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Tain pub’s gratitude to punters after regional award shortlisting

By Niall Harkiss

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Scott Crombie and Caroline Henderson, co-owners of the Star Inn in Tain.
Scott Crombie and Caroline Henderson, co-owners of the Star Inn in Tain.

A pair of “humbled” Tain publicans are in the running for regional honours at this year’s Scotland’s Business Awards — after just one year of operation.

The Star Inn, owned and run by Scott Crombie and Caroline Henderson since 2023, has been named as one of several finalists vying for the title of “Best Licensed Traders” in the Highlands after it was shortlisted for the category back in March.


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Businesses from across the north will be in attendance at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness this Sunday, hoping to land a place at this year’s grand final in Glasgow in November.

Shortlisted nominees, Mr Crombie and Ms Henderson, have spent the past year breathing new life into “The Star” by hosting events for punters, such as live TV sport, and karaoke and DJ nights.

They have also held a number of charitable events such as darts competitions and quiz nights, in aid of mental health support charity, Mikeysline.

A fundraising weekend of events last August raised £1100 before a further drive in December raised over £2000 for MFR's Cash for Kids campaign.

The Tain pub celebrated its one year anniversary on March 26.

Mr Crombie believes that their loyal customer base are at the heart of their success.

He said: “To be nominated back in the Autumn was good enough for us, but to make it into the final is very humbling and it shows that all of our hard work is paying off. If we win this we will move onto the grand finals in Glasgow in November.

“We’ve had the business for just over a year now after taking it over in April 2023. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride so far, but nights like this make it all the worthwhile.

“We can’t thank our punters enough for making The Star, “The Star”. Long may it continue.”

This year’s regional presentations are to be held on Sunday, April 21 at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.

Votes for this year’s nominees can be cast at nominees.info/vote.

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