Belfast Telegraph

Horatio Group toasting two winners in annual pub awards

By Staff Reporter

Denvir's in Downpatrick has been named best pub in the county in the regional heats of the 2017 UK National Pub and Bar Awards. 

Denvir's Coaching Inn is owned by Belfast-based Horatio Group and Chris Dagens, the venue's general manager.

It is the oldest surviving coaching inn in Ireland and will mark 350 years in business in June of this year.

The Northern Whig in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter - which is also owned by Horatio Group - has been named best pub in Co Antrim.

Both venues are in the running for regional and national titles at the National Pub & Bar Awards in London on May 23.

Managing director Stephen Magorrian said: "We've been working hard to build the Horatio Group portfolio over the last few years, and are thrilled that two of our venues have been recognised as being among the best in Northern Ireland.

"Denvir's is one of the most historical buildings in Co Down and to have received this recognition as we look to celebrate 350 years in business seems very fitting.

"Huge thanks must go to Chris and the team at Denvir's for all of their efforts, and to general manager Gerard Keaney and the team at the Northern Whig."

The Horatio Group also includes east Belfast venue Horatio Todd's and Newtownards nightspot Molly Brown's.

The other NI county winners were The Corner House in Lurgan, The Taphouse in Enniskillen, Dorman's in Magherafelt and Time Bar in Cookstown.

Belfast Telegraph