Awards season 2018 roundup: Celebrating the best in Scotland’s hospitality so far

by: | August 30th, 2018 | Ellis Mack Blog, Uncategorized

2018 has truly been a year to celebrate the best of Scottish hospitality. From the Scottish Hotel Awards (Edinburgh), to the CIS Excellence Awards (Glasgow) and Dram Scotland’s Scottish Bar and Pub Awards 2018 (Glasgow), we have been astounded by the quality of talent showcased throughout.

Here is our roundup of Scottish hospitality events so far.

The Scottish Hotel Awards 2018

It’s our second year sponsoring these awards, and we were once again astounded by the quality of talent showcased. Scotland’s hotels are continuing to up their game, serving up world class food and delivering the very essence of luxury, down to the last detail.

True winners in this industry offer guests an experience they’ll never forget. Hotels are more than just places to stay: they’re escapes, paradises, homes from home. They help us to create multi sensory memories- they’re the backdrop to once-in-a-lifetime trips, occasions and celebrations.

Hosted on 22 April at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa in Edinburgh, over 400 hospitality professionals attended the awards to recognise the achievements of their peers.

Dozens of hotels were awarded across categories like Fine Dining Hotel of the Year, Boutique Hotel of the Year and Family Hotel of the Year.

The Fellowship for Contribution to the Industry was awarded to Chef Jeff Bland of The Balmoral Hotel, and the most prestigious award of the night went to Trump Turnberry, who received the Scottish Hotel of the Year.

The Ellis Mack pop-up bar was a highlight again this year, with a speakeasy theme, serving up delicious cocktails from local bartenders. This year we also had a photo booth which gave guests a chance to show off their selfie skills.

Our Managing Director Chris Black was thankful for the chance to be sponsor the awards for the second year running:

“It’s great to see many of our clients and candidates receiving the recognition they deserve for all their hard work. The Ellis Mack speakeasy bar seemed to be well received (and attended!) Likewise, the photo booth. We look forward to continuing our partnership with SHA in 2019.”




CIS Excellence Awards 2018

Our involvement in the CIS Excellence Awards has grown over the past five years, so we were delighted to offer our sponsorship and support once again.

Launched in 2004, these awards recognise exceptionally high levels of creativity, innovation and excellence in the Scottish hospitality, catering and tourism sectors.

All types of established and emerging businesses and individuals are celebrated, from chefs, pubs, colleges and caterers to hotels, farm shops, food manufacturers, restaurants, software developers, local authorities, guest houses and tourism enterprises.

This year’s awards took place on 31 May at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow. Hosted by TV comedian Des Clarke and BBC Scotland’s Catriona Shearer, 500 guests gathered to celebrate the commitment, dedication and passion of Scottish hospitality businesses. One of the top accolades of the night went to Geoffrey Smeddle from the Peat Inn, St Andrews, who won the title of Chef of the Year.

Restaurant of the Year was awarded to the immensely popular The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye. Bill and Cath Costley, the formidable Ayrshire duo behind Costley & Costley Hotels, took home The Lifetime Achievement Award. Find the full list of winners –> here (link in white)

Our pop-up bar made a welcome appearance again, serving up two delicious options: a gin-based ‘Summer Hall Fruits’ and whisky-based ‘Take Your Medicine’. Both were designed by the crafty specialists at Glasgow’s own Liquid Academy.


2018 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards

It’s been a top scoring year for the 2018 Scottish Bar and Pub Awards with more than 3,000 nominations for bars and pubs received for the awards. This has made it a record year and we applaud everyone in the industry!

 “Last year we had nearly 2,000- entries and this year that number has soared. We also had more people telling us why they were voting for their favourite bar or pub which has helped us whittle the entries down.” – Susan Young, publisher at industry magazine DRAM

Young explained just how a number of mystery shoppers were appointed to visit the nominated pubs to ensure that the winners of the awards were “simply the best.” Winners of the awards leave a strong, positive impact in their local communities and for the food and beverage industry. This year’s event featured top awards such as the Dog Friendly Pub of the Year won by The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle, the Hotel Scotland Hotel Bar of the Year won by Black Ivy, Edinburgh, the DRAM Manager of the Year won by Caroline Wright, Jinty McGinty’s, Glasgow and so many more!


Interested in applying for next year’s awards? Find out more (links in white) at:

Scottish Bar and Pub Awards 

Scottish Hotel Awards

CIS Excellence Awards