Dunbar shines in food awards

ELC Leader Paul McLennan with MSP Richard Lochhead and the Dunbar East Lothian Food & Drink 2011Award winners
ELC Leader Paul McLennan with MSP Richard Lochhead and the Dunbar East Lothian Food & Drink 2011Award winners

The sixth annual East Lothian Food and Drinks Awards dinner was held at the Macdonald Marine Hotel in North Berwick and Dunbar businesses scooped no fewer than four top awards.

The best kept secret is out and what those already living in the Dunbar area know has now been publically recognised.

Dunbar is a great place to eat, shop and visit and no fewer than four top quality food and drink outlets won awards and were recognised as being the best in their particular category.

The Dunbar winners were: The Volunteer Arms, runner-up in the Best Pub Meal category; The Creel Restaurant, winner in the Best Restaurant Meal category; The Food Hamper, winner in the Best Café category; and Belhaven Smokehouse, winner in the publicly nominated award, Best Local Produce Retailer.

Dunbar is already renowned for its historic town centre, its range of independent specialist shops; its beautiful coastline and countryside and its friendly, hospitable catering businesses. Plus it has the nickname of ‘Sunny Dunny’ due to it being the sunniest and driest town in Scotland.

Being situated in the ‘bread basket of Scotland’ ensures a ready supply of locally produced produce and each of the winning teams from Dunbar all pride themselves on sourcing, where possible locally grown ingredients.

All passionate food lovers who share their knowledge with people who want to experience the joy of locally sourced, affordable and seasonal food, cooked from scratch, combined with a friendly atmosphere right on your doorstep ensure that Dunbar catering outlets are right at the top, when it comes to good quality, locally sourced food.

The awards were presented by Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, MSP. He said: “Scotland is a land of food and drink and East Lothian has some of the finest produce to offer. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners of the sixth food and drink awards which are a recognition of their dedication and hard work.

East Lothian Council leader and councillor for the Dunbar Ward, Paul McLennan added: “This is a fantastic achievement for the food and drink trade in Dunbar. It has lots to offer and the food and drink industry and the town should be proud of their efforts. I certainly am and would encourage all to visit the town not only for our excellent cuisine, but our tourist attractions and High Street.”

Shopping in Dunbar has all the right ingredients. From quality food products including special chocolates, smoked salmon, organic fresh fruit and vegetables, to tasteful home furnishings, building supplies, galleries, garden furniture, china and glassware, sports and children’s accessories.

Dunbar provides all the amenities of a seaside town, combining historic buildings, spectacular landscapes, rugged coastline and varied shopping facilities with an excellent range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

The East Lothian Food and Drink event is part of an ongoing initiative led by East Lothian Council to establish the county as the leader in Scotland for quality food, drink and hospitality.