Winners announced for WOW247 Food and Drink Awards (Scotland)
WOW247 Food & Drink Awards

The votes are in, and today we can reveal the winners of the WOW247 Food and Drink Awards for Scotland. After announcing the shortlist in June, the public have been voting in 12 categories, from Best Bar to Coolest Café.

So without further ado, here are the 2015 winners… Congratulations to all!

Best Bar

drygate

Winner – The Vintage at Drygate
85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT / website

What they said: “We are humbled to be named WOW 247’s ‘Bar of the Year’ and are incredibly grateful to everyone who has crossed our threshold during Drygate’s first year. The spirit of Drygate is fuelled by an all-encompassing desire to create, curate and collaborate. The Vintage is no exception – from regular tap takeovers with visiting guest breweries to our monthly Beer Club, we want everyone to call our bar and restaurant ‘home’ and join us on a journey from the everyday to the exceptional.”

What we said: “I sit down with my 2/3rds pint of Lagunitas Maximus (8.2%) and it is practically love at first sip. I’m standing at the gates of hoppy heaven and I’m most certainly a believer in Drygate.”

1st finalist – Bramble Bar
16A Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE / website

2nd finalist – O’Donoghues Irish Bar
56 Justice Mill Lane, Aberdeen AB11 6EP

Best Newcomer

jambo grill

Winner – Jambo Grill & Restaurant
169-173 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9PW / website

What they said: “On behalf of the Jambo Grill Family this is fantastic news – totally unexpected! Having moved our restaurant to Edinburgh in April this year – to be nominated in the best newcomer category a month later, was a huge honour, but to win it?- WOW just WOW – We are completely chuffed!. Our sincere gratitude goes to all our customers and supporters who voted. To you all we say, Asanteni Sana – Thank you all very much.”

1st finalist – The Boozy Cow
24 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1AU / website

2nd finalist – Drygate Brewing Company
85 Drygate, Glasgow, G4 0UT / website

Fine Dining

ox and finch

Winner – Ox and Finch
920 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G3 7TF / website

What they said: “We are delighted by how well Ox and Finch has been received by the public since opening in May 2014, it really has been beyond all expectations. It is great to win an award voted for by members of the dining public whom we strive to please every day.”

What we said: “This is fine dining for those who don’t do starched linens and stuffy waiters. Order up a selection of taster plates including roast pheasant with spiced bulgar wheat, hazelnut dukkah and pomegranate molasses or sea bass on shredded thai salad with chilli and peanut.”

1st Finalist – The Kitchin
78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6LX / website

2nd Finalist – Ubiquitous Chip
12 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ / website

Casual Dining

mosque kitchen

Winner – Mosque Kitchen
33 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9BX / website

What we said: “A favourite amongst students, The Mosque Kitchen offers a cheap, no frills curry experience. With canteen-like premises and sparse décor, this haunt is all about the authentic ingredients and getting back to basics.”

1st Finalist -Eat on the Green
Udny Green, Ellon, AB41 7RS / website

2nd Finalist – The Plockton Hotel
41 Harbour St, Plockton, Ross-Shire IV52 8TN / website

Traditional Bar

Allison Arms

Winner – The Allison Arms
720 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, G41 2AD

What they said: “It is with great pleasure that we receive this award and the recognition that it brings. Myself and the staff at the Allison Arms have worked hard to create something very special for Glasgow’s Southside, giving our clientele a unique experience within a traditional pub setting offering a vast and diverse range of craft and German beers as well as over 40 craft gins. We are more than delighted to have won Traditional Pub of the Year and would like to say a huge thanks to all who voted for us.”

What we said: “Step inside and you’ll find a cosy old U-shaped bar flanked by prettier décor. It’s a friendly place, well-stocked and a cut above the old man pubs and upmarket bars within walking distance”

1st finalist – The Stag
6 Crown St, Aberdeen AB11 6HB / website

2nd finalist – The State Bar
148-148A Holland St, Glasgow G2 4NG / website

Best Chain

Brewdog Glasgow

Winner – Brewdog
website

What we said: “Brewdog have turned the British brewing scene on its head,  inspiring a rash of imitators while maintaining their alternative attitude, even as they expand the empire. Offering everything from the original Punk IPA to the Dead Pony Club and 5AM Red ale, their bars around Scotland, the UK and beyond are reliably excellent places to sample a range of beers and catch up with friends.”

