Glenapp restaurant of year

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The restaurant at Glenapp Castle Hotel, the luxury 5 star Relais & Châteaux Castle Hotel in Carrick, has won Restaurant of the Year in the catering industry ‘Oscars’, the prestigious 2011 CIS Excellence Awards.

The accolade is the latest in a string of awards to be showered on the hotel over many years, most recently since the appointment of Head Chef Adam Stokes in 2008.

A Scottish Baronial castle, secluded amongst 36 acres of garden and woodland on the coast in Ballantrae, Glenapp Castle Restaurant’s team is led by manager of almost 10 years, John Orr and his assistant, Head Chef’s wife, Natasha Stokes.

Graham Cowan, who runs Glenapp Castle alongside his wife Fay, said: “We’re delighted that Adam and his kitchen team, along with our great restaurant team have received this tremendous recognition for the excellence of their food and service in our fine dining restaurant.

“Since his first season at Glenapp Castle, Head Chef Adam Stokes has achieved and maintained substantial accolades for the food served and the service continues to delight guests and reviewers alike.

“A restaurant within a hotel has the challenge of producing everything from light and celebratory lunches, delicious afternoon teas, unforgettable dinners and, in the morning, a memorable breakfast to set the guest up for the day and possible journey ahead. Adam and his team rise to that challenge each and every day.”

Amongst other accolades are an AA Restaurant Guide Award – 3 Rosettes, an EatScotland 2010 Gold Award and Adam won the Gourmet Menu of the Year category at the 13th Annual Scottish Chef Awards.