60,000 votes were cast by the general public to whittle down the thousands of hopefuls into our handful of finalists in each of the 19 categories, this year including ‘Scotland’s favourite gay friendly venue" and ‘Scotland’s best burger’. It was then down to our panel of expert judges to visit and score each venue to give us the overall winner.
Michael Macfarlane, press coordinator for the awards feels this year’s winners "are a true representation of the Scottish hospitality sector". He added "we’ve got winners far and wide, from Paulo’s Italian in Galashiels winning Best Italian Cuisine, to the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, winning our new Best Wedding category".
"Lesley Ann McWirter, the judge for the wedding category was that impressed she has booked The Old Course for her own wedding next year."
Other big winners included Chaophraya Glasgow, who will walk away with ‘Best Asian Cuisine’ and ‘Best Mixologist’ and Purslane in Edinburgh being crowned "Scotland’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant".
A special ‘People’s Choice’ award was also be given to GiGi’s in Bonnyrigg.
The ceremony, presided over by Commonwealth Games host Des Clarke will see industry professionals from across Scotland come together to celebrate what has been an amazing year for Scotland
Britain’s got talent finalist Francine Lewis and leading musical theatre school Gamta provided entertainment along with a 16 piece big band and music from The Voice star Barbara Bryceland and Scottish boyband Rewind.
This year awards bosses were raising money for new charity partner the STV Appeal, and gave away a brand new car as part of the evening for the cause, Warren Paul CEO and founder of the awards is delighted to have been given the chance to work with "such a inspirations charity".
"This was our fourth year has been our biggest and best yet, from public engagement right through to what we have planned on the night. To be able to tie in with such a respected and worthwhile cause for me is what it’s all about."
Paramount Creative, the company behind the awards has now raised over £100,000 for charity and hopes to continue adding to that figure with The Italian Awards and The Icon Awards among others coming later this year.
Full List of 2015 Scottish Entertainment & Hospitality Awards Winners
People’s Choice Award - GiGis, Bonnyrigg
Scotland’s Most Romantic Getaway - Inverlochy Castle, Fort William
Scotland’s Best Asian Cuisine - Chaophraya, Glasgow
Scotland’s Best Marketing Team - Kyloe, Edinburgh
Scotland’s Pub of the Year - Malones, Edinburgh
Scotland’s Best Newcomer - The Scullery, Glasgow
Scotland’s Mixologist of the Year - Callum Davidson, Chaophraya, Glasgow
2nd Place - Iain Sanderson, Tiki Bar, Glasgow
3rd Place - Calvin Politi, Tonic, Edinburgh
Scotland’s Best Wedding Venue - Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
Scotland’s Favourite Family Day Out - Can You Escape, Edinburgh
Scotland’s Best Mediterranean - La Barca, Helenburgh
Scotland’s Best Italian Cuisine - Paolo’s Italian, Galashiels
Highly Commended - Gusto, Edinburgh
Scotland’s Best Indian Cuisine - Taj Mahal, Biggar
Scotland’s Best Independent Hotel - Auchrannie, Arran
Scotland’s Favourite Family Restaurant - Bar Aldos, Alloa
Scotland’s Best Live Entertainment Venue - Wild Cabaret, Glasgow
Scotland’s Best Burger - Alston Bar & Beef, Glasgow
Scotland’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant - Purslane, Edinburgh
Scotland’s Best Late Night Venue - Why Not, Edinburgh
Scotland’s Favourite Gay Friendly Venue - The Waterloo Bar, Glasgow