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Revealed: Belfast bar named Northern Ireland's best pub

A Belfast bar has been crowned the best pub in Northern Ireland at the National Pub and Bar Awards.

The Northern Whig in the city's Cathedral Quarter was the regional winner for Co Antrim and went on to take the prestigious title at the National Pub and Bar Awards ceremony in London on Tuesday.

The bar and restaurant is part of the Horatio Group and underwent a major £300,000 refit in 2016.

Stephen Magorrian, Managing Director of the Horatio Group said they were "absolutely thrilled" with the accolade.

He said: “Hospitality is an industry that never stands still, and people are central to our business.  This award is a huge credit to our dedicated team of 40 at the Northern Whig,  who have delivered exceptional service, food, and customer care since we opened the doors of the new look Whig last May."

General Manager of the Northern Whig, Gerard Keaney, added: "There are many fantastic pubs and bars throughout Northern Ireland, so to be named the best really is a remarkable achievement and honour.

In total, 94 pubs from across Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland were at the award ceremony in London having been selected as the best in their County.

Judges travelled across Northern Ireland rating bars and pubs on service, selection, design and entertainment.  

Organised by Pub and Bar magazine, the awards brought together the top pubs and bars from across the UK – including six regional winners from Northern Ireland.

These included:

  • Co Antrim - Northern Whig
  • Co Down - Denvir’s Coaching Inn
  • Co Armagh - The Corner House
  • Co Fermanagh - The Taphouse
  • Co Londonderry - Dormans
  • Co Tyrone - Time Bar

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