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Two in a Row for La Barca? Scottish Entertainment Awards 2015

In this guest blog for Love Loch Lomond, Cara Nikolic, one half of the husband and wife team of owners of Scotland's Best Mediterranean Restaurant, Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant La Barca Helensburgh, reflects on last year's win at the Scottish Entertainment Awards and explains how you can support La Barca in this year's award entries.  

A great restaurant is not just about fantastic food but the standard of service. Get them both right and you're onto a winner.

Last year at La Barca we were honoured to be awarded the prestigious accolade of "Scotland's Best Mediterranean Restaurant". This year we're asking customers to kindly vote for us again in the hope that we can win it for two years running. Not only do we think it helped put Helensburgh on the map but it gave our team a much deserved pat on the back and a great night off! 

I remember getting all dressed up in my best black frock while the boys donned smart kilts for the glitzy "Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards" held at a Glasgow hotel. It's Scotland's largest hospitality event and we were up against the "big boys" as we called them - four well known restaurants from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. 

When we arrived to find our table at the back of the function suite as far from the winners stage as you could possibly get it was not a good sign. So we opened the wine, tucked into the three course dinner and thought, if nothing else, it was an achievement to have made it that far.

Another Helensburgh institution, The Wee Kelpie, was also in the room and set a tough act to follow when early in the evening the team won Scotland's Best Takeaway. Surely two places from Helensburgh couldn't win something and as our 'Best Mediterranean' category came around we were on the edge of our seats with nerves.

Then we heard the words "and the winner is... La Barca Helensburgh" and we leapt into the air with excitement. Our ecstatic team bounded up on stage and we collected the glass trophy that has taken pride of place in our restaurant ever since.

It's been a busy second year for La Barca in a new look town that is certainly on the up and up.

We've welcomed diners from all over the world who have visited Helensburgh and we’ve done our best to give them a fantastic culinary experience to remember. At the same time we've supported many of our local producers and suppliers including Townhead Farm, Muirhead’s Dairy and Nature’s Harvest.

So if you have enjoyed and enjoy the food, wine and atmosphere at La Barca Helensburgh please support us by visiting: and voting for us in the category 'Scotland's Best Mediterranean Cuisine.'

Voting closes on Friday 20 March 2015. The top five venues with the most votes will be visited by independent mystery diners who will judge who is the best of the best.

We'd love your help to swap our aprons for new frocks and kilts and make it two in a row for La Barca and Helensburgh.

Thanks to Cara Nickolic for this guest blog. Wishing the team at La Barca and all of this year's Awards entrants the very best of luck!

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