Pubs across the north and north-east were raising a celebratory tipple last night after being recognised as among the best licensed premises in Scotland by the Best Bar None awards.
The national scheme supports “safe and inclusive social spaces”, while rewarding social responsibility and duty of care.
Johnny Foxes and the Den from Inverness was awarded the Innovation in Social Responsibility Award at the awards ceremony in Dunblane on Thursday night.
There was success for bars in Aberdeen too, with The Globe picking up a national award in the pub category while Soul won in the independent bar category.
Mandy Haeburn-Little, chair of Best Bar None Scotland and CEO of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), said: “The licensed trade is a key sector of Scottish business and we are very pleased to recognise this.
“It is so impressive to see the standard of the applicants, the commitment of the teams involved and the hugely varied venues from different corners of Scotland being represented.”
Paul Clarkson, a director of PB Devco, which owns Soul, added: “We are absolutely thrilled to get this recognition.”