This Edinburgh pub has been named one of the best in the UK

By Stephanie Abbott

Innis & Gunn's Beer Kitchen in Edinburgh has been named among a 94-strong list of the best pubs and bars in the UK.

The Scottish brewer has gone from strength to strength since its creation in 2003 and its first pub has now been featured in this year's National Pub and Bar Awards.

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The Lothian Road bar is now in the running to be awarded best overall pub in the UK. The winner will be announced at a red carpet celebration in London on the 23 May, when 15 regional winners will also be revealed.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, Innis & Gunn Founder and Master Brewer, said, “We’re absolutely thrilled with this accolade from The National Pub & Bar Awards. A passion for bringing great beer and flavour to people is at the heart of Innis & Gunn and it’s a terrific honour to be awarded the Best Pub in Edinburgh.

“Our four Beer Kitchens in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews all offer relaxed drinking and dining experiences for beer and food enthusiasts looking for flavour, passion and craft, it’s great to have this recognised.”

The Beer Kitchen menu is packed with a range of lagers, blondes and IPAs. For non-beer fans, the usual suspects of wines and spirits also feature along with cocktails and the ingenious 'hoptails'.

If you're feeling peckish, the bar menu has classics like fish and chips and a Shepherd's pie dubbed 'The Rod Stewart' along with handy beer suggestions to complement your chosen dish.

The winners of the National Pub and Bar Awards are judged on overall retail excellence, best practice and individual entrepreneurship.

The full list of Scottish Winners

Highland – The Plockton HotelNa h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) – Westford InnFife – St Andrews Brewing Co BrewpubAberdeenshire – The RedgarthCity of Aberdeen – OrchidCity of Dundee – The West HousePerth and Kinross – The Old Mill InnAngus – The Picture HouseMoray – The Mosset TavernClackmannanshire – The Old BreweryShetland Islands – Pier HeadOrkney Islands – The Ferry InnCity of Edinburgh – Innis & Gunn Beer KitchenWest Lothian – The Torphichen InnFalkirk – Behind The WallScottish Borders – The Craw InnEast Lothian – Duck’s InnMidlothian – The Sun InnCity of Glasgow – WEST On The GreenNorth Lanarkshire – The Electric BarSouth Lanarkshire – Inn on the LochRenfrewshire – The Houston InnDumfries and Galloway – The Steamboat InnNorth Ayrshire – The Ship InnEast Ayrshire – The Mill HouseSouth Ayrshire – Scotts TroonEast Dunbartonshire – The StationArgyll and Bute – The Drovers InnEast Renfrewshire – Miller & Carter Newton MearnsWest Dunbartonshire – The Balloch HouseStirling – The Inn at TorbrexInverclyde – The James Watt

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which runs the awards, said: “This positive, industry-boosting news comes at a time when closures of pubs and bars are too often focused on in the press.

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“The sole purpose of the National Pub & Bar Awards is to tell as many people as possible about the incredible businesses that these County Winners are running.

“With 94 triumphant pubs on the winners' list, chances are that every person in the UK will have an award-winning pub near them. Get out there and see these places for yourselves.”