News of more prestigious awards in the hospitality industry reach the Artmag Culinary Arts team. Last month gongs were presented by both the AA and Michelin, with Scottish establishment up for the silverware. Glenapp Castle, the five-star Relais & Châteaux hotel in Ayrshire, was awarded a Michelin star. It is a notable achievement for head chef Matt Worswick, as he just turned 26 in August. The coveted Michelin star was Glenapp Castle’s third accolade in September. It was awarded three AA Rosettes as well as retaining its five Red Star Award at the AA British Hospitality Awards.
Meanwhile, in Edinburgh the Galvin Brasserie De Luxe at the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian hotel received a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Bib Gourmands recognise places which offer good food at affordable prices, something which Michelin-starred chef bothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have achieved with the help of executive chef Craig Sandle and head chef Fraser Allan, all pictured. The Caledonian’s Pompadour by Galvin picked up three AA Rosettes last month as well.
At the AA awards, Ondine, the Edinburgh seafood specialist was named Scottish Restaurant of the Year. The award comes as Ondine celebrates four years in business and follows on from other titles including Scottish Seafood Restaurant of the Year and Scottish Chef of the Year for proprietor Roy Brett. The title of Scottish Pub of the Year went to Scotland’s oldest inn, the Sheep Heid Inn, in Duddingston, Edinburgh and the overall Wine Award went to the capita’s Witchery by the Castle. Cringletie House in Peebles won the Scottish Hotel of the Year, while Bathgate-based Macdonald Hotels won the Hotel Group title.