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East Lothian Food & Drink Awards 2012

Published Wednesday 7th November 12

Food and Drink Award winners

Local producers, retailers and chefs celebrate culinary excellence

The seventh annual East Lothian Food and Drinks Awards dinner was held on Tuesday 6 November at the Macdonald Marine Hotel, North Berwick.

The event is part of an ongoing initiative led by East Lothian Council to establish the county as the leader in Scotland for quality food, drink and hospitality. Awards were made in a number of categories including best meal in a hotel, Bistro, pub, restaurant and café; best fine dining experience; best local supplier and local producer and commendations for customer care.

  Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: 

"Scotland is home to a fantastic array of magnificent produce and talented producers, and East Lothian is up there with the best - as these awards have clearly demonstrated.

"The awards have showcased the very best that East Lothian has to offer from fine dining and restaurants to bistros and cafes, as well as celebrating local producers and the chefs of tomorrow. These businesses are serving up a tasty treat to locals and visitors, as well as making a significant contribution to both the local and national economy."

 East Lothian's Economic Development spokesman, Cllr John McMillan, added: "

During the current challenging economic conditions it's clear that a successful business is one which recognises the importance of quality products and quality customer service. The Food and Drink awards recognise these qualities and provide a showcase for local companies to promote their businesses. The East Lothian economy is heavily reliant on both tourism and food production and this event will encourage both local residents and visitors to experience top fare in welcoming surroundings."

The event organisers thank the following sponsors for their support in sponsoring some of the prizes: Image Scotland, Thistly Cross Cider, PJ Design and East Lothian Life, Queen Margaret University, EDF Energy, Glenkinchie Distillery and Brodies of Musselburgh.

This year's winners are:  

  • BEST HOTEL MEAL             Sponsored by PJ Design & East Lothian Life
  • WINNER                            John Paul at the Macdonald Marine Hotel, North Berwick
  • RUNNER UP                       The Rocks, Dunbar
  • RUNNER UP                       The Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar
  • CUSTOMER CARE               John Paul at the Macdonald Marine Hotel, North Berwick       


  • WINNER                            The Avenue Restaurant at The Victoria Inn, Haddington
  • RUNNER UP                       The Castle Inn, Dirleton
  • CUSTOMER CARE               The Avenue Restaurant at The Victoria Inn, Haddington

BEST FINE DINING    (Sponsored by Image Scotland) 

  • WINNER                             La Potiniere, Gullane
  • RUNNER UP                        Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux, Muirfield
  • CUSTOMER CARE                La Potiniere, Gullane

BEST PUB MEAL         (Sponsored by Queen Margaret University)        

  • WINNER                            The Prestoungrange Gothenburg, Prestonpans
  • RUNNER UP                        Hopetoun Arms, Ormiston
  • CUSTOMER CARE               The Prestoungrange Gothenburg, Prestonpans            


  • WINNER                             The Creel Restaurant, Dunbar
  • RUNNER UP                        Haldanes Restaurant at The Linton Hotel
  • CUSTOMER CARE               Shish Mahal, Musselburgh  

BEST CAFÉ                (Sponsored by Brodies of Musselburgh)

  • WINNER                            The Food Hamper, Dunbar
  • RUNNER UP                       The Tea Room, Tranent 


  WINNER                                  Gosford Bothy Farm, Longniddry


MOST INNOVATIVE NEW PRODUCT (Sponsored by Scotland Food & Drink) 

  • WINNER                           Thistly Cross, Whisky Cider
  • RUNNER UP                      Belhaven Fruit Farm, IceDelight

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