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Hospitality Ulster's Pub of the Year Awards 2016: Belfast bar The National, Enniskillen Taphouse and Galgorm Resort among the big winners

Published 17/11/2016

Morgan Watson, Horiatio Todd’s, Belfast, winner of Food & Beverage Manager of the Year at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Morgan Watson, Horiatio Todd’s, Belfast, winner of Food & Beverage Manager of the Year at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Sinead Eastwood, Bronagh Bennett and Leigh-Anne Deegan, The National & sixty6, Belfast, winners of Pub of the Year City at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Kristofer Charteris, Kiwi’s Brew Bar, Portrush, winners of Pub of the Year Urban at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Simon Baxter, Alan Bryce, Martha Davis, Allister McCrellis and Victoria McFettridge, Matties Meeting House, Cairncastle, Larne, winners of the Pub of the Year Rural Award at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Ciaran Kelly, Dale Ebbitt, Matthew McCrea, The Taphouse, Enniskillen, winners of Commitment to Local Food Pub in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Sean McCann, Marianne Hood and Simon Dougan, NATIVE By Yellow Door, The MAC, Belfast, winners of Commitment to Local Food Restaurant in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster with Michele Shirlow, Food NI at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Alan Walls and Eddie McGarvey, Bushmills Inn, Bushmills, winners of Commitment to Local Food Hotel in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Paul Rocks, Aether & Echo, Belfast, winner of Barperson of the Year in association with Sunday Life with Ivan Little, Sunday Life at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Marty Black, Paula Keane, Breandán Kerr and Des Watters, Ivanhoe Inn and Hotel, Carryduff, winners of Hotel Bar of the Year 1, 2 & 3 Star at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Jordan Millar, Matthew McClure, Sean White and Declan O’Kane, Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena, winners of Hotel Bar of the Year 4-5 Star at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Hollie Ford, Ulster University graduate (Culinary Arts Management) and pastry chef at Deanes EIPIC, winner of the Hospitality Ulster Rising Star Award in partnership with Ulster University at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Stephen Reynolds, Sarah Hamilton, Maggie Magee, Marie Reynolds and Kevin McGill, The Front Page Bar, Ballymena, winners of the Commitment to the Community award at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Henry McGlone, Dorman’s, Mary’s Bar and Secrets Nightclub, Magherafelt, winner of the Industry Legend award in partnership with Hospitality Review NI at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.

Which Belfast bar came out on top in the Hospitality Ulster Pub of the Year Awards 2016?

The search to find the cream of the local crop came to a conclusion on Wednesday night at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016. 

Following a record number of entries from pubs, hotels and restaurants, a total of 46 shortlisted premises and individuals from right across Northern Ireland went head to head to be named the toast of the trade.

A total of 13 awards were presented at the ceremony, which was hosted by U105 presenter Frank Mitchell.

< Click through the above pictures to see all the winners >

Olga Walls, chairman of Hospitality of Ulster, said: “Our Awards recognise and reward excellence and the important contribution local venues make, not only within their own communities, but to th e hospitality industry as a whole.

“This year we further developed our award categories to ensure we recognise all the people and businesses, from the rising stars to seasoned pros that make Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry world-famous. Standards were higher than ever this year, which is a real indication of the high quality and diversity of the sector.

“I would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and commend all of our shortlisted venues and finalists; to reach the final of a competition of this calibre is no mean feat; each and every one should be proud to be counted amongst the best in Northern Ireland.” 

Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards are the only industry recognised awards. After rigorous judging by the panel, the shortlisted premises from across Northern Ireland were put through their paces with mystery shoppers visiting their premises, ensuring they adhere to best industry standards before the winners were decided.

This year’s Awards are supported by Britvic, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Dillon Bass, Drinks Inc., Henderson Foods, Molson Coors, Richmond Marketing, Tennent’s NI, United Wine Merchants, and media partners, Sunday Life, Hospitality Review NI and U105.

Sinead Eastwood, Bronagh Bennett and Leigh-Anne Deegan, The National & sixty6, at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Sinead Eastwood, Bronagh Bennett and Leigh-Anne Deegan, The National & sixty6, at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
The team from Mary’s Bar, Magherafelt at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016 at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
The team from Mary’s Bar, Magherafelt at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016 at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Olga Walls, chair, Hospitality Ulster and husband Alastair Patterson at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Colin Neill, CEO, Hospitality Ulster and Terrence Brannigan, Chair, Tourism NI at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016 at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Joel Neill, Charlotte Fogarty, Laura Carland and Colin Neill, Hospitality Ulster at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016 at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Sean Chambers, Siobhan O’Sullivan and Barra Best at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Joel Neill, operations director, Hospitality Ulster and Danielle Neill at Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016 at Plaza Hotel, Belfast. Picture by Kelvin Boyes, Press Eye.
Olga Walls and Terence Brannigan pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Olga Walls and Stevie Davison pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Philip Smith, Colin Neill and Steve Aiken pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Stephen Ross, Paula Bradley and Colin Neill pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Katie Reid, Niamh Everard and Judith Evans pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Sarah Young, Cathy Fox and Denise Stone pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Clare Goddard and Michael Bell pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Staff from Red pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Lesa McCann, David Egan and Mairead Egan pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Eileen Caldwell, Rory McNally, Kelly McIlroy and Martin Caldwell pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Silly Dougan, Simon Dougan, Marieann Hood, Frazer Hood, Aisling McAuley and Sean McCann pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Iris Houston, Neil Gordon and Jenny Henry pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Steven Kilgore, David Kennedy and Andrew Gargan pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Staff from the Yellow Heifer pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Trudy Brolly, Geraldine McLaughlin and Sean Mclaughlin pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Staff from the Lobster Pot pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Catriona Friel, Bridie McConomy, Louise McGrath and Laura Kearney pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Trudy Brolly, John Brolly and Geraldine McLaughlin pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Anthony Magee, Jennifer Magee White, Pat Cole and Rodney Cole pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Laura Abbitt and Denise Woods pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
David Warner, Stephen Perry and Chris Kearney pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Joel Neill, David Rutherford, Jackson Whistle and Mark Brooks pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Joe McDermott, Eileen McDermott, Denise Falls and Maurice Regan pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Rod McIlroy and Ann-Marie McDonagh pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Laura Carland, Joel Neill, Danielle Neill, Charlotte Fogarty and Chris McAteer pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster
Ryan Morgan, Ryan McFarland and Paul Hanna, Molson Coors, pictured at the Pub Of The Year Awards 2016 organised by Hospitality Ulster

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