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Local Stirling Pubs Scoop National Recognition


Categories: Constituency, Food and Drink, Local Business

Alyn Smith MP has praised three Stirling pubs, as the winners of the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards 2021 were unveiled this week.

Organised by DRAM magazine, Scotland’s leading monthly license trade magazine, the awards sought to recognise the very best of talent from across the nation.

Sandy Fraser, from the Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha, walked away with the award for Lifetime Achievement, whilst Gartmore’s very own Black Bull got through to the Finals for Community Pub of the Year. The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle, bagged the Antos Dog Friendly Pub of the Year award.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘The licensed trade remains at the forefront of Stirling’s fantastic food and drink scene, with bars and pubs occupying a special place in the hearts and high streets of communities all over Stirling. The pandemic has been hellish for so many publicans over the past 18 months, but they’ve continued to serve their communities more than just pints. 

‘I wish Sandy at the Oak Tree Inn my very best wishes on the well deserved award, and congratulate the Black Bull for getting through to the finals. Dog owners can be assured of a cosy evening at The Forth Inn, Aberfoyle – my hats off to them for their award too. All three pubs are institutions in their communities, and I’d urge the public to pay them a visit if they can.’


More information on the awards is available here.