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Pub of the Year Awards: Pour-fect way to honour our NI pub heroes

Time is running out to nominate your favourite pint puller or cocktail mixer for the Bar Person of the Year Award.

By Tony Allen

Published 08/09/2016

Best Bar None: Last year's winner Nathaniel McAuley of Muriel's in Belfast. Pic: Press Eye.
Best Bar None: Last year's winner Nathaniel McAuley of Muriel's in Belfast. Pic: Press Eye.

It’s almost time for last orders in our search to honour the heroes of Northern Ireland’s pub trade.

Hospitality Ulster has again teamed up with Sunday Life to honour Northern Ireland’s Bar Person of the Year at the annual Pub of the Year awards.

We’re looking for the colourful characters behind Northern Ireland’s bars that make going out for a pint an even more enjoyable experience.

Send your nominations to us at bestbarperson@sundaylife.co.uk before Wednesday, September 14, and, if you can, tell us a little bit about why they deserve to win.

Last year the Bar Person of the Year award went to Nathaniel McAuley, who works in Muriel’s in Belfast city centre.

A total of 13 awards will showcase the toast of the Northern Ireland hospitality industry in the 2016 annual Pub of the Year Awards, with a new gong for Food & Beverage Manager of the Year. Three Pub of the Year awards are up for grabs, recognising the best pubs and bars in rural, urban and city locations across Northern Ireland.

This year’s awards will once again recognise the growing importance of locally sourced food in pubs, hotels and restaurants, through three Commitment to Local Food awards (in partnership with Food NI). A Commitment to the Community award will recognise the immense contribution hospitality businesses make within their local communities.

The 2016 awards will look to the future, recognising up-and-coming talent with Hospitality Ulster’s Rising Star award (in partnership with Ulster University), as well as paying tribute to those that have played a role in shaping the industry with a special Industry Legend award (in partnership with Hospitality Review NI).

All submitted award entries, along with public nominations for the Bar Person of the Year and the Industry Legend awards, will be vetted and judged by an independent judging panel comprised of industry experts, before being mystery shopped to ensure they meet industry standards and best practice guidelines.

The Pub of the Year Awards final will take place on November 16 in the Ramada Plaza at Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast.

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

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