Arran hotels among the awards again

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Arran has sailed away with two of the top honours at Scotland’s most prestigious awards ceremony for hospitality, tourism and catering.

Both The Douglas Hotel and the Auchrannie picked up awards in the 15th year of the Catering Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards.

The Douglas Hotel was named best independent hotel at a packed gala dinner in Glasgow last Thursday night, attended by more than 500 of the country’s leading hoteliers, caterers, chefs, colleges and suppliers ahead of Dunstane Houses in Edinburgh’s West End and the Lovat Loch Ness at Fort Augustus.

Judges said: ‘The standard of customer service set the Douglas apart. It looks after each guest from the front door onwards. The fabric of the hotel is first class, it takes care to involve the local community and there’s a lovely diversity to the food from the bistro to the restaurant.’

The Auchrannie was the winner of the training and employee retention award.

The lifetime achievement award was presented to Ayrshire hoteliers Bill and Cath Costley, said by the judges to have created ‘one of the greatest business success stories in Scotland’. Their establishments include Highgrove House and Lochgreen House in Troon, the Brig o’ Doon Hotel in Alloway, and Ellisland Hotel in Ayr.

The Douglas team with their best independent hotel award. NO_B23award01

Auchrannie managing director Linda Johnston with the winning certificate and Claire Johnstonm HR and people development manager with the trophy. NO_B23award02