Burts Hotel in Melrose has been judged the Overall Winner of the Scottish Borders Tourist Board's Best Eating Place Competition. The hotel has been short-listed in the competition every year since 1994, often taking a category first prize. This year the Hotel reaps its reward for maintaining consistent high standards.
Burts has thoroughly earned the overall winner's title according to Riddell Graham, Scottish Borders Tourist Board Chief Executive and Chairman of the competition judges panel.
Competition co-ordinator, Catherine Tuff of TFC Food Services agreed.
Head Chef Gary Moore works tirelessly to produce excellent, innovative and imaginative Bar and Restaurant Meals, often working exclusively with local produce. His kitchen brigade are widely recognised as achieving superb results since the Hotel has also earned 2 AA Rosettes and was Runner up for the Hotel of the Year in the 1998 Taste of Scotland Macallan Awards.
Scotch Quality Beef and Lamb's PR Officer Liz Welsh was especially pleased with the results. She commented
Burts have shown excellent quality in their meals for many years and we are delighted that a member of the Scotch Beef Club should receive this recognition of their hard work.
The Competition is also sponsored by Broughton Ales and additionally this year by Angus, Lothian and Borders Co-op. The Scottish Borders Leader II European Programme supported the production of last year's Guide to Eating Out thus publicity for the Competition.