Hat-trick joy as Shu is named best restaurant... again
South Belfast restaurant Shu has claimed the Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland title for the third year in a row at the 2014 National Restaurant Awards – the industry's most important annual event.
The popular Lisburn Road eatery ranked 76th in the UK, moving up 10 places from 2013, at the awards ceremony which celebrates the 100 best places to eat out in the UK.
The 100 best are voted for by 150 experts in the National Restaurant Awards Academy.
Judges were impressed by the innovative menu created by head chef Brian McCann and by the consistency of service and hospitality provided by restaurant manager Julian Henry's front-of-house team.
Owned by restaurateur Alan Reid, Shu is the first restaurant in Northern Ireland to land the accolade for three years running.
A spokeswoman said the team was "understandably delighted" to emerge once again as the only restaurant in Northern Ireland in the listing.
Mr Reid and Mr Henry collected the award on Monday night night at a glittering ceremony held at the Hurlingham Club London.
The hat-trick of success reinforces the restaurant's position as one the shining lights in the Northern Ireland hospitality sector.
Mr Reid said: "We are delighted and humbled to have once again been awarded Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland.
"To be ranked in the UK's top 100 restaurants is such a huge honour for every one of us.
"I am so pleased for our team as the accolade is a testament to the hard work they all put in on a daily basis to maintain the high standards we have set ourselves to create an exceptional guest experience."