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Food and Drink Awards and Accolades for Love Loch Lomond Businesses

Love Loch Lomond tourism and hospitality businesses are celebrating recent awards and accolades from the industry for their commitment to quality, service, local sourcing, business development and more.

Cara Nikolic, (pictured right, above) owner with husband Milan Nikolic of Helensburgh restaurants Cattle and Creel, La Barca HelensburghPadrone Pizza and the Logie Baird Bar and Grill, was awarded Restaurateur of the Year Award in the 2018 Business Women Scotland Hospitality & Tourism Awards, at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

Chef David Hetherington (pictured left, above) took home the Provenance Chef of the Year Award at the 2018 Scottish Food Awards & Academy for his commitment to local Scottish food sourcing at both the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Luss, and the Luss Seafood Bar where visitors can taste his seasonal, locally sourced creations. 

The awards for Helensburgh and Loch Lomond businesses follow closely on from the recent awards and top ratings received by Argyll venue The Lodge on Loch Goil, and its new Restaurant with Rooms.

The new Lodge on Loch Goil dining experience has been awarded a 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms award and 2 AA rosettes from the acclaimed AA Guide for culinary excellence in less than a month of opening. The addition of an AA Breakfast Award was an unforeseen addition to an overwhelmingly successful review. The new venture is described by the AA as, "the perfect destination dining venue and idyllic loch side location”. 

These industry awards highlight the commitment to quality and service and local sourcing from a growing number of businesses in the Loch Lomond Trossachs and Clyde Sea Lochs area, and showcase their ongoing efforts to ensure a high quality visitor experience.

More Food and Drink News

New Venue: The Shore, Loch Lomond

A welcome addition to Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch, recently opened The Shore offers a restaurant, day spa and venue. The Shore can accommodate 200 guests for banqueting and 300, theatre-style. It can cater for a variety of events including weddings, award dinner, cocktail parties and launches. For more information and bookings go to

Lunch Club Demonstrations from Sugar Boat, Helensburgh 

Sugar Boat in Helensburgh has scheduled a series of relaxed and informal cookery demonstrations in the restaurant given by Head Chef Scott, followed by a lunch based around what guests have just had demonstrated. Called simply the Lunch Club, the format is relaxed and fun. Arrive around 10.30ish for coffee and a slice of cake and then Scott will take you through to the restaurant where he’ll hold an hour long demo. You’ll be able to get up close, ask questions and taste as you go and if you so feel, take some snaps too. No need to make notes though as the restaurant will email guests a full recipe card after the event. All events are listed on Sugar Boat Restaurant’s Facebook Page.

New Coffee Company & Roasting Facility - the Loch Lomond Coffee Co.

The Loch Lomond Coffee Co, with a specialist roasting facility and equipment, was launched in late 2017. In Balmaha, the St Mocha Coffee Shop was launched in 2014 by brothers Stuart and David Fraser, who are also partners in the family business The Oak Tree Inn. Many visitors commented positively about the artisan coffee served, but it was only a matter of time before Stuart and David would introduce their own coffee range. As well as serving in the coffee shops, bags of coffee are also for sale, both in St Mocha and on the Loch Lomond Coffee Co website.

Fully Compostable Coffee Cups from St Mocha Coffee Shop

The St. Mocha coffee shop in Balmaha has launched a fully compostable coffee cup, produced by Vegware as part of their Zero waste recycling solutions. As well as the strong environmental qualities the cup displays a Conic Hill painting created exclusively for St Mocha by local artist Will Freeborn. Find out more about St. Mocha here.

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