Hospitality Awards 2019

AA Restaurant of the Year Scotland

About the award

Each year the AA independently inspects hundreds of restaurants across the British Isles. Introduced in 2000, this award recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality.

Sugar Boat

An all-day bistro with real foodie credentials. The name refers to a wreck in the Clyde off Helensburgh. Set on a square in the heart of town, with tables out front and back, Sugar Boat is unassuming at first glance with blue and green tiled frontage and a café like image.

Inside, the design is one of natural colours of earth and sea. A marble-topped bar and viewable kitchen are passed on the way through to the restaurant proper. Interiors combine bare brick, brass finishes, natural materials, wood-panelling and leather banquettes.

Hearty modern cooking features big flavours and an essentially simple approach to treating Scottish produce with care and attention and not a little European flare indeed provenance and seasonality is of the utmost importance here.

Thoroughly seasonal menus feature effective starters like brined and poached ox tongue with pickled oyster mushrooms or a classic country terrine. Mains include a bouillabaisse in a copper basin packed with roasted fish or a simple cod with shrimp grenobloise. In the bar it is about local craft beers, and great spirits – wine is available retail too.

Previous Winners

2019 – Sugar Boat
2018 – The Newport Restaurant 
2017 – The Dining Room
2016 – Inver
2015 – The Gannet
2014 – Timberyard
2013 – Ondine Restaurant
2012 – Rogano
2011 – Gordon’s
2010 – The Peat Inn
2009 – Plumed Horse
2008 – The Kitchin