AN AYR restaurant has been hailed as the best food business in Scotland.

It comes as Nanny Marys celebrated a pair of accolades claimed at recent award ceremonies.

The popular Smith Street venue claimed the 'best food business' award at the Scottish Prestige Awards, which aims to recognise thriving small to medium sized businesses.

It was the third consecutive year they claimed a title at the awards.

The team at Nanny Marys were first awarded a crystal award for their success at the national awards in 2022, which became gold following their second success in 2023. Their latest title, won last month, now means the team are proud holders of a stunning platinum trophy to mark their hat-trick of successes. 

Further acclaim followed this month with the restaurant receiving an E2 Media excellence award for having 'the finest burger in Scotland'.

To top everything off, the business has the chance to add another title following a further nomination to be named the best burger in country at the Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards.

The recognition continues an outstanding spell for the Ayr business which has now receiving six awards in a spell little over 18 months and, of course, they will have the chance to make it seven soon.

The team at Nanny Marys were incredibly grateful following their latest wins, which they hope are making the original 'Nanny Mary' proud.

The restaurant was opened in the midst of grief when the owners' beloved family member Nanny Mary passed away.

Part of the owning family, and business media manager, Allana Harte commented: “It’s a huge achievement because it’s not just regionalised to Ayr – it’s the whole of Scotland.

“It’s so great for a small family business to be recognised on such a grand scale.

“We wouldn’t be where we are without our customers to support us through everything.

“Hopefully it can bring a bit more footfall to both us and Ayr in general – it is what we need.

“We are totally honoured to receive this award and everything we are doing is because we were grieving our nanny Mary – we just want to make her proud.”