AN IRISH bar in Edinburgh has been voted the Best Pub in Scotland.
Judges of the Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards have crowned Malones Edinburgh as being the cream of the crop.
The pub, which opened in 2010 in the heart of the Old Town, entered the competition for the first time this year.
Owner Simon Keane said he was overwhelmed by the response from customers who voted in their hundreds.
“We are delighted to have received this award,” he said. “We entered after being prompted by customers and the organisers themselves and were shocked to come away with the win.”
He added: “It’s a great reflection on all of our staff — we work hard all year round to create a friendly atmosphere for customers and to create interesting events for everyone to enjoy. To be recognised nationally with an award such as this is something special. “
Judges made their decision after paying a ‘mystery shopper’ visit to the venue — a popular music and sports haunt — and praised the customer service within the bar.
Mr Keane added: “I would personally like to thank all of the customers who voted for us in this category — we welcome people from all walks of life and from all around the globe and many of these customers took the time to vote.”
Over the years Malones has raised thousands of pounds for charities and sponsors a number of student societies and sports clubs.
It is also home to the annual Father Ted event, Tedinburgh.