In the lead up to the prestigious awards for 2018, Gillian McKenzie, Editor at the SLTN wrote;
'The standard of entries this year was exceptional; and visiting the operators and staff who entered or were nominated was inspirational to say the least.
Not only did it reinforce all that is good about Scotland’s licensed trade, it once again highlighted the passion and resilience of those who work in it.
In a year in which the trade has faced the prospect of yet more regulation, the personal licence renewal debacle, the ongoing tourist tax threat and Brexit uncertainty, not to mention spiralling costs, those working in the Scottish trade have continued to raise the bar.
Thank you to everyone who entered, and to our sponsors and independent judges for their support, time and expertise in assessing each category – it is hugely appreciated and absolutely fundamental to maintaining the integrity of the SLTN Awards.'
On the basis of this, we are utterly thrilled to be awarded the SLTN Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Scotland 2018.
'We are delighted to thank Tennent's the supporter for SLTN Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2018 award. We are astounded to win this award for the fifth time and fourth consecutive year! Myself and the whole team at Le Chardon d'Or have worked hard to maintain our high standard of food and service, while adapting to the needs of our valued guests. Such a prestigious award and we are very humbled and proud to win' - Brian Maule