The restaurant at Glenapp Castle Hotel, the luxury 5 star Relais & Châteaux Castle Hotel in Ayrshire, has won Restaurant of the Year in the catering industry ‘Oscars’, the prestigious 2011 CIS Excellence Awards.

The accolade is the latest in a string of awards to be showered on the hotel over recent years following the appointment of Head Chef Adam Stokes in 2008.

A Scottish Baronial castle, secluded amongst 36 acres of garden and woodland on the rugged and beautiful Ayrshire coast in Ballantrae, Glenapp Castle Restaurant’s team is led by manager 10 years, John Orr and his assistant and Head Chef’s wife, Natasha Stokes.

Graham Cowan, who runs Glenapp Castle alongside his wife Fay, said: “We’re delighted that Adam and his team have received this tremendous recognition for the excellence of their food and service in our fine dining restaurant.

“Since his first season at Glenapp Castle, Head Chef Adam Stokes has achieved and maintained substantial accolades for the food served and the service continues to delight guests and reviewers alike.

“A restaurant within a hotel has the challenge of producing everything from light and celebratory lunches, delicious afternoon teas, unforgettable dinners and, in the morning, a memorable breakfast to set the guest up for the day and possible journey ahead. Adam and his team rise to that challenge each and every day.”

Each evening the restaurant at Glenapp serves a six course gourmet menu, expertly prepared by Head Chef Adam Stokes and his team. While all resident guests have an automatic dinner reservation, the dining rooms at Glenapp are also open to non-resident guests by prior reservation for lunch and dinner.

Amongst other accolades won by the restaurant at Glenapp Castle Hotel are an AA Restaurant Guide Award – 3 Rosettes, an EatScotland 2010 Gold Award, while Adam Stokes won the Gourmet Menu of the Year category at the 13th Annual Scottish Chef Awards.

Meanwhile, Graham and Fay Cowan were recently presented with a Gold Laurel – Outstanding Achievement Award for the restoration of the beauty of Glenapp Castle and Gardens at the Scottish Hotel Awards while Glenapp was named Romantic Hotel of the Year 2011.

ENDS For further information please contact Graham Cowan on 01465 831212 Issued on behalf of Glenapp Castle Hotel by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018 Date 27th May 11