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June 6, 2013
[The cream of Scotland's restaurant industry at the Scottish Restaurant Awards][1]
The cream of Scotland’s restaurant industry at the Scottish Restaurant Awards

The Scottish Restaurant Awards, held in association with The Daily Record and 5pm, took place in Edinburgh’s Ghillie Dhu on Tuesday and news of the winners is spreading rapidly.

The full list of winners was posted on the 5pm blog on Wednesday morning while today’s Daily Record carries an interview with the owners of Barley Bree and Andrew Radford of Timberyard, respective winners of the Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year awards.

Host Tam Cowan had reviewed Barley Bree previously and, despite a grumble about the toilets (now upgraded), loved the place. The state of the loos is always an issue in Tam’s reviews but you can read how much he liked everything else about the Perthshire restaurant here.

The Record also has a full photo gallery of all the winners.

Yatai Izakaya in Aberdeen and Bridge of Don’s Mains of Scotstown Lounge and Bar won the Best Oriental and Best Sustainable restaurant category. The Evening Express carries the news here. STV give more space to Yatai’s triumph here.

The East Lothian Courier noted the success of Osteria in North Berwick and The Waterside Bistro in Haddington here. Osteria took the Best Italian title while The Waterside Bistro won the Family Friendly award.

Mithas in Leith took the Best Indian Restaurant title for the second year in a row and The Edinburgh Reporter has a quick interview with the management here.

Over on the Scotland Food and Drink website, there is an interview with the owners of Glasgow’s Fish People Cafe, winners of the Best Seafood Restaurant. ‘We were truly delighted to win this award!’ exclaimed manager Graham Hamiliton.  ‘We originally opened as a fish and chip shop, then we became a fish shop with seats, and now we’re Seafood Restaurant of the Year!  Scottish seafood is so important to the restaurant industry in this country, and the quality ensures that we can serve our customers the very best. It’s great for Glasgow to have another seafood restaurant on the map and we’re all very proud of what we’ve achieved in a short time.’

[The Scottish Restaurant Award trophies waiting to be given out][20]
The Scottish Restaurant Award trophies waiting to be given out