Auchentoshan Awards 2002

The 2002 winners of the Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow' Restaurant Awards are:

  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    Formal Dining Restaurant of the Year Award
    Brian Maule at Chardon D'Or
  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year Award
    Mother India
  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    Restaurant of the Year Award
  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    People's Choice Award
  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Charan Gill MBE

Glasgow cuisine "world-class", say judges.

The awards, sponsored by Auchentoshan lowland single malt scotch whisky, are now in their third successful year. Viv Lumsden and Fred Macauley co-presented the award ceremony at Glasgow's City Chambers.

Chairman of the judging panel Glen Moore, Marketing Manager of Auchentoshan Distillery, said:

"We have five outstanding world-class winners this year. The Auchentoshan awards prove that Glasgow is now the number one eating-out city after London. The remarkably high standards of cuisine underpin the city's burgeoning international reputation."

"The awards also show that Glasgow's cuisine is cosmopolitan and covers the entire taste spectrum. The winners offer a wide choice of culinary styles, price ranges and ambience but what they all have in common is a real commitment to quality and value for money."

"Indian cuisine is especially well represented this year with Mother India, Shish Mahal and Charan Gill. The judges were especially impressed following their gastronomic tour of the city. With everything from old favourites to superb house specialties, the city's superb Indian restaurants offer huge choice and outstanding value for the Glasgow curry connoisseur!" said Glen.

"On this evidence Glasgow is clearly the UK's curry capital. Let's hope this puts an end to Glasgow's deep-fried Mars bar stereotype once and for all."



Charan Gill - Lifetime Acheivement Award Viv Lumsden, who judged the awards in 2000 and also this year, said:

"It's amazing how restaurants have evolved in the last two years. I was keen to recognise the work of the city's long-standing and traditional restaurants but also coming up fast are the trendy newcomers with their own idiosyncratic styles. That's a very welcome development."

"I think some exciting new reputations will be made after today."

Opus - People's Choice Award An innovation this year was the People's Award, voted for by the people of Glasgow, and not the judging committee. Opus, formerly Eurasia, got the nod from the readers of the Evening Times for its exciting fusion of European and Asian cuisine. Lush surroundings, relaxed dining and fine service combined to make Opus a clear winner.

The judges - Glen Moore, Fred Macauley, Viv Lumsden, Eddie Friel and Fergus Chambers - visited some forty restaurants within the Glasgow Restaurateurs' Association. They were carefully assessed against a number of criteria including food and wine, ambience, service and value for money.

Auchentoshan, closely identified with the city of Glasgow, is sponsoring the award for the third year. It's the distillery on Glasgow's doorstep and is Scotland's only triple-distilled malt.

Auchentoshan Awards 2001

Auchentoshan - Morrison Bowmore Distillers