THE owners of Mearns fish restaurant Hornblowers are to find out this week if they have won a top nationwide award.
Alex and Ruth Grahame are to travel to the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow, today (Thursday) for the finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards.
The Scottish Thistle Awards are led by a panel of industry experts from several organisations including VisitScotland, the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.
Entries were made across a range of different categories including Friendliest Pub, Most Hospitable Hotel, and Our Warmest Welcome, and the finalists are competing not just for an award but also the opportunity to represent their region.
Hornblowers, which specialises in locally-sourced seasonal food with an emphasis on seafood, and has recently revealed plans to open a new restaurant at Aberdeen’s seafront next year, won the North East and Tayside heat in the Best Informal Eating Experience category the first time it has entered the competition.
Alex said: “This is such an exciting time for us and we are so humbled to be up there with some amazing places to have an informal meal.
“Even just to win the regional heat and then to reach the national finals is such a great accolade for all our staff and suppliers, as they all make the restaurant a welcoming haven with our locally-sourced seasonal food.
“Our fish comes from the fishermen at Gourdon or Peterhead so your meal is literally the catch of the day.
‘‘Along with the fantastic views with have of the village’s harbour, we really strive to make the dining experience as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.
“It’s fantastic all of this has been recognised for the Scottish Thistle Awards and we are thrilled to be in the Scottish finals.
‘‘We look forward to meeting our contemporaries in the Crowne Plaza.”