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17 August 2017, 07:21
An acclaimed island eatery has been named restaurant of the year in the 2018 Good Food Guide.
The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye fought off competition from across the UK to scoop the guide's top editors' award.
The award comes as the restaurant makes its first appearance in the book's UK top 50, sitting at number 25 on the list.
Judges praised the restaurant's apparently effortless style and its sourcing of local ingredients.
Head chef Scott Davies said he was "thrilled" with the award.
"As chefs in the kitchen we have our heads down with the blinkers on, getting on with the job," he said.
"So it was a bolt out of the blue to get a call from the editor of the Good Food Guide and find out that the Three Chimneys has won restaurant of the year.
"I was so thrilled. Even happier because the award celebrates our closeness to our suppliers, the seasonality of our produce, and of course good food and great service. So it is a huge honour for all of the team at the Three Chimneys and our local community."
Guide editor Elizabeth Carter said: "It is superbly satisfying to come across a restaurant that knows just what it's doing, without seeming to try.
"Chef Scott Davies is evangelistic about Skye's culinary heritage and his menus are strongly rooted in the immediate area - most ingredients come from a 20-mile radius.
"This is where the Three Chimneys truly excels and makes its mark - in the quality of those raw ingredients and in the rich depth of flavour that distinguishes every dish. This is memorable, engaging cooking served by a proud team."
The restaurant of the year award is separate to the guide list - which is driven by cooking skill - and is typically awarded to an eatery that has shown either a marked progression or consistent excellence and innovation over a period of time.
Scotland has one restaurant in the guide's top 10, six in the top 50, and 12 new entries.
The top-scoring eatery in Scotland, reaching eighth place, is Restaurant Andrew Fairlie in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross.
The guide said its French approach to outstanding Scottish produce created dishes that have "an obvious classical gloss".
The remaining four Scottish restaurants in the top 50 are The Peat Inn in Fife (22) and Edinburgh's The Kitchin (23), Castle Terrace (29) and Restaurant Martin Wishart (41).
New entries in the guide include 1887 at the Torridon in the Highlands, Alchemilla in Glasgow and Castlehill in Dundee.
The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose on September 4.