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Issue 27 - 2006 Restaurants of the Year

Scotland Magazine Issue 27
June 2006


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2006 Restaurants of the Year

Scotland pioneered online voting as a way of registering nominations of approval (and otherwise) for the country’s hotels. The result was to become The Scottish Hotels of the Year Awards, and the third annual event has just taken place. Scotland Magazine was, of course, there in the midst of it all and we sponsored an award.

These now leading Scottish hotel awards, described as ‘Oscars-like’ in the Glasgow Herald newspaper, have unrivalled credibility in the industry thanks to this year’s record-breaking 23,373 votes, plus the involvement of a panel of expert judges and a year’s feedback by paying guests to organisers

April 23 saw the awards night party take place in the five-star RadissonSAS Glasgow.

Four hundred guests attended and enjoyed the ‘masquerade and music’ theme of the night.

There was opera and music from the musicals; a surprise appearance by Scottish rock band Solaris who recently appeared with Coldplay; and a ceilidh at the end of the night when the Belle Stars led the Scottish dancing. is where full results are now available to help you plan a Scottish visit including a winning hotel.

“I bring you greetings from Parliament and the Government of Scotland,” said presiding officer of parliament, Rt. Hon. George Reid MSP PC, as he opened the evening. Mr Reid also presented the top awards of the night including the ultimate Scottish Hotel of the Year 2006 title to the Summer Isles Hotel in Ross-shire.

“We were utterly thrilled to win,” said owner Gerry Irvine, “and we think that it is simply fantastic the way this event brings people together each year from across the country and highlights excellence in such depth.” The awards included the Scottish Hotel Chef of the Year 2006 award going to Ballathie House’s Kevin McGillivray; the Warm Welcome Award 2006 going to Montgreenan Mansion House in Ayrshire; the Scottish Hotel Group of the Year 2006 title which was won by Costley and Costley Hoteliers which is also Ayrshire-based.

Glasgow Hotel of the Year 2006 was One Devonshire Gardens (just acquired by Hotel du Vin) and the Edinburgh title went to Prestonfield.

The award for Romantic Hotel of the Year 2006 went to Ardanaiseig in Argyll.

Rocpool in Inverness won Boutique Hotel of the Year 2006.

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