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2010 Scottish Restaurant Award Winners

2966704641_f64ae547ccWhen some travelers think of dining in Scotland, they tend to oversimplify. Their minds go straight to the stereotypes: haggis, meat pies, and perhaps a lamb shank. Though these are all certainly present around the country, the restaurants of Scotland have come a long way, and now every major city and large town in Scotland has a wide variety of food options, from hearty pub food to genuine fine dining.

Each year, chooses the Scottish Restaurant Awards to recognize the finest the country has to offer in food. This year, one restaurant took two of the most prestigious awards, putting it head and shoulders above the rest. The Peat Inn won both Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year, putting it firmly on my to-do list the next time I find myself in Fife.

Edinburgh and Glasgow, always rivals, tend to be pretty evenly matched when it comes to food, and this year’s awards showed that parity between the cities. Edinburgh won four total awards: Best Fine Dining, Best Indian, Best Specialty, and nearest to my heart, Best Pub Grub. Glasgow finished just second with three awards, for Best Italian Restaurant, and Best Asian and Family-friendly fare.

Visitors to the Highlands have some great food to look forward to as well, as Inverness‘ own RocPool Reserve Hotel took the award for Best Newcomer Restaurant.

Here are all the winners:

Restaurant of the Year: The Peat Inn, Fife
Chef of the Year: Geoffrey Smeddle – The Peat Inn, Fife
Best Fine Dining Restaurant: Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh
Best Italian Restaurant: Osterio Piero, Glasgow
Best Indian Restaurant: Mother India, Edinburgh
Best Asian Restaurant: Nanakusa, Glasgow
Best Specialty Restaurant: Calistoga Central, Edinburgh
Best Family-friendly Restaurant: Di Maggios (West End), Glasgow
Best Pub Grub: The King’s Wark, Edinburgh
Best Hotel Restaurant: Ardeonaig Hotel & Restaurant, Perthshire
Best Rural Restaurant: Cail Bruich, Bridge of Weir
Best Urban Restaurant: Opus One Restaurant, Perth
Best Seafood Restaurant: Ondine Restaurant, Edinburgh
Best Newcomer Restaurant: Rocpool Reserve Hotel, Inverness
Best Healthy Workplace Restaurant: Eurest (Scottish Power)

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