Two Scottish fish and chip shops have made it to the finals of top hospitality industry awards, The Cateys.
The Real Food Café in Tyndrum, Perthshire, is celebrating after it was shortlisted in the Best Marketing Campaign category for its Gluten Free Fortnight initiative, while The Bay Fish & Chips in Stonehaven, Aberdeen, is fighting it out in the Sustainable Business Award.
The awards, organised by the hospitality magazine The Caterer, are considered the ultimate mark of success for hospitality businesses and professionals across the UK.
The Real Food Café has been making a name for itself in coeliac circles since launching a gluten free menu over a decade ago and last year set up an annual Gluten Free Fortnight. It also boasts holding an A Grade as a Coeliac UK Accredited Caterer for five consecutive years. It is up against five other outlets including restaurant chain Café Rouge and hotel group Marriott International.
Owner Sarah Heward comments: “I am elated that we have been shortlist for this award. Honestly, to be up against international brands with huge budgets for campaigns is just surreal.
“We created the Gluten Free Fortnight to showcase everything that is good about our trade and industry: delicious food, a well-trained team delivering superb customer service and collaborations with suppliers. It created a fun environment and added value for customers.”
Meanwhile, The Bay Fish & Chips is up against the likes of The Langham in London and The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) in the Sustainable Business Award.
The Bay sources around 90% of its produce from within a 50-mile radius of the shop, runs on 100% renewable energy and fries on a zero emissions range with 97% gas efficiency.
The winners will be unveiled on Tuesday 24th November at a virtual ceremony.