The Menu Food and Drink Awards

The Event


We’re back…. and this year we are celebrating our second year. The Courier’s the menu food & drink awards will celebrate and recognise the best producers and purveyors of quality food and drink, with emphasis on originality, entrepreneurial flair and innovation across the Dundee, Perthshire, Fife and Angus area.

This year we have some new categories, Best Craft Beer, Best Craft Distiller, Cocktail Bar of the Year and Best Newcomer.

Hosted at a prestigious Old Course Hotel, St Andrews on the 28th March 2019, the awards ceremony will not only celebrate the winners but will also showcase five courses from five top chefs in the area. Each course will be a celebration of the individual chef, and very much served in style, with complementing wine.

There are 11 categories, plus the coveted Judges Choice Food and Drink Brand Ambassador.

For more information please contact Lesley Taylor  or call 01224 343290

Key Dates

3 Nov 2018:Entries open
18 Jan 2019:Entries close
13 Feb 2019:Finalists announced
28 Mar 2019:The Event


  • Coffee Shop of the Year

    1. AliBob Cafe, Errol
    2. Jannettas Gelateria Ltd, St Andrews
    3. Loch Leven's Larder, Kinross
    4. The Cafe at Balgove, St Andrews
    5. We are Zest, St Andrews
    6. Wee Bear Cafe, Kirriemuir
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  • Street Vendor of the Year

    1. Relish It, Kirkcaldy
    2. The Cheesy Toast Shack, Kingsbarns and St Andrews
    3. The Rolling Stove, Crieff
    4. Wild & Smoky, Dundee
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  • Restaurant of the year

    Sponsored By:

    1. 63 Tay Street, Perth
    2. El Tajin Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Montrose
    3. Little's Restaurant, Blairgowrie
    4. Venachar Lochside, Callander
    Read More
  • Chef of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Alec Cruikshank, Fonab Farm Foods, Pitlochry
    2. Chris Hazelton, The Rookery, Carnoustie
    3. Graeme Pallister, 63 Tay Street, Perth
    4. Praveen Kumar, Tabla Indian Restaurant, Perth
    Read More
  • Best Newcomer

    Sponsored By:

    1. Coolinary Cafe, Montrose
    2. El Tajin Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Montrose
    3. Fonab Farm Foods, Pitlochry
    4. The Crieff Food Company, Crieff
    5. The Dory Bistro, Pittenweem
    Read More
  • Farm to Fork Award

    Sponsored By:

    1. Ardross Farm Shop, Elie
    2. Balgove Larder, St Andrews
    3. Cairn o' Mhor, Errol
    4. St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, Pittenweem
    5. The Wright Root, Coupar Angus
    Read More
  • Pub of the Year

    1. The Criterion, St Andrews
    2. The Inn on the Tay, Grandtully
    3. The Kirkstyle Inn, Dunning
    4. The Ship Inn, Elie
    Read More
  • Best Craft Beer

    1. 71 Brewing, Dundee
    2. Coul Brewing Company, Glenrothes
    3. Law Brewing Company, Dundee
    4. Ovenstone 109, Anstruther
    Read More
  • Best Craft Distiller

    1. Lundin Distilling, Kirkcaldy
    2. Redcastle Spirits Ltd, Carymyllie
    3. Tayport Distillery, Tayport
    Read More
  • Cocktail Bar of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. 3 Session Street, Dundee
    2. The Adamson, St Andrews
    3. Tom's, Dundee
    Read More


  • Old Course Hotel

    Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, it’s a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.

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The Judges

The Chefs

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    Martin Hollis

    Executive Chef, Old Course Resort

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    Graham Paulley

    Head Chef, Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa

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    Paul Newman, Thyme at Errichel Restaurant

    Chef, Thyme at Errichel Restaurant

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    Praveen Kumar

    Chef, Owner , Tabla Restaurant

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