We’ve always said here at Small City, that we have the very best restaurants and cafes in all of Scotland here in Perthshire and we were proved right last week when North Port, The Mexican, The Copper Beech Café and Fonab Brasserie scooped a host of top industry awards at the second annual Food Awards Scotland.
This classy black tie event acknowledges and celebrates the accomplishments, determination and hard work of various professionals, establishments and businesses from the Scottish food sector.
With over 350 attendees, the event brought together some of the most prominent and distinguished names in the Scottish food industry and we are delighted that four small city restaurants enjoyed such major success at this prestigious event.
The title of Traditional Scottish Restaurant of the Year went to the North Port Restaurant. Husband and wife team Andrew Moss and Karen Milne, took over the restaurant last summer. They create menus that work with the seasons, with Andrew and the kitchen team sourcing their ingredients from small, local growers, breeders, suppliers and foragers. They have proved to be a big hit with the discerning Perth foodie crowd offering set lunches, pre-theatre and a la carte evening meals packed full of flavour. We are delighted to see that all their hard work in this first year has paid off.
It was decided that the best Mexican food in the country is to be found at The Mexican on Atholl Street and we agree wholeheartedly! They specialise in creating great Mexican, Cajun and border town dishes which can be washed down with frozen margaritas.
The title of Cafe/Bistro of the Year, North East was well deserved by The Copper Beech Cafe at the Black Watch Castle and Museum. This café is fast becoming the place in Perth to visit whether you a coffee, snack, lunch or afternoon tea. Their mouth-watering dishes are prepared daily in their own kitchen from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
Last but not least, The Hotel Restaurant of the Year, North East went to Fonab Brasserie at Fonab Castle Hotel, Pitlochry. If you enjoy really good food in a relaxed atmosphere, you will agree completely that Fonab Brasserie is a well-deserved winner in this category. What’s more, it offers spectacular views over Loch Faskally, possibly one of Perthshire best places to see the changing autumn colours.
The awards are voted for by the Scottish public and the vast amount of nominations which were received from the public acknowledges that hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. Small City would like to congratulate all the winners and the finalists whose talents and dedication have been rightly recognised.
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