The Food Awards Scotland 2021 recognise the success of local professionals and establishments that continue delivering great flavours and experiences to their customers.
The winners are a true reflection of high standard and customer service, as they are chosen by members of the general public, who often have eclectic gastronomic tastes.
Several of the awards are split into local regions to ensure that local establishments from across the lavish country are recognised for their exceptional performance.
A Spokesperson for The Food Awards Scotland, said: “These awards aim to thank those that work hard within the country's food industry and contribute to making Scotland a great gastronomic place to visit.
“It is true that Scotland combines tastes and flavours from all over the world and the visitors can find different restaurants, gastro pubs and bistros to meet their needs.
“These people enhance the country’s reputation nationally and internationally, and we would like to make sure that the hard work of Scotland’s food professionals doesn’t go unnoticed.
“It was lovely to be part of this celebration and we would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their achievements!”
The winners of The Food Awards Scotland 2021 are:
Restaurant of the year, North - Fennel Restaurant, Inverurie
Restaurant of the year, Overall Winner - Fennel Restaurant, Inverurie
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CELEBRATE the taste of summer in Majestic Aberdeenshire where the food scene is putting the area on the map.
Every destination promotes their food and drink, but Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire really does have a unique offering that is attracting visitors.
Fans of surf and turf need look no further. The area is already famous for salmon fishing and Aberdeen Angus beef, as well as being home to Europe’s biggest white fish port in Peterhead and the largest shellfish port at Fraserburgh.
Long hours of sunshine and relatively low rainfall – the Cairngorms act as a natural rain barrier – also make for excellent growing conditions.
All of which has seen a boom in the food and drink offering.
But there’s also so many fantastic visitor attractions to enjoy in between each meal.
Aberdeen Art Gallery is the main visual arts exhibition space in the city and from 30 July the Viking-age treasure Galloway Hoard exhibition is coming to the gallery.
The Macduff Marine Aquarium is always a brilliant place to visit if you have kids as is Aberdeen Maritime Museum, for an insight into the industry that really has defined this area.
There’s also Farm Stop, an all-weather interactive farm experience for all ages just 10 minutes from Aberdeen.
For something completely different visit Vanilla Ink, in Banff, a not-for-profit silversmithing and jewellery school where you can book a session and take home your own creation.
There are so many food and drink experiences in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Here’s some you must not miss.
Highlights include dinner at Six by Nico or the Moonfish Cafe, both in Aberdeen, the Seafood Bothy in Stonehaven, Fennel Restaurant in Inverurie, Cocoa Ooze chocolate making in Aberdeen and for coffee and a browse through second hand books visit Books and Beans.
If you’re a gin fan visit the City of Aberdeen Distillery for tours and tasting and don’t miss Mackie’s 19.2, their first ice cream parlour - located in Marischal Square in Aberdeen – where you can enjoy over 20 flavours of ice cream and there are over 725,000 combinations of treats on offer.
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Fennel Restaurant is one of Inverurie’s best spots to enjoy local produce with a touch of class.
Owned by William Bird since opening in 2006, over the years the restaurant has evolved with changes in perceptions of modern dining.
Fennel elevates classic dishes and ingredients to a higher plateau whilst maintaining a homely, informal feel in its restaurant.
From locally caught haddock and chips to scallops with leek ash, Fennel’s chefs bring a modern twist to local produce throughout their menu.
Adapting to Covid-19 has also been key for the restaurant. It’s now open five days a week and has staff working four-day weeks, which William says has boosted the team’s productivity and morale.
Now, William is eager to reconnect with the restaurant’s loyal customer base after what’s been a torrid time for the hospitality industry.
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