Signature Pubs among winners at BII Scotland industry awards

Badger & Co Edinburgh

Signature Pubs, which operates leading bars in Edinburgh, and The Howlin’ Wolf in Glasgow are among winners in this year’s BII Scotland awards.

They were announced at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, hosted by STV presenter Jennifer Reoch, in front of an audience of over 400 people from Scotland’s licensed trade.

Signature Pubs was named Bar Operator of the Year for its 12 bars and restaurants such as Element, Badger & Co (pictured), The Basement Bar and The Huxley at The Rutland Hotel in Edinburgh and The West Port Bar & Kitchen in St Andrews.

This month, Signature Pubs expanded into west Scotland with the acquisition of Thistle Pub Company comprising Munros, The Raven and The Hope in Glasgow and The Wick in Prestwick as well as Clerk’s Bar in Edinburgh.

The Howlin’ Wolf, an award-winning destination for live music, beer and cocktails for the past two years, won the title of Late Night Operator of the Year.

Also in Glasgow, the award for Bar Personality of the Year went to John Russel from Blue Dog, a New York-style piano bar renowned for its live entertainment programme and excellent drink selection.

The title of Individual Licensee of the Year was won by Scott Padden, co-director of Jasco Pub Company which runs The Croft Bar & Restaurant in Croftfoot in Glasgow

The Grill, a traditional Aberdeen pub established in 1870, was named Whisky Bar of the Year for building up an internationally renowned whisky selection.

An award for Best Business Initiative went to Screach, a communication and entertainment platform that works through a bar’s existing TVs, linking into customers’ mobile phones and music.

Other winners were the hospitality industry-based Tennents Training Academy in Glasgow, Eusebi Deli in Glasgow, Tweedbank brewer Tempest and Section 33, a specialist pop-up restaurant operator from Glasgow.

Jo Graham, vice chairman of BII Scotland, said: “The standard of the finalists this year was exceptional and we hope that all those who got this far are very proud of their achievement. Congratulations to all the winners, who really deserved to be recognised for their hard work and dedication to the industry.”

Two special scholarships were launched at the ceremony to mark BII Scotland’s 30th anniversary celebrations, open to attendees or employees of attendees at the 2016 awards event.

The BII Scotland Lausanne Scholarship is a three-day hotel management development course at Lausanne in Switzerland, one of the world’s oldest hotel management courses.

The BII Scotland Gleneagles Scholarship is a three-day placement on service, standards and quality. Depending on the scholar, this could be delivered in the Michelin-starred Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles or a more informal environment.

The BII Scotland awards event was entirely not for profit, run by volunteers, and the charity partner for 2016 was Springboard UK.

Full list of 2016 award winners

Bar Operator of the Year, sponsored by Caledonian Brewery
Signature Pubs

Late Night Operator of the Year, sponsored by Securigroup
The Howlin’ Wolf, Glasgow

Best Business Initiative, sponsored by TLT LLP

Individual Licensee of the Year, sponsored by Molson Coors
Scott Padden of Jasco Pub Company for The Croft Bar & Restaurant in Glasgow

Scottish Training Award, sponsored by CPL Training
Tennents Training Academy

Food Operator of the Year, sponsored by JB Foods
Eusebi Deli, Glasgow

Scottish Brewery of the Year, sponsored by The Pot Still

Social Responsibility Award, sponsored by Best Bar None Scotland
Section 33

Whisky Bar of the Year, sponsored by Whisky Ambassador
The Grill, Aberdeen

Bar Personality of the Year, sponsored by Belhaven
John Russel from Blue Dog, Glasgow

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