An Aberdeenshire country hotel has won the accolade of Hotel Bar of the Year for its 800-year-old whisky cave.
Meldrum House which is based in Oldmeldrum was awarded the title at the Whisky Magazine Icon Awards on Friday for its Cave Bar.
Taking place at Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh, the 51-bedroomed property was up against 11 of Scotland’s top hotels including The Balmoral, The Torridon, The Craigellachie and Dornoch Castle.
CEO at Meldrum House Andy Burgess 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 £4.5 million 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.