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Hospitality Ulster's Pub of the Year awards short list is revealed

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Published 23/10/2016

l Rebecca Maguire and Colin Neill, CEO Hospitality Ulster toast the announcement of the shortlist for Hospitality Ulsters Pub of the Year Awards 2016 fast approaches. A total of 46 venues and individuals will battle it out for the 13 Awards, which have been designed to highlight the very best that the hospitality industry are up for grabs. For further information and to see the full shortlist, visit www.nipuboftheyear.org
l Rebecca Maguire and Colin Neill, CEO Hospitality Ulster toast the announcement of the shortlist for Hospitality Ulsters Pub of the Year Awards 2016 fast approaches. A total of 46 venues and individuals will battle it out for the 13 Awards, which have been designed to highlight the very best that the hospitality industry are up for grabs. For further information and to see the full shortlist, visit www.nipuboftheyear.org

The short list for the hotly contested Hospitality Ulster's Pub of the Year awards has been revealed.

Following a record number of entries from pubs, hotels and restaurants, a total of 46 shortlisted premises and individuals from right across Northern Ireland will now go head to head to be named the toast of the trade at the top industry Awards next month.

Winners of the 13 Awards will be revealed at a special gala awards night hosted by U105 presenter, Frank Mitchell, at the Ramada Plaza on Wednesday November 16, 2016.

New for 2016, Hospitality Ulster has introduced a Food & Beverage Manager of the Year Award which is open to entrants from pubs, restaurants and hotels.

Three individual Pub of the Year Awards will recognise the best pubs and bars in rural, urban and city locations across Northern Ireland and this year’s Awards will once again recognise the growing importance of locally sourced food, through three Commitment to Local Food Awards for pubs, restaurants and hotels (in partnership with Food NI).

A Commitment to the Community Award will recognise the immense contribution hospitality businesses make within their local communities and in the Hotel Bar of the Year category, there will be two Awards: Hotel Bar of the Year (1* - 3*) and Hotel Bar of the Year (4* - 5*).

One Award category invited nominations from the general public, with the public nominating their favourite barperson through The Sunday Life, which is joining forces with Hospitality Ulster once again to search for Northern Ireland’s Barperson of the Year.

The Awards will also recognise the industry’s rising stars and those that have played a vital role in shaping the sector with two new Awards: Hospitality Ulster’s Rising Star (in partnership with Ulster University) and the Industry Legend Award (in partnership with Hospitality Review), the winners of which will be announced at the Gala Awards night next month.

The full short list for Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016 is as follows:

 

Pub of the Year (Urban)

Front Page Bar, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Kiwi's Brew Bar, Portrush, Co. Antrim

Shenanigans Venue, Portstewart, Co. Derry~Londonderry

The Hole in the Wall Bar, Keady, Co. Armagh

The Taphouse, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

 

Pub of the Year (Rural)

Matties Meeting House, Cairncastle, Larne, Co. Antrim

The Corner House Bar, Lurgan, Co. Armagh

The Lobster Pot Bar/Restaurant, Strangford, Co. Down

The Riverside Bar, Garrison, Co. Fermanagh

The Speckled Hen, Lisburn, Co. Antrim

 

Pub of the Year (City)

Ryan's Bar and Restaurant, Belfast, Co. Antrim

The National & Sixty6, Belfast, Co. Antrim           

The Perch, Belfast, Co. Antrim

The River Inn, Shipquay St, Derry~Londonderry

White's Tavern, Belfast, Co. Antrim

 

Hotel Bar of the Year 1*-3*

Adair Arms Hotel, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, Co. Armagh

Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim, Co. Antrim

Ivanhoe Inn & Hotel, Carryduff, Co. Down

 

Hotel Bar of the Year 4*-5*

Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Newry, Co. Down

Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Hastings Everglades Hotel, Derry~Londonderry

Malmaison, Belfast, Co. Antrim

 

Commitment to the Community

Bushmills Inn Hotel, Bushmills, Co. Antrim

Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim, Co. Antrim

Front Page Bar, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

The Hatfield House, Belfast, Co. Antrim

The Hillside, Hillsborough, Co. Down

 

Commitment to Local Food (Restaurant) in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster

Native by Yellow Door, MAC, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Ocho Tapas Bistro, Portrush, Co. Antrim

Pier 59, Strand Rd, Derry, Derry~Londonderry

The Hillside, Hillsborough, Co. Down

The Yellow Heifer, Camlough, Co. Down

 

Commitment to Local Food (Pub) in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster

Friel's Bar and Restaurant, Swatragh, Maghera, Co.  Derry~Londonderry

The Corner House Bar, Lurgan, Co. Armagh

The Morning Star, Belfast, Co. Antrim

The Parlour Bar, Newtownards, Co. Down

The Taphouse, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

 

Commitment to Local Food (Hotel) in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster

Bushmills Inn Hotel, Bushmills, Co. Antrim

Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Newry, Co. Down

Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim, Co. Antrim

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down

 

Food and Beverage Manger of the Year

Anna Marie Mc Ferran, The Old Thatch Inn, Magherafelt, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Breandán Kerr, Ivanhoe Inn and Hotel, Carryduff, Co. Down

Chris Bell, Shenanigans Venue, Portstewart, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Morgan Watson, Horatio Todd’s, Belfast, Co. Antrim

 

Barperson of the Year (in association with Sunday Life)

Feargal Shannon, Crowes Nest, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Melony Connor, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Paul Rocks, Aether & Echo, Belfast, Co. Antrim

Sarah Hamilton Front Page Bar, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Sinead Keenan  Dan's Bar & Off Sales (The Orient Bar), Belfast, Co. Antrim

Tim Mcllreavy, Kiwi's Brew Bar, Portrush, Co. Antrim

 

Hospitality Ulster Rising Star (in partnership with Ulster University)

To be announced on the night

 

Industry Legend (in partnership with Hospitality Review NI)

To be announced on the night

 

All shortlisted entrants have been vetted and judged by an independent judging panel comprised of industry experts and will now be mystery shopped to ensure they meet industry standards and best practice guidelines.

 

Commenting on the announcement of the shortlist, Olga Walls, Chair of Hospitality Ulster said: “These Awards provide a valuable opportunity to recognise the significant contribution Northern Ireland’s hospitality venues make, not only within their own communities, but to the hospitality sector as a whole.

 

“We have fantastic, world class hospitality venues on our doorstep and Hospitality Ulster is proud to recognise and reward those businesses that are setting industry standards with their customer offering, service and innovations.

 

“The competition for this year’s Awards is very high, which is a real indication of the standards being set across the sector. I would like to congratulate all of the shortlisted individuals, pubs, restaurants and hotels and wish them the very best of luck at next month’s Pub of the Year Awards.”

 

The Pub of the Year Awards moves to a new venue for 2016. On Wednesday 16th November, hundreds of publicans and restaurateurs from across Northern Ireland will gather in the Ramada Plaza at Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast to toast Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry.

 

The Pub of the Year Awards are the only industry recognised awards. 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.

 

For further information about the Pub of the Year Awards and to enter online, visit www.nipuboftheyear.org

 

Keep up to date with all the Pub of the Year Awards 2016 news on the Hospitality Ulster Twitter @HospUlster and Facebook using the hashtag, #NIPubAwards.

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