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February 4, 2009

The Scottish Restaurant Awards 2009 took place in Kelvingrove Art Gallery last week. This was the second year in which the event has taken place and it was a bit like the restaurant scene’s version of the Oscars but with a few more drinks and a lot less crying when it came to the acceptance speeches. Nominees for the sixteen different categories came from users of 5pm who were also major sponsors of the event. From a shortlist of three in each category, the eventual winners were chosen by a panel of independent judges after they had made site visits to the restaurants.

Given the current economic climate, these are potentially chilly times for people in the restaurant trade. Fortunately, restaurateurs tend to be an optimistic bunch and the general mood seemed upbeat and defiant in the face of the credit crunch. Collecting the award for Newcomer of the Year, Ryan James of Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery spoke for many of his colleagues when he said that the situation was not as bad as some sectors of the media made out and that, in his experience, it was possible for restaurants to thrive in 2009. This got a huge cheer and at least half of the people present demonstrated that it was possible to clap enthusiastically with crossed fingers. Congratulations to all the winners who are listed below.

  • Italian Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by IPS Aloha

    Bella M’Briana, Edinburgh

  • Indian Restaurant of the Year

    Koolba, Glasgow

  • Oriental Restaurant of the Year

    Yatai, Aberdeen

  • Speciality Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by On Trade Scotland

    Two Sisters at East Haugh House Hotel, Pitlochry

  • Family Friendly Restaurant of the Year

    Wannaburger, Edinburgh

  • Chef of the Year – sponsored by Somerfield

    Martin Wishart/Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh

  • Fine Dining Experience of the Year – sponsored by Business 7

    Hotel Du Vin, Glasgow

  • Best Pub Grub of the Year – sponsored by Heinz

    Chinaskis, Glasgow

  • Hotel Restaurant of the Year

    Inverlochy House Hotel, Fort William

  • Best Customer Service of the Year

    63 Tay Street, Perth

  • Rural Restaurant of the Year

    The Kilberry Inn, Argyll

  • Urban Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Matthew Algie

    The Left Bank, Glasgow

  • Healthy Workplace Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Health at Work

    John Lewis / Partners Dining Room, Glasgow

  • Seafood Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Old Pulteney

    Grill @ Dakota Forth Bridge, Edinburgh

  • Newcomer of the Year – sponsored by Daily Record

    Two Fat Ladies at the Buttery, Glasgow

  • Scottish Restaurant of the Year

    The Kilberry Inn, Argyll

The full list of finalists is available here.