Local establishment Cheers Cafe Bar and Tavern have picked up another ward at the SLTN awards ceremony last week, taking home the award for best beer quality to Fraserburgh.
Winning the Tennents Best Beer Quality award, the local bar was also in the running in two other categories, for the best smoking facilities, which they won last year, and the social responsibility award, just missing out on both.
“We lost out in those, but were highly commended,” said owner Dennish Forsyth.
“The judging took place when our outside development wasn’t fully completed, and I believe that went against us. One of the independent SLTN judges actually invited us to go for best smoking facilities next year, having seen photos of the completed development.
“A representative from the Scottish Crime Centre, who was sitting at our table, informed us that she was very impressed with the work we had been doing at Cheers and mentioned they had taken notice of our efforts, particularly the work we’ve done for Best Bar None.
“Incidentally, we are awaiting the judging for BBN in the next couple of weeks. So fingers crossed we do as well as last year!
“Whilst at the awards we met the team from SKY Services, some of whom had recently visited Cheers. They informed us that we could be a strong entry for their ‘The Ultimate Venue’ competition for Scotland and encouraged us to enter the competition.
“At the after ceremony party we were fortunate to meet ex-Celtic, Clyde and Scotland football star, Harry Hood (68), who has several pubs in Glasgow and who was awarded the lifetime achievement award. Harry stood speaking with us for quite a while and told us he was impressed by Cheers and expressed a keenness to come up and see what we’d done with the premises. Harry and his lovely wife actually joined us in a group photo with the Cheers team,” said Mr Forsyth.
Six members of the Cheers team travelled to the awards, along with Mr Forsyth’s parents, Dennis and Jean Forsyth, who have been in the trade for nearly 40 years.
Mr Forsyth said that everyone enjoyed the evening and were made welcome by everyone there.