Finalists are announced for The Scottish Virtual Restaurant Awards 2021

The Scottish Virtual Restaurant Awards 2021 will be celebrated virtually on Wednesday 12 May.

With over 2,000 nominations received, the list with the finalists has now been complied.

The Covid-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for the restaurant industry with closed shops and various restrictions being in place.

However, there are restaurants and businesses that have successfully adapted to the new challenges the industry has faced since the pandemic started.

In recognition of this, the Awards will celebrate local heroes for their talent and commitment  to serving the country, promoting different cuisines and connecting the community through food and culture.

Some of the most loved restaurants in Scotland have been shortlisted in categories such as; Inspiring Restaurant of the Year, Restaurant Delivery of the Year and Front-Line Support Food Hero to name but a few.

Katarina Los, spokesperson for The Scottish Virtual Restaurant Awards said: “The virtual event will provide a platform for the restaurant owners to share their stories of how their business has navigated this unique and unprecedented year.

“We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck and we are looking forward to celebrating the winners with them.”

The finalists for The Scottish Virtual Restaurant Awards 2021 are:

1. Best Restaurant Transformation                             

Rock Diner and Aces (Kilmarnock)

Lemon & Thyme (Kelso)

Macgochans (Tobermory)

Birds and Bees (Stirling)

Stewart’s Bistro (Jedburgh)

2. Inspiring Restaurant of the Year                             

Dhoom – Indian Streatery (Dunfermline)

The Old Bakehouse (West Linton)

Madras Cafe (Glasgow)

Wedgwood the Restaurant (Edinburgh)

Rocca Restaurant (Hamilton)

3. Best Community Initiative                           

Taj Mahal (Biggar)

Carron to Mumbai (Stonehaven)

Struther Farmhouse Restaurant (Kilmarnock)

Pentland Sweets (Penicuik)

The Linden Inn Bar & Steakhouse (Stirling)

4. Social Media Campaign of the Year                        

Pepe’s Fish and Pizza Bar (Lesmahagow)

The Fleece Bar and Kitchen (Selkirk)

Bombay Lounge (Dalkieth)

Damasqino Restaurant (Glasgow)

Taj Mahal (Biggar)

5. Inspiring Takeaway of the Year                               

Shawarma King (Glasgow)

Aroma Coffee &Kitchen (Wishaw)

The Station Bistro (Carluke)

Slumdog delivered (Edinburgh)

#fish (Edinburgh)

6. Front Line Support Food Hero                                

Balance Bistro (Livingston)

Rice n Spicy (Glasgow)

The Mercat Grill (Whitecraig)

Spice Lounge Kitchen (Edinburgh)

The Roll Shop Polmadie (Glasgow)

7. Lockdown Team of the Year                                   

Nonna Gina’s (Glasgow)

The Anglers Inn (Guildtown)

The Battlefield Rest (Glasgow)

The Lairds Table (Fenwick)

Hug a Mug (Kirkcaldy)

8. 2020 New Restaurant of the Year                            

Cotto Via (Wishaw)

Bufalo Grill (Glasgow)

Hug a Mug (Kirkcaldy)

9. Restaurant Delivery of the Year                              

Motherland Spice (Saltcoats)

The Cove (Edinburgh)

Bensons Cafe (Glasgow)

Radicibus (Edinburgh)

Wee Cook (Carnoustie)

10. Takeaway Delivery of the Year                              

Cafe Shabaz Kebab House (Livingston)

Shish Mahal (Edinburgh)

Swadish (Glasgow)

Heera Indian Restaurant (Renfrew)

Curry Heights (Inverkeithing)

11. Best of Glasgow

1051 GWR (Glasgow)

Mozza (Glasgow)

Charcoals (Glasgow)

East Coffee Company   (Glasgow)

Eusebi Deli (Glasgow)

12. Best of Edinburgh

Kahani (Edinburgh)

Taisteal (Edinburgh)

Angels with Bagpipes (Edinburgh)

Soul Sushi (Edinburgh)

The Khukuri Nepalese Restaurant (Edinburgh)

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