Northern Ireland's Top 100 Hospitality firms - gala night at Titanic Belfast
Over 30 new entrants included in Top 100 list as best of local bars and restaurants celebrated at glitzy bash
THE hospitality heroes of Northern Ireland were hailed at a star-studded award ceremony in Belfast last week.
The eagerly-awaited Top 100 Hospitality Businesses list was revealed by Hospitality Ulster at a prestigious ceremony in Titanic Belfast on Wednesday.
The black-tie event was hosted by stand-up comedian Colm O'Regan and attracted guests including Ireland rugby hero Brian O'Driscoll, sports pundit Adrian Logan, BBC weatherman Barra Best and TV presenter Pamela Ballantine.
From Michelin-starred restaurants and five-star hotels to nightclubs and country pubs, Hospitality Ulster's Top 100 celebrates the finest Northern Irish hospitality with this year's list welcoming 34 new entrants.
Belfast venues featured heavily among the newcomers which included the Grand Central Hotel, Henry's & The Jailhouse and the Northern Lights bars as well as restaurants EDO and Jumon.
Established hospitality venues including Deanes at Queen's, Hadski's, Nu Delhi, Yugo, The Spaniard and Voodoo also made the list for the first time.
On the north coast, Kiwi's Brew Bar and Ocho Tapas in Portrush joined the Londonderry Arms in Carnlough as new entrants to the list alongside Derry venues the Guildhall Taphouse and Primrose.
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Granny Annie's in Limavady, The Angler's Rest in Benone and The Shepherd's Rest in Draperstown also entered the Top 100 for the first time.
Co Down venues were also well represented among the new entrants with Balloo House in Killinchy, Bull & Claw in Donaghadee, The Goat's Toe in Bangor, The Bridge Bar and the Canal Court in Newry all making the cut.
Head O'The Road in Portadown and Red Ned's in Armagh city also made their debut in the Top 100 alongside The StillHouse in Moira as well as the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges in Enniskillen.
It wasn't all about the newcomers though as hospitality veteran Willie Jack's iconic venues The Duke of York and The Harp Bar secured their place on the list for a second year alongside other well-known bars including Blakes of 'The Hollow' in Enniskillen, Sally's of Omagh, Kelly's Cellars and The Dirty Onion in Belfast.
Michelin-starred restaurants OX and Deanes EIPIC, and popular eateries Howard Street and Coppi, joined five-star hotel The Merchant and well-liked bars The Sunflower, Northern Whig and The Spaniard in retaining their coveted spots in the Top 100.
A host of other venues from right across Northern Ireland also secured their place for a second year including The Anchor Bar Complex in Portstewart, Galgorm Resort & Spa, The Bushmills Inn and Dorman's Bar in Magherafelt.
Mark Stewart, chairman of Hospitality Ulster, said: "The Top 100 Hospitality Businesses are venues that continually go the extra mile to provide first-class hospitality and customer service, from pubs to nightclubs, restaurants to hotels. We have so many businesses at the top of their game in Northern Ireland and we would like to congratulate all of our winners again on making it to the Top 100."
The awards were sponsored by Bacardi Brown-Forman, Coca-Cola, Counterpoint, Diageo, Dillon Bass, Heineken, Henderson Foodservice, Molson Coors, Richmond Marketing, Tennent's NI and United Wine Merchants Ltd and media partners, Hospitality Review NI, Sunday Life and U105.
The Top 100 Roll of Honour
÷ Anchor Bar Complex, Portstewart
÷Angler's Rest, Benone (new for 2019)
÷Auction Rooms, Moy
÷Balloo House, Killinchy (new for 2019)
÷Bank Bar & Bistro, Newry
÷Billy Andy's, Raloo
÷Bishop's Gate Hotel, Derry-Londonderry
÷Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen
÷Brewer's House, Donaghmore
÷Bridge Bar, Newry (new for 2019)
÷Browns Restaurant, Derry-Londonderry
÷Bull & Claw, Donaghadee (new for 2019)
÷The Bushmills Inn, Bushmills
÷Canal Court, Newry (new for 2019)
÷The Cellar Bar, Lurgan
÷Church Street, Magherafelt (new for 2019)
÷The Corner House, Lurgan
÷Corr's Corner, Newtownabbey (new for 2019)
÷Crosskeys Inn, Toome
÷Crowne Plaza, Belfast
÷Cyprus Avenue, Belfast
÷Deanes at Queen's, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Deanes EIPIC, Belfast
÷The Dirty Onion, Belfast
÷Dorman's Bar, Magherafelt
÷The Duke of York, Belfast
÷EDO, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Errigle Inn, Belfast
÷Europa Hotel, Belfast
÷Friel's Bar & Restaurant, Swatragh
÷Front Page, Ballymena
÷Fullerton Arms, Ballintoy
÷Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena
÷The Garrick Bar, Belfast
÷Ginger Bistro, Belfast
÷Goat's Toe, Bangor (new for 2019)
÷Grand Central Hotel, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Granny Annie's, Limavady (new for 2019)
÷Guildhall Taphouse, Derry-Londonderry (new for 2019)
÷Hadski's, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Hagan's Bar & Bar Bella, Dungannon
÷The Harp Bar, Belfast
÷Head O'The Road, Portadown (new for 2019)
÷Henry's & The Jailhouse, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Hillside Bar & Restaurant, Hillsborough
÷Hop House, Bangor
÷House, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Howard Street, Belfast
÷Jumon, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Keegan's Bar, Armagh
÷Kelly's Cellars, Belfast
÷Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Enniskillen (new for 2019)
÷Kiwi's Brew Bar, Portrush (new for 2019)
÷La Taqueria, Belfast
÷Lobster Pot, Strangford
÷Londonderry Arms, Carnlough (new for 2019)
÷Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen
÷Mary McBride's, Cushendun
÷Mattie's Meeting House , Cairncastle
÷McAleer's Bar, Dungannon
÷Merchant Hotel, Belfast
÷Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch
÷Morning Star, Belfast
÷Muddlers Club, Belfast
÷Northern Lights, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Northern Whig, Belfast
÷Nu Delhi, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Number Seven Duke Street, Warrenpoint (new for 2019)
÷Ocho Tapas, Portrush (new for 2019)
÷O'Neill's (Red Ned's), Armagh (new for 2019)
÷Ownies Bar & Bistro, Carrickfergus
÷Peadar O'Donnell's, Derry-Londonderry
÷Portaferry Hotel, Portaferry (new for 2019)
÷Primrose, Derry-Londonderry (new for 2019)
÷Ramore Wine Bar, Portrush
÷Rostrevor Inn, Rostrevor (new for 2019)
÷Ruby's Bar, Larne
÷Sally's of Omagh, Omagh
÷Saltwater Brig, Kircubbin
÷Sandinos Café Bar, Derry-Londonderry
÷Shepherd's Rest, Draperstown (new for 2019)
÷Spaniard, Belfast (new for 2019)
÷The StillHouse, Moira (new for 2019)
÷Taphouse Gastro Pub, Enniskillen
÷Union Street Bar, Belfast
÷Voodoo , Belfast (new for 2019)
÷Wine & Brine, Moira
÷Yugo, Belfast (new for 2019)