Staff at Broughty Ferry’s Fort Hotel are “absolutely delighted” after picking up a major award for the second year running in the national licensed trade ‘Oscars’.
The Fort scooped the Scottish Licensed Trade News (SLTN) award for social responsibility at a ceremony in the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.
Strictly Come Dancing star Tess Daly announced the winners of the 15th annual SLTN awards, presenting the prize to Fort Hotel owner John Black.
Mr Black said, “We’re absolutely delighted. To win it two years running is quite unusual for any of the awards.”
Mr Black was also highly commended in the licensee of the year award, as was Joanne Hardy, of the Tayside Hotel, Perthshire.
The Fort was one of three Dundee businesses recognised on the night, along with The Speedwell Bar, which was highly commended in the beer quality award category, and Duke’s Corner, which received the same standard in the cider bar of the year section.
Fife also had a successful night, with two winners and one highly commended award.
The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St Andrews was named hotel of the year, and the Peat Inn, near Cupar, was best restaurant (over £35).
The Rocca Bar & Grill in St Andrews was highly commended in the new business of the year category.
Also celebrating a commendation was The Market Arms in Montrose, in the beer quality category.
A record 23 awards were presented before an audience of 700 as SLTN applauded excellence across a range of bar, restaurant and hotel operations.