Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Who is cream of the crop in Ulster's hospitality sector?

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Pictured at the awards Garvan Rice, sales director, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn, Winner of Industry Achievement Award Danny Rice, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn and awards host Roy Walker.
Pictured at the awards Winner of Industry Achievement Award Danny Rice, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn and awards sponsor Jordana Busby, Molson Coors, Brands Marketing Manager.
Bill Penton, publisher, Licensed & Catering News; Aaron McHenry & Gemma McHenry, Central Wine Bar, Ballycastle; Jordana Busby, brands marketing manager, Molson Coors; Philip McHenry, Central Wine Bar, Ballycastle, winner of the Bar of the Year Award (sponsored by Coors Light) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Michael Deeney, general manager, Glassdon Recycling and Phillip Long, Phillip Long, Rockmount Golf Club & Restaurant, Carryduff, winner of the Bar Person of the Year Award (sponsored by Glassdon Recycling) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Matthew Wright & Jennifer Wright, Groucho’s Café Bar, Armagh; Claire Flaherty, sales and marketing executive for Galway Crystal (part of the Belleek Group); Sarah Kershaw and Mervyn Steenson, Groucho’s Café Bar, winners of Country Pub of the Year (sponsored by Galway Crystal) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Mark Wilson, Mary’s Bar, Magherafelt, winner of the Food Pub of the Year Award (sponsored by GO Belfast magazine) and Stephen Staerke, GO Belfast at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Lorna Allen, senior account executive, Cactus PR & Communications and James Toal, winner of the Hospitality Trainee of the Year Award (sponsored by Cactus PR & Communications) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Colin Doyle, The Shepherd’s Rest, Draperstown; Amanda Ramsey, interior designer, Interiors & Floor Design; Josephine Doyle; Brenda Doyle and Michael Doyle, The Shepherd’s Rest, Draperstown, winners of the Tourism Initiative of the Year Award (sponsored by Interiors & Floor Design) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
John O’Reilly, Horatio Todd’s Bar & Restaurant, winner of the Style Bar of the Year Award (sponsored by MKB Russells Solicitors) and Maria Conway, partner, MKB Russells Solicitors at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Michaela Clarke and Lisa Carlim, Oysters Restaurant, Strabane; Anthony Mulligan, sales manager, Flogas; Kevin Clarke; Caroline Clarke and Colin McMenamin, Oysters Restaurant, Strabane, winners of the Restaurant of the Year Award (sponsored by Flogas) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Gareth Loughran, off trade sales manager, Molson Coors and Henry McGlone, publican, Dorman’s & The Opera, Magherafelt, winner of the Publican of the Year Award (sponsored by Carling) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Brendan Loughran, sales controller (Ireland), Beverage Brands; Tom Bell and Stephen Campbell, winners of the Off-Licence of the Year Award (Sponsored by WKD) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
John McGirr & Oonagh McGirr, Sally’s, Omagh; Des O’Hare, MD of Janus Interiors on behalf of category sponsor, Richard in Association with Janus Interiors; Aisling McKenna & Mickey McBride, winners of the Nightclub of the Year Award (sponsored by Richard in Association) with Janus Interiors at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Jennifer Ferguson & Ian Orr, winners of the Newcomer of the Year Award (sponsored by LSFX); Darren Gardiner, managing director, LSFX at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Margaret McPhillips, Hastings Everglades Hotel, Derry; Paul Moffett, managing director, Balmoral Office & Contract Interiors; Tricia McCloskey; James Toal; Paula McEley & Marian Kelly, Hastings Everglades Hotel, Derry, winner of the Hotel of the Year (up to 75 Rooms) Award (sponsored by Balmoral Office & Contract Interiors) at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.
Samantha Ferguson and George Graham, Radisson Blue Roe Park Resort, Limavaddy; winners of the Hotel of the Year (Over 75 Rooms) Award (sponsored by NI Visitors Journal) and Brenda Courtney, NI Visitors Journal at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.

The Hastings Everglades Hotel in the Waterside has lifted the Hotel Of the Year award at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards.

The most prestigious awards for the licensed, catering, tourism and hospitality industry, the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards are independently judged by industry watchdog Spotcheck NI.

The awards are used to raise industry standards, reward innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and professionalism across all sectors.

The Everglades in Prehen won the Hotel of the Year Award (for hotels of less than 75 rooms) for Northern Ireland at the ceremony in Belfast.

In addition, the Everglades own trainee manager James Toal was named Hospitality Trainee Manager of the Year.

Judges commented on the Everglades’ recent sophisticated refurbishment and the contemporary feel of the hotel, as well as approving the fact that local artists’ work is displayed throughout the property, and the significant investment Hastings Hotels make in staff training at the Everglades.

Judges also said they were thoroughly impressed with the level of customer service throughout the hotel and particularly mentioned the impression James Toal had made.

Stephen Redden, general manager of the Everglades Hotel was delighted with the double win.

He said: “Here at the Everglades we are thrilled to have the hard work and dedication of all the staff recognised by these prestigious awards.

“It is always a boost to get this kind of recognition, and I am also very pleased that James Toal’s drive and ambition have also garnered such high praise – he is a great example and role model to other staff members.”

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