The List Eating & Drinking Guide Awards for 2013 announced

Winners of the annual Best Newcomer Awards in Glasgow and Edinburgh

The List Eating & Drinking Guide Awards for 2013 announced

The List Eating & Drinking Guide launch in Edinburgh. Photo: Kristie De Garis

With the publication of its Eating & Drinking Guide for 2013, The List announced the winners of its annual Best Newcomer Awards.

Selected from restaurants opening in Edinburgh and Glasgow since April 2012, the winners are chosen by the guide's experienced team of reviewers and editors for the promise, innovation and quality they bring to the local eating out scene.

The two winners in Edinburgh are:

The Gardener's Cottage

For realising the inspiring simplicity of local eating

Setting up in a small, disused, William Playfair-designed building on the slopes of Calton Hill, chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray were never going grand. They have two rooms, a makeshift open kitchen, three long shared tables and a record player for tunes. Their dinner menu is a no-choice, six course, daily changing meal based around truly seasonal, local and intelligently sourced food. Charming and inspiring, the Gardener's Cottage shows Edinburgh a glimpse of a future where simple good food can be convivial, cultured, shared and valued.

The Vintage

For its vision of artisan food and craft beer in a local pub

In a partnership between one of Scotland's most progressive brewers, Williams Brothers of Alloa, and bar manager Darren Blackburn, an old Leith bar and restaurant has been revitalised as one of the most engaging eating and drinking venues in the country. The attractive, unpretentious Vintage offers a diverse and mature selection of craft beer on draft and keg, together with a bold and enlightened menu featuring British charcuterie, intriguing snacks and accomplished contemporary cooking. Pub grub has a new benchmark.

The Best Newcomers 2013 for Glasgow are:

The Fish People Café

For turning trade into accomplished and affordable dining

Fishmonger Alan Bell had originally planned to open a chippy when he acquired the unit directly opposite his fish shop at Shields Road subway station on Glasgow's Southside. It would, no doubt, have been a great chippy, but something more ambitious was soon afoot. What emerged was a classy but unassuming restaurant where ultra-fresh catches from the shop are given careful and considered treatments with global inspiration. It has made Scotland's best seafood affordable and accessible to diners in an area no-one would have expected.

The Hanoi Bike Shop

For a stylish and exotic adventure in Vietnamese cuisine

When Stravaigin 2 ceased to be in 2012, there was the consolation that the Gibson Street original was alive and well. The surprise was when the Ruthven Lane branch hung up its walking boots and donned a pair of flip-flops ready to dish up Glasgow's first taste of Vietnamese cuisine. From the teaser marketing campaign dotting old bicycles around the West End to the stylish, canteen-style setting and exciting food that bears all the hallmarks of local sourcing and skilful dedication, the Hanoi Bike Shop has brought the entertaining flavours of Vietnam to the dreich, cobbled backlanes of Glasgow.

In addition, List Readers' Awards, chosen by visitors to the List's Food and Drink website, went to Urban Angel in Edinburgh and Bobar in Glasgow.

This year's Judges Special Award, recognising the outstanding contribution of an establishment, enterprise, individual or family to the food and drink world in Scotland, went to Tapa, the Glasgow bakers and coffee roasters with outlets in Dennistoun and Pollockshaws.


383 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AU

Sitting at the crest of Byres Road, Bobar is a gateway to experience great sharing boards, skilful mixology and hearty burgers.

The Fish People Café

350 Scotland Street, Glasgow, G5 8QF

Small, refined Southside seafood specialist with a stunning oyster bar, beautifully presented dishes, and fresh supplies from the adjacent sister shop.

The Gardener's Cottage

1 Royal Terrace Gardens, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX

Social dining and seasonal cooking which is so imaginative, interesting and delicious you'll never be bored or disappointed.

The Hanoi Bike Shop

8 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG

Down a lane off Byres Road, the only dedicated Vietnamese restaurant in town offers taste-crammed food with a creative and individual twist.

Tapa Bakehouse

21 Whitehill Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow, G31 2LH

A friendly Dennistoun bakery and coffee house, with organic, veggie and gluten-free credentials that extend its reach well beyond the neighbourhood.

Tapa Coffeehouse

721 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AA

Serving coffee roasted by its sister venue, this branch of Tapa does a bustling trade in delicious homemade cakes and artisan bread.

Urban Angel

121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ

New Town favourite for all-day brunch, lunch specials, decent cakes and good coffee.


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