Kirkcaldy bar lifts beer award

From left; Alan Hay from Tennents, bartender Ivana Figala, managerSharon McBride, and Sean Lock.
From left; Alan Hay from Tennents, bartender Ivana Figala, managerSharon McBride, and Sean Lock.

Staff and customers at a Kirkcaldy pub are celebrating this week after winning a national award.

The Penny Farthing on the High Street won the Beer Quality Award at the Scottish Licenced Trade News (SLTN) Awards.

The award, sponsored by Tennent’s, was judged on the care that staff put into storing, pouring, and caring for their beers.

The pub beat other finalists in Edinburgh and Dundee, and was presented with the award at an event in Glasgow, hosted by TV comedian Sean Lock.

Bar manager Sharon McBride said: “It felt pretty amazing to receive the award.

“We were up against two strong contenders in the final – one of which is a beer hall in Edinburgh, so we were really pleased.

“For me, the staff, and the customers, it’s just fantastic.

“It’s great to see the staff get recognition for all their hard work.”

Elsewhere in Fife, The Adamson in St Andrews, was named Boutique Bar of the Year, and The Ship Inn, Elie came runner-up in Gastropub of the Year.

Claire Nicoll, of The Keys Bar, St Andrews, was also highly commended in the Bartender of the Year category.

SLTN editor Gillian McKenzie said: “SLTN has reported on, and for, the Scottish licensed trade for more than 50 years and while trading conditions today might be tougher than they’ve ever been, the standard of premises has never been higher.

“Pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels play a vital role in Scotland as the heartbeat of communities – providing a warm welcome to tourists and as major employers. Their importance must not be overlooked.

“The SLTN Awards are all about celebrating the very best of Scotland’s licensed trade and the standard this year was really was exceptional.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our SLTN Award winners and highly commended finalists who deserve enormous credit for displaying the high standards, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit our industry is renowned for.”