Thrilled to be crowned National Winners at VisitScotland’s Thistle Awards 2020 as the 'Best Informal Eating Experience'
During 35 years of working in catering and hospitality and over the course of this time attending many events, the Thistle Awards National Final 2020 was one of THE best nights of my career.
Fabulous event at the Edinburgh ICC organised by VisitScotland. The fact we won was a huge thrill and honour as this is an award we have wanted for some years and finally this year we triumphed…It just goes to show that perseverance can pay off.
This award is given to an informal eatery who offers great food and service and places the utmost importance of the provenance and sourcing of their food, using and promoting Scottish ingredients wherever possible. Take a look at our interactive map on our ‘suppliers’ page to learn more about our fabulous suppliers.
Very importantly, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our hard working team, fantastic great quality suppliers and of course our loyal customers. None of this happens without these groups of people and a lot of sustained hard work from our own team. THANK YOU ALL.
Finally, we believe its important to be able to substantiate our menu claims. One of the ways we do this is by belonging to various quality assurance schemes such as VisitScotland’s 'Taste Our Best' scheme along with membership of the Marine Stewardship Council’s 'Chain of Custody' which means we can use the blue ecolabel for the use of sustainable fish and seafood on our menus. Additionally, we are members of The Scotch Beef Club which means all our beef comes from Scottish Farm Assured Farms and is fully traceable.
Photos by Chris Watt Photography
Fresh from the beating heart of central London to tiny Tyndrum with huge pride!
We bagged the only award to come to Scotland this year when we picked up the NFFF Quality Award ‘Champion Award’ at The National Fish & Chip Awards 2020
What an event!
We were delighted that 6 of our management team were in attendance at the 600 strong Fish & Chip industry lunch organised by Seafish at the beautiful Royal Lancaster Hotel as we collected the trophy for this prestigious award. The judging panel is made up by our industry experts and leaders, so its tremendous for our motivation to be judged as the winners by this circle.
It was an opportunity for us to meet up with the nations Fish & Chip royalty, suppliers and old friends.
Winning an award like this is fantastic motivation for us all, our great quality suppliers and of course our loyal customers.
Its been a super start to 2020 but we don’t want to stop there….Onwards and Upwards!
@NationalFederdationofFishFryers #QualityAward @Seafish @FishnChipAwards @royallancaster
We would like to thank all our customers for their support and loyalty and wish you all the very best for 2020.
2020 – The Year of Anniversaries
We shall be holding events and competitions throughout the year to celebrate these achievements, so watch this space!
Answer….When you are the Real Food Café!
Fish and Chips are the life blood of the café. They are our obsession and so we are 'happy squared' to have got a double whammy in the National Fish and Chip Awards 2020 finals.
We are finalist in the Outstanding Food Service Operator which is an award that goes to a café, pub or hotel that not only knows about Fish & Chips inside out but is also renowned for selling top notch Fish & Chips.
Additionally, we are finalists in the National Federation of Fish Fryers Quality Award Holders Champion. Only businesses holding the award can apply to enter this category and it seeks to recognise the business that has gone above and beyond in every way to be a shining example of a Quality Award holder.
Roll on January when we go to London for the finals…..
Its very exciting!!
We are over the moon to have been judged as the winners of the Regional Final in the fabulous VisitScotland #ThistleAwards which means we now go forward to the National Finals to be held in March 2020 in Edinburgh.
15 years ago when we opened the café, you could eat really well in Scotland but it was very expensive to do so. We wanted to try and change that and make our menu far more accessible.
Over recent years we have seen the Informal Eating Out scene in Scotland develop hugely and we are honoured to have been judged to be at the leading edge of this crucial sector within Scottish hospitality.
Our use and promotion of Scottish Ingredients and marketing the wonderful foods Scotland has to offer in the café has played a major part in our success as a business and in this competition.
On this subject, we recently carried out some customer market research, gathering over 600 responses. One of the questions that was answered most positively was with regard to customers valuing Scottish ingredients on the menu and a massive +80% said this effected their choice of place to eat out.
What a privilege and pleasure to have once again made the cut as regional finalists of the @VisitScotland #ThistleAwards 2019
This award recognises informal eateries that offer locally and sustainably sourced, well-made affordable food in a relaxed atmosphere.
Over recent years, the informal dining sector of the Scottish eating out scene has grown rapidly and as a result the bar, in terms of standards has been set far higher! This has resulted in more and stiffer competition for ourselves in these awards but most importantly a far better range of affordable options for the many thousands of tourists and visitors to Scotland, which is of course a great thing for Scottish Tourism.
We will attend a ceremony towards the end of November when we will find out if we have progressed to the National Finals, so please keep your fingers and toes crossed for us! We hope this year will be our year!
None of this would be possible without our fantastic and hard working team, our top quality and collaborative suppliers and of course, you our loyal customers.
Thank you to everyone involved.