By Stephanie Abbot
With almost 5,000 pubs and bars across Scotland, there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to enjoying your favourite tipple.
But if you want to know the best places to go in the UK then the National Pub and Bar Awards have just announced the 94 county winning pubs – and 32 of them are north of the border.
The winners are judged on overall retail excellence, best practice and individual entrepreneurship and the overall UK winner will be announced at a glitzy red carpet event in London on 23 May.
Scottish pubs on the shortlist include Dundee’s The West House where locals rave about tasty breakfasts and brunches, Pitlochry’s family owned Old Mill Inn and the German inspired West on The Green in Glasgow.
The full list of Scottish pubs in the National Pub & Bar Awards County Winners
Highland – The Plockton Hotel
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) – Westford Inn
Fife – St Andrews Brewing Co Brewpub
Aberdeenshire – The Redgarth
City of Aberdeen – Orchid
City of Dundee – The West House
Perth and Kinross – The Old Mill Inn
Angus – The Picture House
Moray – The Mosset Tavern
Clackmannanshire – The Old Brewery
Shetland Islands – Pier Head
Orkney Islands – The Ferry Inn
City of Edinburgh – Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen
West Lothian – The Torphichen Inn
Falkirk – Behind The Wall
Scottish Borders – The Craw Inn
East Lothian – Duck’s Inn
Midlothian – The Sun Inn
City of Glasgow – WEST On The Green
North Lanarkshire – The Electric Bar
South Lanarkshire – Inn on the Loch
Renfrewshire – The Houston Inn
Dumfries and Galloway – The Steamboat Inn
North Ayrshire – The Ship Inn
East Ayrshire – The Mill House
South Ayrshire – Scotts Troon
East Dunbartonshire – The Station
Argyll and Bute – The Drovers Inn
East Renfrewshire – Miller & Carter Newton Mearns
West Dunbartonshire – The Balloch House
Stirling – The Inn at Torbrex
Inverclyde – The James Watt
Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which runs the awards, said: “This positive, industry-boosting news comes at a time when closures of pubs and bars are too often focused on in the press.
“The sole purpose of the National Pub & Bar Awards is to tell as many people as possible about the incredible businesses that these County Winners are running.
“With 94 triumphant pubs on the winners’ list, chances are that every person in the UK will have an award-winning pub near them. Get out there and see these places for yourselves.”