Published: 08/06/2018 08:55 - Updated: 05/06/2018 12:17

Cluny Bank couple in double award win

Cluny bankA FORRES restaurant has been served up a double helping of awards for what it does best.

Cluny Bank on St. Leonard’s Road added two more accolades to a long list following the Scottish Food Awards in Edinburgh, in the second year the owners have celebrated a double win at the same event.

Husband and wife, Lloyd and Julia Kenny collected the awards at a glittering ceremony for their achievements in the kitchen and front-of-house.

The duo manage the hotel between them and rarely take a day off.

Lloyd was named Real Food Chef of the Year, while Julia picked up a separate award for her services to Food Hospitality in Moray.

Last year, they picked up the Small Hotel Food and Drink Award and the Real Food Gold Medal.

Lloyd said: “Cooking with real food is our passion and always has been. As time goes by, the recognition we are getting for this is some sort of proof we are getting it right.”

Cluny Bank became a restaurant with rooms in 2013. The restaurant is one of only two in Moray to have an AA rosette. It also has the AA Gold award, two accolades from the Scottish Hotel Awards, and is in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for being the number one hotel in Moray for five years in a row.

Cluny Bank, which uses locally sourced food, has previously been recognised by the Grampian Food Awards, Scottish Hotel Awards and the Scottish Food Awards.

Julia added: “The hospitality aspect is equally important to us, and it’s nice to have something to hang next to Lloyd’s awards.”

The couple bought the Cluny Bank Hotel in 2006 and have made improvements every year including refurbishing all of the bedrooms, restaurant and bar.

Julia finished: “It’s hard work running a place like this all year round. Making a difference with real food and hospitality is what we strive for day in, day out, and so these awards are a true reward for us. Getting these together on the same night is our just deserts.”

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