St Andrews businesswoman picks up top hospitality award

Fri 18 May 18

The Adamson in St Andrews and has been named 'Scotland’s Best Bar' at a glittering awards ceremony in Glasgow last night. 


The upmarket cocktail bar, which opened in the Fife town’s South Street over two years ago, was announced winner of 'Scotland's Best Bar' at the final of the 'BWS Women in Business and Hospitality Awards' held at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel. 


Now in its second year, the Business Women Scotland awards aim to recognise the achievements of females in the tourism and hospitality industry in Scotland. 


Almost 200 entries from across Scotland were shortlisted across 10 categories which recognise outstanding achievements by women in the hospitality sector. The final decision was made following an independent judging process which saw a panel of adjudicators including David Cochrane Chief Executive of HIT Scotland, Fiona Richmond, Special Projects manager at Scotland Food & Drink and Susan Russell, Chair of Women in Tourism, challenged with the task of whittling these down to just 33 finalists.


Julie Lewis, Founder and Managing Director of The Adamson, said she was shocked when the result was announced;


“The Adamson were up against very stiff competition from well-known and well-established bars from across Scotland. I was delighted that we had been shortlisted among such prestigious company, but I never expected to win - I am so proud of my team”.


“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our loyal customers – we would not have done this without their support. I have a fantastic team at The Adamson and the award recognises the contribution they all make to its success.”


BWS founding director, Lynne Kennedy, notes: 


“Without doubt, a strong and growing hospitality and tourism sector is vital to the overall Scottish economy. Scottish Government reports show that the total turnover in the Sustainable Tourism growth sector was £6.9 billion in 2015, with the hospitality sector accounting for over 82.5% of turnover. It’s also a sector where thousands of women are employed in hugely important roles, however a disproportionate number of these are in senior leadership positions. With these awards, we aim to both highlight and celebrate the value of the talented women who are successfully blazing the trail in the sector.”


The Adamson carries an extensive cocktail selection with more than 40 cocktails, an impressive wine and champagne list and has recently expanded their whisky offerings to meet their customer demands.


Employees at the multi award winning restaurant and bar also undergo regular training sessions with experts from the drinks industry to increase their knowledge, appreciation and understanding of trends. 


Julie, a well-known businesswomen, created The Adamson in response to growing tourism demands in the St Andrews and Fife area. She grew up in Edinburgh and was fascinated by business and food from an early age. She is a mother of two and has ran the successful business with her family for 6 years. Before opening The Adamson, she was the Brand and Marketing Director at Living Ventures; as well as working across the UK with restaurant brands TGI, Browns and All Bar One; and has received a number of accolades for her contribution to business including 'Scotland’s Restaurant of the Year', 'Casual Restaurant of the Year' and most recently 'Best Family Business' for the restaurant and bar.

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