Making a remarkable footprint for the Scotland Hotels Industry, Scottish food and drink exports during 2010 reached a record increase. The food exports alone reached a £1 billion barrier for the first time ever. The largest share of food exports was in the fish and seafood sector, with international sales hitting £620 million.
The figures which were taken from the HMRC export statistics for 2010 show that food exports grew by almost 14% to £1.06 billion, with the combined total international sales for Scottish food and Scotch whisky increasing by 11 percent to £4.51 billion during last year. Continue reading
The annual competition for the best fish and chips shop in the UK has announced a winner – Atlantic Fast Food of Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire has given Scotland a hat-trick win! Fish and chips is a great UK tradition and there’s nothing like stopping at a chippy for a bite when you’re out all day shopping or sightseeing!
Fish and chips is also serous business in the country and there are 11,500 chippies in the UK and the competition conducted by Seafish Organisation to crown the best of them annually is no less than 22 years old now! If you’re new to UK, you now know how important fish and chips is in the British Isles.
The owner of the winning shop is Giovanni Fionda a Scot with an Italian lineage says, “To win this competition as a first time entrant is a dream come true. It’s the best thing to have happened to us in our professional life and has made all the hard work worth it. We’ve worked in the fish and chips business for many years and it’s always been great fun.”
As a business, fish and chips shops are thriving well as the economic downturn gives the fast food an added value for money advantage and 183m portions of fish and chips were sold 2009 alone! Atlantic Fast Food has seen such an increase in customers after the win with customers from as far and wide as Australia and Ireland dropping in for a bite.
Scotland’s previous winners include Anstruther Fish Bar in Fife and the Townhead Cafe in Biggar, so if you’re on a visit to Scotland make sure you pop into any of these award-winning shops and you’ll know what the craze is all about!
Just 6 miles from Edinburgh Airport close to South Queensbury, comes the new UK sensation, Dakota Forthbridge, with a unique hotel experience. It is aimed at people visiting on business in Edinburgh Livingstone and travel via Edinburgh Airport. If you are on a leisure visit to Forthbridge, Edinburgh and Knockhill, this hotel would offer a totally different experience from the mainstream hotels in Scotland.
Offering innovative style and an unexpected level of good service at an affordable price , the place has a philosophy that is straightforward in doing things brilliantly. The Dakota Grill concept is very simple- No compromise and no corners cut, fantastic food and best local suppliers. Expertly prepared by the finest emerging young chefs from all corners of UK, it uses the best seasonal produce around the British Isles.
More over it is the first Scottish restaurant that is eligible to use the prestigious Marine Stewardship Council(MSC) logo besides the certified sustainable seafood dishes. It has Won the Scottish Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2009, Scottish Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2008 awards and Scottish Restaurant of the Year 2008.
The five meeting rooms provide stylish air conditioned areas to conduct business and it is aimed at training and board room meetings market.
So have a great time from the usual stress of work in this splendid hotel.
- Air Conditioning
- Room Service
- Internet Access/Wi-Fi