Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2019: Edinburgh winners
83 Hanover Street; The Little Chartroom (credit: Isabel McCabe); Nauticus (credit: James Gourlay); Stuart McCluskey (credit: James Gourlay)
The List's annual food and drink award winners in Edinburgh include The Little Chartroom, Nauticus and Stuart McCluskey
The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide has announced the winners of its Eating & Drinking Awards for 2019.
With the publication of the guide's 26th annual edition, ten venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow have been highlighted by the reviewers, editors and readers of the guide as the most exciting and essential places of the past 12 months to discover great food and drink.
The long-established guide covers around 1000 restaurants, bars, cafés, street food vendors, food shops and food-linked experiences. The new edition features some 160 new arrivals on the scene from the past 12 months, and the awards highlight the best of these newcomers as well as celebrating the contribution of one or two individuals to Scotland's food and drink scene.
Five of the winners are based in Edinburgh (five more winners are based in Glasgow). A pocket-sized bistro halfway down Leith Walk, The Little Chartroom is clearly navigating its way to a bright future with its precise cooking and ever-changing seasonality. Also picking up an award is the innovative 83 Hanover Street, where Chilean flavours blend with Scottish produce to produce bright, bold plates in a sunny basement space, while Nauticus, a new bar near Leith Links, champions Scottish drinks and producers while working hard to create a community-oriented venue. Recognising ten years since the opening of The Bon Vivant on Thistle street, Stuart McCluskey picks up an award for his expanding operation which recently included Lady Libertine and the Register Club, proudly flying the flag for local operators in St Andrew Square.
Meanwhile, the annual Birra Moretti Readers' Awards saw thousands of readers voting online for their favourite dining venue in each city.
Topping the Edinburgh poll was Tapa, which has offered a casual take on Spanish food and wine in a converted warehouse in Leith's Shore area for the past decade. This year's runners-up were expanding local bakers Bross Bagels and the elegant Scots-Italian venue Contini George Street.
The 26th edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is available now from outlets including Waterstones, priced at £5.95, as well as direct from list.co.uk/shop.
Contini George Street
103 George Street,
Modern Italian cuisine in grand, elegant surroundings in the heart of Georgian Edinburgh.
The Bon Vivant
55 Thistle Street,
Atmospheric bar/restaurant in the New Town offering smart, stylish and flexible eating and drinking choices.
The Register Club
42 St Andrew Square,
On the fourth floor of The Edinburgh Grand, this cocktail bar evokes the atmosphere of a private members' club in a stunningly refurbished building.
25 West Register Street,
Two floors of music, cocktails, wine and food from the Bon Vivant family, all tucked into a beautifully preserved building in St Andrew Square.
The Little Chartroom
30–31 Albert Place,
Pocket-sized bistro serving French-Scottish cuisine from former Castle Terrace alumni Roberta Hall and Shaun McCarron.
105 Leith Walk,
Portobello's brilliant bagel bakery now has a story on Leith Walk for all your bagel needs.
19 Shore Place,
Stylish Spanish restaurant in a former warehouse offering flexible menus and adventurous food and drink pairings.
142 Duke Street, Leith,
A truly gorgeous makeover of a traditional boozer in a slightly un-loved part of Leith, offering creative cocktails based on the best of Scottish booze.