Five restaurants battling it out to be crowned Ayrshire’s best eaterie

Five Ayrshire restaurants are battling it out to be crowned the best eaterie in the region.

The venues have been named as finalists in the restaurant of the year category for the south west region of Scotland.

Restaurants are in the mix among 10 top venues fighting it out for the title at the Food Awards Scotland 2023.

Ayr leads the way with nominations with no less than three eateries shortlisted for the town with The Kylestrome, Cecchini’s and Chestnuts all making the cut.

Kilmarnock’s famous Cafe Da Vinci has also been nominated alongside Salt and Barrel – a restaurant staffed by students and operated as part of hospitality courses at Ayrshire College in the town.

The prestigious awards event will take place on Monday, August 28 at voco Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow where top professionals will come together to celebrate their achievements.

A spokesperson for the ninth Food Awards Scotland said: “In a country with so many food establishments and businesses, it can be hard to stand out. However, the 2023 finalists have all been distinguished as the real masters in their field due to their hard work and dedication to customer satisfaction.

“Moreover, their success isn’t just about their dedication to leaving every customer satisfied. It’s also a story that reflects the resilience and creativity of countless chefs, producers, employees and managers who are always ensuring that locals and visitors eat well.”

South West restaurant of the year nominees

  • The Cross(Crosslee)
  • Anise Indian Kitchen Houston (Crosslee)
  • Cafe Da Vinci(Kilmarnock)
  • River Inn(Crosslee)
  • The Pheasant Sorbie (Newton Stewart)
  • The Kylestrome (Ayr)
  • Cecchini’s (Ayr)
  • Tighnamara Hotel(Stranraer)
  • Chestnuts (Ayr)
  • Salt and Barrel(Kilmarnock)

The Food Awards Scotland 2023 seek to recognise the hard work and efforts of those committed to always providing the country with the freshest of products and amazing delights.

They will also aim to showcase the best restaurants, takeaways, pubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and bistros, as well as

those who help foodies explore new flavours and cuisines from different cultures.

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