Vil­lage pub rais­ing a glass after awards joy

Swan Inn’s tri­umph

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Sian Ma­her

An Ea­gle­sham pub has ruf­fled the drinks in­dus­try’s feath­ers – after scoop­ing a cov­eted awards dou­ble.

The Swan Inn has been named Sun­day Mail Pub of the Year and Coun­try Pub of the Year at this year’s Scot­tish Bar and Pub Awards.

The pop­u­lar vil­lage bar and restau­rant’s staff are burst­ing with pride as they cel­e­brate their new­found ti­tle as the na­tion’s best pub.

Owner Marco Sarao re­cently took over the busi­ness but ad­mit­ted he didn’t be­lieve they could win.

He said: “I and the rest of the team, col­lec­tively, feel ab­so­lutely ec­static after win­ning the awards.

“We knew we were nom­i­nated for the two awards but didn’t have the faith that we should have as we were up against the big­gest and the best pubs from all over Scot­land.

“We’re ex­tremely proud of what the pub has achieved and can’t thank our sup­port­ers,who took the time to vote for us, enough.”

Marco ded­i­cated the bar’s suc­cess to his staff and cus­tomers and added: “I think the de­cid­ing fac­tors in our win­ning of th­ese awards were our de­voted cus­tomers and our dili­gent, cour­te­ous and gen­er­ous staff who have been trained to pro­vide ex­cep­tional ser­vice.

“The pub it­self is a ca­sual, fun and fam­ily friendly place. It has a great at­mos­phere and you’re al­ways guar­an­teed a bit of ban­ter when you’re there. To re­ceive th­ese awards is re­ally quite phe­nom­e­nal.

“Our ul­ti­mate aim as a busi­ness is to give back to the com­mu­nity. We’d like to con­sider our­selves as play­ing a role in putting Ea­gle­sham back on the map.”

Swan Inn man­ager Heather Lis­ter told our sis­ter pa­per, the Sun­day Mail: “The last 18 months have been a won­der­ful whirl­wind.

“New own­ers have trans­formed the Swan into a bustling bar and restau­rant.”

Cheers! Swan Inn staff cel­e­brate their Sun­day Mail Pub of the Year suc­cess

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