Published: 19/05/2017 07:00 - Updated: 18/05/2017 14:36

Inverness restaurant strikes lucky at prestigious Scottish Food Awards

Written byRachel Treasurer

Owners Jo and Leigh Mitchell proudly show off their awards alongside staff (from left) Ewan MacInnes, Antonio Ravelli, Clara McCreath and Alisha Spear.
Owners Jo and Leigh Mitchell proudly show off their awards alongside staff (from left) Ewan MacInnes, Antonio Ravelli, Clara McCreath and Alisha Spear.

AN Inverness restaurant has won two accolades at a national food awards ceremony in Edinburgh.

Staff at the Riverside Restaurant in Inverness were first delighted to claim a gold medal for real and local food at the prestigious Scottish Food Awards and Academy in Edinburgh.

However, at the same awards ceremony, they were then also handed a prize for Inverness Neighbourhood Restaurant of the year.

The Riverside Restaurant is a family owned business which has been run by Jo and Leigh Mitchell since 2012.

They had previously spent 12 years working in the Highland hospitality trade.

The restaurant was anonymously put forward for the awards ceremony by a mystery diner with the owners finding out they had been nominated by letter.

Mrs Mitchell was surprised to win the two awards but was very grateful to the person who put their restaurant forward.

She thanked all of the staff at the restaurant and credited them for winning the award.

“It was all a mystery to us,” she said.

“The first we heard of it was an anonymous nomination in the post by a mystery diner. We were really surprised.

“It’s good for the restaurant, not just for us, but for the staff as well because they make it what it is.

“We were absolutely delighted to win.”

The popular restaurant is located overlooking the River Ness on Bank Street.

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