It’s official: the best curry restaurant in Scotland is Akbar’s in Glasgow. That’s according to the Scottish Curry Awards 2014. Akbar’s is the first Scottish restaurant for the Yorkshire-based chain founded by Shabir Hussain (pictured with Rab Qureshi, Mohammed Imran and Dill Butt). The Sauchiehall Street eatery saw off the others on the shortlist, but we think they might also be worth checking out, so here they are: Echt Tandoori, Aberdeen; Coriander, Oban; Bombay Brasserie, Dunfermline; Akash Restaurant, Helensburgh; Shezan, Edinburgh. The curry awards – now in their seventh year – were announced at a glittering ceremony in Glasgow where £5,000 was raised for the event’s chosen charity, the Well Foundation. The Chef of the Year crown went to Matin Khan of Itihaas, in Dalkieth, the Curry King title went to Cook Gill of Cook & Indi’s World Buffet of Glasgow and a Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr Wali Uddin of Britannia Spice in Edinburgh.
Other major hospitality awards were announced in April including the Scottish Hotel Awards. They made headlines when tennis star Andy Murray’s Cromlix House lifted the hotel of the year title – within days of its official opening. A hotel that has long been a popular destination – the Forest Hills Hotel at Kinlochard in the Trossachs – lifted the Resort of the Year title, while the Aurora Hotel Collection (namely its Airth Castle near Alloa, Cairn Lodge in Auchterarder and Kenmore Luxury Lodges) collected a clutch of titles. The Perthshire holiday town of Crieff featured with the Hydro lifting Family Hotel of the Year and Knock Castle, the Romantic Hotel of the Year.