A GASTROPUB run by celebrity chef Tom Kitchin has been praised for its outstanding service and food at an awards ceremony in London dubbed the industry’s “Oscars”.
The Scran & Scallie in Stockbridge was named pub of the year for Scotland at the AA Hospitality Awards 2015.
His Leith restaurant, The Kitchin, meanwhile, was awarded five AA rosettes, the only restaurant in Scotland to hold the accolade – and only one of 12 in the UK.
Philippe Nublat, director of food and beverage at the Scran & Scallie, launched by Mr Kitchin and Dominic Jack two years ago, said: “We’ve worked hard to prove that pub food can be done well.
“Our team has evolved, as have our menus but our passion for our From Nature to Plate ethos has remained and every menu we create showcases the very best seasonal produce we can get from our trusted suppliers.”
Mr Kitchin hailed his team. He said: “Being named pub of the year [in] Scotland for the Scran & Scallie, as well as being awarded five AA rosettes at The Kitchin, is a massive honour for us.
“I’m really proud of our whole team.”
The ceremony took place at the Grosvenor in London on Monday night, where The Rufflets Country House Hotel in St Andrews was named Scottish hotel of the year, while the title of Scottish restaurant of the year was awarded to The Gannet in Glasgow.
Meanwhile, the Scottish wine award was won by the Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow.
Sarah Middlemas of the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews was named housekeeper of the year.
All the winners will appear in the latest edition of the 2016 AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guides, which were launched at the event.
Simon Numphud, head of AA hotel services, said: “It is great to see the continuing strength and depth in particular in Scottish food.”
In August, the News told how Michelin-starred chef Mr Kitchin had swapped the kitchen for the bar by collaborating on his first craft beer.
The leading cook has teamed up with Isle of Skye Brewing Co to launch a premium ale called Yer Ben – in honour of his grandfather, Ben Robinson.
The product was born out of demand from diners at the Scran & Scallie.
And last year, he cooked up a treat for superstar ex-footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria during a private dinner held at Gilmerton House in North Berwick.