The Scottish Thistle Awards Regional Finals for the Central, Fife & Tayside, and Lothian & Borders took place at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh on Thursday. These are recognised as Scotland’s top awards for the tourism industry and offer the opportunity to recognise those people who have made valuable contributions to the sector across the country. Prestonfield was the perfect venue and my thanks to all the staff who made it such a memorable event.
Out of more than 640 entries submitted across the categories, The Johnstons
of Elgin Regional Ambassador Award went to Wendy Barrie of Scottish Food Guide. Wendy was commended for the passion that she shows in her job and for using her business to sell Scotland. Director of Scottish Food Guide and Scottish Cheese Trail, Wendy is a chef and food writer specializing in food tourism, events, education and promotional activities highlighting artisan produce. She is a respected campaigner, Leader in Scotland for Slow Food Ark of Taste and Slow Food Chef Alliance Member.
“I am overwhelmed and delighted to have received this award in recognition of my efforts. I strive to offer a bespoke collaboration and love every minute of my job: the folk I meet and the produce I am lucky enough to taste! Scotland is a beautiful place to live and work with a bounty of produce, skilled chefs and stunning natural landscapes.
Thanks to everyone for their support and congratulations to all Thistle Winners”
Thistle Winners for Central, Fife & Tayside also included Thyme at Errichel Restaurant for CalMac Best Eating Experience (Paul & Becky pictured left with us) http://www.errichelhouseandrestaurant.co.uk
Winners for Lothian & Borders included Café St Honore for Caledonian MacBrayne Best Eating Experience http://www.cafesthonore.com
Congratulations to Tourism and Hospitality Hero Emma Clark, Glenegedale House, Islay at Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and a Nominee in the Scottish Rural Awards 2019 http://www.glenegedaleguesthouse.co.uk
Congratulations to Blackaddie Hotel for their Best Loved Hotels Award for the Best Hotel in Scotland 2018/19. Blackaddie will now go forward to the UK Finals. https://www.blackaddiehotel.co.uk
Sarah Heward, founder and owner of Real Food Café is an amazing person, and we’re delighted that her achievements have been recognised in the Woman & Home Magazine Amazing Women Awards. http://www.therealfoodcafe.com
Wilma Finlay of The Ethical Dairy won Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards Producer of the Year 2018 http://www.theethicaldairy.co.uk
Slow Food UK Awards were published this week with notable Scottish Winners…UK Person of Year – Selina Cairns of Errington’s Cheese.
Best Deli or Grocer –Eusebi http://eusebideli.com
Best Market – Edinburgh Farmer’s Market
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery– Cafe St Honore http://www.cafesthonore.com
Champion Slow Food Product – Lanark Blue Cheese http://www.erringtoncheese.co.uk
Scottish Food Guide will be hosting a Pavilion again at Gardening Scotland 2019. For Members wishing further information, please get in touch.
The Demijohn News – Hands up for a Christmas Hamper? Demijohn has created a new selection of about 30 hampers for Christmas. From traditional wicker baskets and beautifully simple wooden tantalus gift sets to much-loved Goody Bags contained within Demijohn Fair Trade Jute Shopping Bags.There is something for everyone, starting from about £20. https://www.demijohn.co.uk
Celebrate in Style at Cringletie – Whatever the occasion, any event is always made by having a cake! Book your celebration at Cringletie and they will arrange (for parties of 10 or more) a complimentary delicious cake from the one and only Cocoa Black. https://www.cringletie.com
At 63 Tay Street the festive menus start on 13th December and already filling with groups of friends and colleagues who have chosen great food over party poppers for their Christmas night / day out! Do please book quickly as certain dates are already full. http://www.63taystreet.com
Sheila Fleet is celebrating the start of the festive season with 10% off jewellery and rings until midnight on 26th November. Just enter WINTER10 during checkout at SheilaFleet.com. When visiting the Orkneys her restored Kirk Gallery & Café is absolutely wonderful.
Burts & The Townhouse Hotel Melrose is introducing Thistledo, their new 3 bedroom detached holiday property in Melrose Town Centre in a peaceful and tranquil location. Set in its own gardens at the rear of Burt’s Hotel it is only 2 mins walk to the picturesque Market Square with its abundance of interesting wonderful independent shops. https://www.burtshotel.co.uk
Café St Honore gets into the festive spirit with Neil’s canapé recipe, perfect for seasonal entertaining. Find out what’s happening at Café over the festive period, including how to order their delicious Christmas puddings. http://www.cafesthonore.com
Whitmuir Christmas cakes are curing, puddings are waiting, turkeys are enjoying themselves despite the cold and the Christmas database is taking shape! The Christmas Food order form is here and the link to the online form is here – please take aminute to browse and imagine what you might want to order. https://www.whitmuir.scot
Contini will save you the hassle of hosting a party at home and look after you. With three award-winning Edinburgh city centre restaurants there is something for all occasions. Great food and a warm welcome are what their reputation is based on and they pride ourselves on their relationship with their suppliers. “Buying direct from as many of Scotland’s small producers as we can allows us to showcase Scotland at its best throughout the seasons. We are delighted to be able to offer some fantastic seasonal private dining for parties of 10 to 165 guests.” https://www.contini.com
As Edinburgh sparkles with over a month of festivities, Prestonfield has much to tempt you from late November through to Hogmanay and beyond. With 18 large luxury rooms, 5 sumptuous suites, beds piled high with cushions, and all rooms with every modern convenience hidden behind silk and velvet upholstered walls! So Prestonfield! https://www.prestonfield.com
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree with Walkers Wobbly’s – a cute & tasty treat! https://www.walkersshortbread.com/uk/
Crinan Hotel– Throughout December 2018 and January & February 2019, a Classic room for bed & breakfast for 2 people costs £110 per night.The Seafood Bar will be open for lunches and dinner throughout most of December, January and February. The Winter Menu will be available from the beginning of January and this will include warming comfort food like steak and kidney pie and apple crumble. Check website for details and booking https://www.crinanhotel.com