1st finalist – Five Guys
website

2nd finalist – Tony Macaroni
website

Best Street Food

babu-kitchen

Winner – Babu Bombay Street Kitchen
186 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 4RU / website

What we said: “Babu started life as a stall at farmers markets, festivals and other special events. Now, there’s a city centre cafe to take away the hassle – but that colourful stall still comes out on occasion. Forget tikka masala – here it’s about pau bhaji (the veggie version) and keema pau (limb mince) served up in a good Scottish Morton roll for scooping up. There’s yer fushion food – and it’s a wonderful thing.”

1st Finalist – Pinto Mexican Kitchen
138 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3BX / website

2nd Finalist – The Basement Bar
10a-12a Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RH / website

Best Takeaway

giovannis

Winner – Giovannis​
94 Northfield Broadway, Edinburgh, EH8 7RU / website

What they said: “On behalf of Giovannis family and team a massive thank you to all who voted us Best Takeaway. We couldn’t have done it without you our wonderful customers who many we are honoured to call friends”

1st Finalist – Wagamama Aberdeen
Union Square, Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 5RG / website

2nd Finalist – Martha’s
142A St Vincent St, Glasgow, G2 5LQ / website

Best Craft Beer

Brewdog

Winner – Brewdog
17 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1EB / website

What we said: “Scotland’s brewing scene is in rude health, with micro-breweries popping up alongside the more established names. Brewdog are leading the pack, however, with their spirit of innovation and immediately recognisable brand identity. Sure, they know how to pull off a publicity stunt, but the quality of the beer is all that really matters, and there’s a good reason why they’ve grown to 26 bars and over 300 employees in just eight years.”

1st Finalist – Loch Lomond Brewery
5, Lomond Industrial Estate, Alexandria G83 0TL / website

2nd Finalist – Williams Bros
Kelliebank, Alloa, FK10 1NU / website

​Speciality Bar

hanging-bat

Winner – The Hanging Bat
133 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9AB / website

What they said: “Naturally we are delighted. Thanks go to those who voted for us. Our staff put in so much effort to put us in the upper echelons of Edinburgh’s bar scene. However, we also have so much to thank our suppliers for as without their hard work and incredible produce it would be impossible for us to do what we do.”

What we said: “The Hanging Bat is famed for its decision not to serve beers in pints, believing in the philosophy that the beer they have is better to drink in smaller measures. But don’t let this put you off; along with a buzzing atmosphere, this craft beer haven has a wide choice of beers from across the UK and a great selection from the beer capital of the world, Belgium.”

1st Finalist – Inn Deep
445 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8HH / website

2nd Finalist – Flat 0/1
162 Bath St, Glasgow, Glasgow City G2 4TB / website

Coolest Cafe

glad cafe

Winner – The Glad Cafe
1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG / website

What they said: “It’s thanks to the combination of brilliant staff, good food, excellent music and great customers that we have earned this award. We’re all really pleased!”

What we said: “The Glad Cafe is essential to Glasgow’s Southside for a number of reasons: it’s at the forefront of the rejuvenation of the area’s culture, art and music scenes.”

1st Finalist – The City Cafe
19 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR / website

2nd Finalist – Smile Cafe
102 Queen Margaret Dr, Glasgow, G20 8NZ

Sweet Tooth

Mimi's Bakehouse

Winner – Mimi’s Bakehouse
63 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA / website

What they said: “Wow! We are super chuffed to win a Wow Food and Drink award particularly in in Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, we are proud to be Scottish and proud to be serving local produce to our wonderful customers. The Sweet Tooth category just makes it all the more special for us here at Mimi’s Bakehouse, a family business, our strap line is ‘It’s all about the cake’ so sweet is our bag! Thanks to all our wonderful customers and fans for voting for us, we hope to continue to wow you for years to come!”

What we said: “Their motto is “It’s all about the cake”, and who can argue with that? Relax in at Mimi’s award-winning café (the original Bakehouse) in Leith, or stop by the newer, more central Picnic Parlour on the Canongate for a takeaway taste sensation.”

1st Finalist – Nardini’s
2 Greenock Road, Largs, KA30 8NF / website

2nd Finalist – The Milk Barn
The Glen Farm, Glen Village, Falkirk FK1 3AA / website