid one of the most desirable places to dine in Edinburgh.”
There was also success for other Scottish businesses.
Cringletie House in Peebles won the Scottish Hotel of the Year; Scottish Restaurant of the Year was Ondine, and the overall Wine Award went to The Witchery by the Castle, also in Edinburgh.
Bathgate-based Macdonald Hotels won Hotel Group of the Year.
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