Broch bar crowned Master of the Blend

Cheers Bar proprietor Dennis Forsyth.
Cheers Bar proprietor Dennis Forsyth.

A Fraserburgh pub has been crowned a whisky master and rewarded with a £3,000 prize after beating off competition from over 300 other bars.

Cheers Cafe Bar & Tavern was awarded the title Master of the Famous Blend by drinks company Maxxium who own The Famous Grouse whisky.

The Fraserburgh bar is also a finalist in a second national award for their whisky menu.

Cheers wills compete against seven other bars, six from London and one from Islay, for the Imbibe Whisky List of the Year.

Dennis Forsyth, owner of Cheers Bar & Tavern, said: “These ones are really really big. These are the ones that are based on the knowledge and experience of international judges.

“It’s experts that are picking out the best and it’s a privilege to be involved.”

Cheers won the £3,000 prize in August and have used the money to build a new website and put members of their bars staff through an accredited whisky training course in the UK.

Mr Forsyth said: “It’s one of the only awards that there’s actually been a cash prize for so that was very good.”

The training course paid for by the win will make the Broch bar one of only 24 pubs in the UK to be trained by the only accredited whisky training course in the UK.

Mr Forsyth said: “It’s good for Fraserburgh because if people are on the whisky trail then they will pop in and see us and also visit the town.”

The bar has been shortlisted for their whisky menus which comes in two forms - 20 and 40 pages.

Mr Forsyth said: “If you were a novice you could pick up this menu and know what it was about - menus should be doing that.”

The bar owner said that Maxiumm were so impressed with his menus that they have been passing them to their promoters around the UK.

On the award Mr Forsyth said: “This will get us national recognition.

You need to have the experts searching out and making sure they’re picking the best of the best - and hopefully it will be a good night out too.”