The List Eating & Drinking Guide Awards for 2013 announced
Winners of the annual Best Newcomer Awards in Glasgow and Edinburgh
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.