The fifth Scottish Restaurant Awards ceremony took place in Edinburgh's Ghillie Dhu last night, 5 June 2013, seeing FOUR magazine’s very own Craig Sandle, Head Chef of The Pompadour by Galvin, celebrate the restaurant being awarded Urban Restaurant of the Year!
Run by chef patron Fabrice Bouteloup and his wife Alison since 2007, The Barley Bree won the Restaurant of the Year category.
The panel also awarded Andrew Radford the Chef of the Year category for the forward-thinking vision which he has shown over the last quarter of a century. His latest venture is Timberyard which he opened with his family in Edinburgh in the summer of last year.
The winners of the thirteen different categories were selected from over 4000 nominations and whittled down by a panel which consisted of respected chefs, producers, sustainability experts, food writers and broadcasters.
The full list of winners is as follows:
SRA 2013 winners
Restaurant of the Year
Barley Bree at Muthill in Perthshire
Chef of the Year
Andrew Radford of Timberyard in Edinburgh
Best Italian Restaurant of the Year
North Berwick’s family-run Osteria delivers classic Italian dishes with an emphasis on seafood and has been among the finalists in this category before.
Best Indian Restaurant of the Year
The winner of this category last year, Mithas in Edinburgh’s Leith continues to change the perception of Indian restaurants in Scotland with its fine dining ethos.
Best Oriental Restaurant of the Year
Serving beautiful, contemporary, Japanese dishes, Aberdeen’s Yatai Izakaya won the Best Oriental Restaurant award at the very first Scottish Restaurant Awards in 2009 and has done it again this year.
Best Takeaway of the Year
Setting out to provide fast, natural food since opening in 2011, local provenance and seasonality have driven the success of Martha’s in Glasgow.
Best Family Friendly Restaurant of the Year
At The Waterside Bistro in Haddington, a secret toy cupboard; separate children’s menu and a selection of half-sized portions from the main menu keep both the adults and kids smiling.
Best Bar Food of the Year
An impressive drinks list a stylish, reclaimed bar and a menu which would give many full service restaurants a run for their money have claimed the prize for Glasgow’s new Kelvingrove Cafe.
Best Rural Restaurant of the Year
Scotland’s beautiful, seasonal produce and the French cooking techniques of chef patron Fabrice Bouteloup make a very effective alliance at Barley Bree, a family-run restaurant with rooms in Muthill, Perthshire.
Best Seafood Restaurant of the Year
Opened in 2012, Glasgow’s Fish People Café gets the very best produce from its suppliers – the restaurant is owned by the fishmonger next door.
Urban Restaurant of the Year
Led by Head Chef Craig Sandle, The Pompadour by Galvin delivers classic, high end French cuisine and has breathed new life into the Pompadour, the famous restaurant at Edinburgh’s Caledonian, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Sustainable Restaurant of the Year Award
The Mains of Scotstown Lounge and Bar in the Bridge of Don impressed with their strong sustainability credentials, local sourcing and engagement with suppliers as well as their involvement with the local community.
Best Use of Social Media
Hula Juice Bar in Edinburgh stood out for the natural way they used social media to update customers on new products and develop the inclusive identity and culture of the café.