The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street is celebrating after being named Restaurant of the Year Scotland by the AA, one of the highest accolades in the industry

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Dining Room at 28 Queen Street in Edinburgh has been named as Scotland’s Restaurant of the Year in the AA’s Hospitality Awards for 2017.

The Dining Room received the award at the AA’s annual ceremony, which took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night after a panel of judges spent a year travelling the country, putting the nation’s pubs, restaurants and hotels to the test.

The Dining Room at 28 Queen Street was specifically credited for its partnership with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which the AA said ‘offers a dining experience steeped in French classicism’.

Jan-Willem Damen, operations director of The Dining Room, said: “We are extremely proud to have been given this award. It is a recognition of 14 years of unwavering dedication by a kitchen team led throughout by executive chef James Freeman, to create stunning dishes with locally sourced Scottish ingredients.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the entire Dining Room team and a fantastic reward for the incredible hard work they have put in after last year’s refurbishment. I would also like to thank and recognise venue manager Francois Guillemet, Jeremy Antonson and Silvere Thouret in particular, as well as The Dining Room wider team and 28 Queen Street in general for this award.

“The level of excellence in dining in Scotland is phenomenal with a vast amount of Michelin-starred and recommended restaurants. It’s no mean feat being picked out of all these places to achieve the award.”

The results also mark the release of the 2018 editions of the AA Hotel Guide and the AA Best Restaurant Guide.

For more on the AA’s Hospitality Awards 2017, click here