Meldrum House wins hotel bar of the year award

CEO of Meldrum House Country Hotel, Andy Burgess
CEO of Meldrum House Country Hotel, Andy Burgess

Meldrum House, the independent country hotel in Oldmeldrum has been awarded Hotel Bar of the Year by the Whisky Magazine Icon Awards.

CEO of Meldrum House Country Hotel, Andy Burgess attended the event at Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh where the hotel’s Cave Bar had been shortlisted for the acclaimed award alongside 11 of Scotland’s top hotels including The Balmoral, The Torridon, The Craigellachie and Dornoch Castle.

The 51-bedroomed property is no stranger to awards this year as it follows the announcement 2 weeks ago that the hotel had scooped Most Hospitable Hotel for the 6th time at the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards, which qualifies them for a prestigious Scottish Thistle Award in 2019.  In the summer the hotel was also crowned UK’s Best Boutique Hotel by Luxury Lifestyle magazine.

Cave Bar at Meldrum House
Cave Bar at Meldrum House

Andy Burgess, CEO at Meldrum House said; “It is an honour to win this award against such stiff competition.  We have a very unique bar which is part of the rich history here at Meldrum House.  It showcases over 120 whiskies, a huge selection of spirits including many from the local area, cocktails and a casual dining menu.  This has been an amazing year for the hotel, and these achievements are no mean feat.  With over 100 staff, it’s a huge team effort that goes into making Meldrum House what it is today and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them for all their hard work.”

The 800-year old Cave Bar is housed in one of the oldest parts of the hotel.  Refurbished in 2016 when the hotel underwent a £4.5million refurbishment, the bar was extended into two original turrets of the hotel and an exclusive Whisky Club with lockers for members was created.  An Old and Rare Cabinet as you enter, stocks an array of unique whiskies from distilleries that no longer exist, alongside some fine cognacs.  A new outdoor terrace was also added with views across their 240-acre estate.

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