Black Sheep pub named south-west’s best

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The Black Sheep pub has been named the south-west pub of the year at the inaugural Scottish Bar and Brew Awards.

The Black Sheep, which is part of the Royal Hotel and wider Machrihanish Dunes complex, was up against nine other pubs in its category, many of them based in and around Glasgow.

Around 150 representatives from the top bars in Scotland attended the awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow on Monday evening where the winners were announced.

The awards aim to showcase bars that performed well over the past year and are considered the best by the public, as well as celebrating top establishments that strive to be different. They commend those who serve unique drinks, blended with secret recipes and ingredients as well as bars that offer fantastic atmosphere due to their sophisticated ambience.

A spokesperson for the Black Sheep told the Courier: ‘Everyone at Machrihanish Dunes would like to thank all the locals and visitors who voted for the Black Sheep pub to win this fantastic award. The Black Sheep is an amazing pub and we are very proud to receive this recognition.’

Irfan Younis, chief executive officer of Creative Oceanic said: ‘This industry has grown massively over the past years and we aimed to reward those who have managed to make a real difference by providing fantastic drinks and great hospitality.

‘The winners are an outstanding example of excellence whose dedication to be the best has made them stand out among the rest.

‘We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their amazing achievements.’