Belfast Telegraph

NI hotels and restaurants scoop awards

By Rachel Martin

Four Northern Ireland hotels and restaurants have made this year's prestigious Georgina Campbell guide.

The awards, run by one of Ireland's most popular independent hospitality and travel writers, aim to seek out the best places to eat and stay on the island.

Two of the biggest accolades - hotel and restaurant of the year - were both snapped up by Republic of Ireland businesses, but Northern Ireland hospitality didn't disappoint.

Belfast and Dublin's Fitzwilliam Hotels were named business hotel of the year and The Salty Dog in Bangor, Co Down received high praise along with its award as pet-friendly hotel of the year; Bishop's Gate Hotel in Londonderry was named best hideaway and 4 Vicars, Armagh, best casual dining restaurant.

Ms Campbell said the Armagh eaterie was "fulfilling its early promise" and described owners, husband and wife team Gareth and Kasia Reid, who founded the restaurant, as a "talented and experienced team; understated yet impressive".

Georgina Campbell said: "We've had some especially good experiences in Northern Ireland again this year, and in areas like The Burren and the North-West, including Derry, where communities work together to promote quality and bring different elements of hospitality together.

"Through food trails, for example, and competitive events such as the Restaurants Association of Ireland's 'Foodie Destinations' initiative - which is helping a lot of communities to join their dots of excellence to create destinations with a strong message."

However, Ms Campbell also added that there had also been "too many disappointments in all areas and all kinds of establishments" adding that some of her worst experiences had been in 4 star and 5 star hotels.

Belfast Telegraph