Falkirk hotel boss scoops top accolade

Steven McLeod.
Steven McLeod.
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A former kitchen porter who rose to be chief executive of his own hotel group has been named Scottish Hotelier of the Year.

Steven McLeod picked up the prestigious accolade at the Scottish Hotel Awards at the weekend.

He was honoured by his peers from all sections of the hotel and hospitality industry at the glittering ceremony in the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, on Sunday.

His personal award was one of seven picked up on the evening by Aurora Hotels.

The Coach House at Glenbervie, near Larbert, received one of six Design Gold Medals, while Linsey Scott, executive chef of Aurora Hotels, collected one of four Hotel Executive Chef Médaille d’Or.

Aurora Hotel Collection won the Marketing Award.

Mr McLeod’s latest acquisition, the Cairn Lodge and Hotel in Auchterarder, which only opened last month, received three awards – Scotland’s Sexiest Hotel, The Scottish Hotel Design Award and Rising Star Luxury Hotel.

Following the ceremony, he said: “I’m delighted that the group has received recognition at these prestigious national awards. It’s testament to the hard work and commitment of my team and I’m very proud of them.”

Talking about his personal accolade, he added: “Naturally, I’m very proud to have been honoured by my peers and to have won Scottish Hotelier of the Year, but this award is not a reflection of my hard work alone. I have recruited a great team of professionals who have both the experience and enthusiasm to deliver unrivalled service and quality to our guests.

“This has played a huge part in my success and I couldn’t do it without them.”

He started out as a kitchen porter, aged 14, in the Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan, before working his way up, eventually acquiring his first hotel seven years ago.

The Aurora Hotel Collection includes Airth Castle Hotel and Spa, Glenbervie House Hotel, Solsgirth House, near Dollar, The Kenmore Hotel and Luxury Lodges close to the River Tay and next year will see the opening of Hotel Colessio in Stirling.