THE ANGUS Provost paid a visit to the winner of the local Best Bar None scheme in Carnoustie on Monday.
Ruth Leslie Melville visited the Aboukir Hotel to see for herself why it was named both the ‘Best Bar’ and the overall ‘Best Bar None’ winner.
The awards scheme is run throughout the whole of Angus and honours people’s favourite pubs which also play a part in the community and promote responsible and safe drinking.
And the winning premises were rewarded at a ceremony in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel last November.
The Provost believes both Carnoustie and the rest of Angus have a lot to offer in terms of pubs and restaurants.
She said: “Some of the tasks undertaken by the Provost simply don’t warrant the description of ‘task’ as they are not only a pleasure to undertake but also a source of tremendous pride.
“As a county Angus boasts a high standard in pubs, restaurants and hotel accommodation which makes it rewarding to visit an establishment which has proved itself in all three areas.
“I was visiting the Aboukir to see for myself what made it so special that it scooped the 2011 Best Bar None overall winner in addition to the Best Bar category.
“This is no mean achievement for a business which has only been under Dave Scorgie’s ownership for five years.”
While there, the Provost was given a tour round the Aboukir and now hopes to return to sample their menu.
She added: “The Aboukir Hotel is prominently situated in Carnoustie and has the good fortune of having good and accessible parking to service the premises.
“On entering the hotel the welcome is warm and the surroundings attractive. As a ‘lady who lunches’ I was particularly impressed by the varied and interesting menu presented by their talented young chef.
“He proudly explained that everything he served was made ‘in-house.’
“They specialise in lunches, teas and dinners and I am looking forward to an opportunity to put them to the test. I will not be disappointed.
“The Aboukir offers seven bedrooms with en suite facilities which are clean, attractive and popular.
“The dining room which is a firm favourite with clientele is backed up on two fronts with a well stocked light; airy and open bar offering a relaxed atmosphere for all who want to wind down.
“Part of that attraction is due to the pleasant outlook on to the garden area with its tables and benches which are there to lure visitors to bask in the best of Carnoustie’s sun.”