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Inveraray’s George Hotel won the coveted Pub of the Year accolade and Hotel Bar of the Year at the 24th annual Scottish Bar and Pub Awards.
The event is the longest-established awards of its kind in Scotland.
Pub of the Year was in recognition of The George being the crème de la crème out of all the award winners on the night, while in the Hotel Bar of the Year category, The George beat off stiff competition from Dakota Hotel Glasgow, The Raeburn in Edinburgh and East Kilbride’s Torrance Hotel.
The George has been in the Clark family for 158 years and Chris Clark picked up the awards on the night – including a handsome mirror inscribed with the pub’s name.
Organiser and DRAM publisher Susan Young: ‘Pubs and bars in Scotland have an international reputation and it is easy to see why. This year’s honours went to pubs and bars that were voted for by customers and people in the trade, with a record number of nominations received.’
More than 500 of the industry’s movers and shakers attended the awards ceremony at Glasgow’s five-star Hilton Hotel.
Ms Young continued: ‘The latest industry data shows that pubs in Scotland directly employ 52,000 people and support another 15,000. Financially it contributes more than £1.5billion to the Scottish economy overall. The industry is very much at the heart of the Scottish economy and those that are embracing excellence and service deserve to be applauded.’