It was a succesful evening for Ayrshire publicans and bar owners at The Scottish Bar & Pub Awards.

A number of venues in our area picked up gongs in a variety of categories.

The Scottish Bar & Pub Awards (formerly the DRAM Awards) are known in Scotland as the Oscars of the licensed trade.

The awards, now in their 26th year, are Scotland’s longest running licensed trade awards. Venues from all over the country compete against one another to be declared the best in their category.

This year's winners were announced on Tuesday, September 7 in a ceremony at Glasgow's Hilton Hotel.

Among those winning at the event were The Fox and Willow in Ayr, who were named the Restaurant of the Year.

They posted on Facebook: "After the last year or so……to achieve this makes it all worth it 😭

We are so incredibly proud of our amazing team. Your hard work, loyalty and ability to keep us smiling and laughing each day is simply fantastic. This is for you. Team Fox, keep smashing it."

The Buf, Prestwick, scooped the Best or Most Improved Outside Area.

And Buzzworks venue the Lido in Troon, won Cocktail Bar of the Year.

And further afield, in North Ayrshire, the Coast Bar and Restaurant at the Gailes Hotel in Irvine won New Bar of the Year.

Ayr Advertiser: The team at The Gailes.The team at The Gailes.

They shared the following on Facebook: "

"We’re very proud to say that Coast Restaurant & Bar won New Bar of the Year last night at the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 🎉

"Having undergone a massive refurbishment during the lockdown at the start of this year, we are over the moon for Coast to have been recognised and awarded this accolade. A huge well done to all our staff who have worked tirelessly since we reopened to ensure that our guests enjoy the very best food, drink and service in our covid safe new surroundings."

Here is a full list of all the winners:

Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2021 winners

Lifetime Achievement

Sandy Fraser
Oak Tree Inn

Dog Friendly Pub of the Year

Forth Inn, Aberfoyle

Best or Most Improved Outside Area sponsored by Kopparberg
The Buf, Prestwick

BII Customer Service Award
Siberia, Aberdeen

Buzzworks Montpeliers Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
Billy Milligan

Carling Community Pub of the Year
The Palais

Deanston Whisky Guru of the Year
Derek Mather

Discarded Cocktail Bar of the Year

DRAM Sales Rep of the Year
Harry Olorunda
Halewood International

Social Media Award
Radisson Red

G&M Connoisseurs Choice
Whisky Bar of the Year
The Malt Room

WM Grant Bar Apprentice 2021
Alanna Beattie
Hillhead Book Club, Glasgow

Hospo Talent
Bar Manager of the Year

Tony Craig
Black Ivy, Edinburgh

Hotel Scotland
Charity Endeavour of the Year

Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group

DRAM Rising Star Award
Macmerry 300

Inverarity Morton
Restaurant of the Year

The Fox & Willow

Kopparberg New Bar of the Year
The Gailes Hotel

Molson Coors Evolution Award
The Fort
Broughty Ferry

Old Tom Gin 1821
Hotel Bar of the Year

The Cave Bar
Meldrum House Hotel

Open Ear Independent Pub Group of the Year
St Luke's & the Winged Ox, Glasgow

SGL Inspirational Employee of the year
Scott Henderson
The Record Factory, Glasgow

Stolichnaya Award for Sustainability
Derby Lane, Glasgow

Sunday Mail Pub of the Year
The Kings Arms, Fenwick