Belfast Telegraph

Contenders for Ulster's Pub of the Year Awards

The search to find Northern Ireland's best pubs heats up this week, as the shortlist for Pubs of Ulster's Pub of the Year Awards 2013 is revealed.

Forty premises from right across Northern Ireland will now go head-to-head to be named the toast of the trade at the top industry awards next month.

Winners of eight award categories – including the hotly contested overall Pub of the Year 2013 – will be revealed at a special gala awards night hosted by Apprentice star, Jim Eastwood, at the La Mon Hotel and Country Club on November 13.

Pubs of Ulster chairman, Mark Stewart, said: "I would like to congratulate all of the shortlisted pubs and wish them the very best of luck at next month's Pub of the Year Awards."

The Pub of the Year Awards are the only industry recognised awards and are supported by Belfast Distillery Company, Britvic, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Dillon Bass, Heineken Northern Ireland, Molson Coors, Richmond Marketing, Tennent's NI, and Drinks Inc, plus media partners, Sunday Life, U105 and Hospitality Review NI.

Tickets to the Pubs of Ulster Gala Awards night cost £75 per person and can be booked by emailing Paula Kane on paula@mcepublicrelations.com

For more information visit www.nipuboftheyear.com

The shortlist:

Best Barperson (in association with The Sunday Life)

Fergal Donnelly, Hudson Bar, Belfast

Joe Havlin, The Fountain Bar, Belfast

Margaret Ferguson, The Lakeside Inn, Ballydugan, Co Down

Maggie McGaughey, The Front Page, Ballymena, Co Antrim

Willie Gregg, The Harbour Bar, Portrush, Co Antrim

Best Entertainment

Devenish Bar, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

The Garrick, Belfast

The Limelight, Belfast

Mayfly Inn, Kesh, Co Fermanagh

The Wild Duck Inn, Portglenone, Co Antrim

Best Charity Initiative

The Cellar Bar (Port Hotel), Portrush, Co Antrim

The Harbour Bar, Portrush, Co Antrim

The Hudson Bar, Belfast

The Lakeside Inn, Ballydugan, Co Down

Jack's Bar at Walsh's Hotel, Maghera, Co Londonderry

Best Marketing Initiative

The Crooked Mile, Dunmurry

Devenish Bar, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

The Harbour Bar, Portrush, Co Antrim

The Hudson Bar, Belfast

The Wild Duck Inn, Portglenone, Co Antrim

Best Big Idea

Alley Cat, Belfast

The Garrick, Belfast

The Harbour Bar, Portrush, Co Antrim

The John Hewitt, Belfast

The Wild Duck Inn, Portglenone, Co Antrim

Best Food

The Dirty Duck Alehouse, Holywood, Co Down

The Elk, Toomebridge, Co Antrim

The Grouse Inn, Ballymena, Co Antrim

The Harbour Bar, Portrush, Co Antrim

The Wild Duck Inn, Portglenone, Co Antrim

Best New/Improved

Alley Cat, Belfast, Co Antrim

The Bentley Bar, Derry/Londonderry

The Corner House, Lurgan, Co Armagh

Euphoria, Portadown, Co Armagh

The Hudson Bar, Belfast

Pub of the Year

The Dirty Duck Alehouse, Holywood, Co Down

The Garrick, Belfast, Co Antrim

The Harbour Bar, Portrush, Co Antrim

Horatio Todd's, Belfast

Kelly's Cellars, Belfast

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