The Bow Bar near Edinburgh Castle is best pub in Scotland

Edinburgh’s Bow Bar has been named Scotland’s Pub of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards.

It is the AA’s ultimate accolade for pubs in the UK and winners stand out as excellent all-round pubs or inns.

They combine the provision of enjoyable food, a great pub atmosphere and a warm welcome with a high standard of management.

Mike Smith, manager of the Bow Bar in West Bow, said: “Managing an independent bar allows for a lot more creativity so we put a lot of energy into making a simple formula a success.

“To be recognised for these efforts is a real honour.”

An AA Hotel Inspector said of the Bow Bar: “For any whisky or beer connoisseur, the Bow Bar is an absolute delight.”