The stunningly located Room with a View Seafood Restaurant has followed up its regional Scottish Thistle Award success by winning the national Tennent Caledonian Breweries Best Cafe, Bar or Restaurant category.

The announcement was made as the cream of the nation’s tourist industry gathered at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Earlier this year the restaurant, which is located in Hannah Norman’s family run Forth View Hotel, fended off stiff competition to be named as regional winner for Central South East Scotland.

Described as a restaurant literally on the edge, ” Room with a View” is tucked away at Hawkcraig Point with spectacular views across the beach and the River Forth towards Edinburgh.

The “small but perfectly formed” menu tempts diners in the 24 seat restaurant with delicious seafood dishes featuring delicacies such as fresh scallops, halibut and langoustines cooked to perfection by resident chef Tim Robson.

Tim has 20 years of experience in hotels in Fife and Edinburgh, and has been head chef in Montpelliers in Edinburgh and Aberdour’s Woodside Hotel and Cedar Inn.

Hannah says that while “food is the star” having local, high quality staff is priority.

In addition to extensive on-site training, formal training, and team building events, the restaurant works with the local high school work experience programme to develop confidence and skills in the young people of Aberdour.

By rising to economic challenges with focused marketing strategies and great new collaborations, revenue has more than doubled since the original forecast, and repeat business is booming.

Hannah beat off competition from the ‘Famous’ Spotty Bag Shop in Banff and Blythswood Square in Glasgow to take the title.

She said that she didn’t really didn’t expect to get so far in the competition, and had been honoured to win against such strong competition.

Visit the restaurant’s website at http://www.roomwithaviewrestaurant.co.uk

Caption: John Gilligan, MD Tennent Caledonian Breweries; chef Tim Robson, Room With a View, Aberdour; Catriona Shearer.

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