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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

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.

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