Edinburgh’s first floating hotel Fingal sails into the GQ Food & Drink Awards shortlist

Edinburgh’s first floating hotel – a converted ship that's berthed in the historic Port of Leith – has been shortlisted for a top national food and drink award.

Thursday, 20th February 2020, 7:37 pm

Fingal, which was originally built in Glasgow in the 60s and was the sister vessel to the Royal Yacht Britannia, has been shortlisted in the prestigious ‘Best Hotel’ category as part of the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2020.

Transfromed following a £5 million makeover, courtesy of the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, Fingal has already reached the heights of TripAdvisor’s No.1 hotel in Edinburgh within six months of opening.

Open to non-residents for afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails, Fingal’s Lighthouse Bar features meticulously prepared dishes and drinks bursting with flavour, all using locally sourced or foraged ingredients.

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Fingal is berthed in Edinburgh’s historic Port of Leith. Picture: Fingal

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Fingal is shortlisted alongside prestigious names such as the Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London, and Coworth Park, Berkshire. It is the only Scottish nomination in the Best Hotel category, and one of only two Scottish establishments in the award categories.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 27th April 2020 and will be listed in GQ’s June edition. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges including Dylan Jones, GQ’s Editor-In-Chief, Edinburgh’s own Michelin-star chef, Tom Kitchin and revered restaurateur, Oliver Peyton.

At the time of its opening, a spokesperson for the team at The Royal Yacht Britannia said: “Fingal offers a world-class foodie destination on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront, with all the glamour and style of a superyacht but with an air of old-world Art Deco elegance.”

A former Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) tender, Fingal features 23 luxury cabins, each named after Stevenson lighthouses, and are inspired by Fingal’s rich maritime heritage. Fingal is described as the “ultimate in luxury accommodation and dining with a nautical twist”.

Head of Fingal, Andrew Thomson, said: “Featuring in such a high calibre UK shortlist for the Best Hotel is a wonderful way to celebrate the success of our first 12 months, and is a real testament to the outstanding service that the Fingal crew provide in ensuring that our guests have a truly world-class experience.”