The Hollybush Inn has been named the best bar in East Ayrshire by a national awards competition.

The popular restaurant, on the outskirts of Hollybush, was crowned the county champion as part of the  2024 National Pub and Bar Awards.

The awards are held annually with champions named across nearly 100 counties in the UK each year. 

A number of entries were made into the competition this year with a final decision made based on overall best practice across several operational categories.

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub and Bar magazine, which runs the event commented: “The fact that we had record entries for the 2024 National Pub and Bar Awards tells us two things.

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"One is how highly the industry regards these accolades, which is fantastic.

"But, also, it shows that more operators are in need of really positive and strong publicity to help drive business at the moment.

"Pubs and bars are facing some of the biggest challenges in recent history, so if the National Pub and Bar Awards can help by lifting sales across these venues, then we’re delighted to play our part.”

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Winning businesses will officially take their crown on June 26 when the awards grand final is held in London.

Other Ayrshire winners include Vic's in Prestwick for South Ayrshire and The Carrick in Irvine for North Ayrshire.