Belfast Telegraph

Sally’s pub proves the best, bar none

By Clare Weir

An Omagh pub has come up tops in the search for Northern Ireland’s best bar.

The annual Pub of the Year gala awards, which was hosted at Belfast City Hall, found that Sally’s of Omagh was the best pub in 2010.

Belfast bars came up trumps with the Cloth Ear winning the prize for best team, 21 Social being named the most improved premises and the ‘most innovative’ pub was The John Hewitt in Belfast’s Donegall Street.

The event celebrated the best that the local pub trade has to offer and presented awards to the winning pubs in a range of categories.

Colin Neill, chief executive of Pubs of Ulster, said that the licensed trade makes a significant contribution to society through its employment of 35,000 people and generates £1bn for the economy each year, bringing essential jobs, investment and tourism to their local communities.

The independent judging panel was made up of Martin Breen, editor of the Sunday Life, Gary McDonald, business editor of the Irish News, Adrienne McGill, business editor of the News Letter, Paul Connolly, managing editor of the Belfast Telegraph and Robert Cully from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

This year’s awards were sponsored by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, together with all of the major Northern Ireland drinks companies: Britvic, Coca Cola, Diageo, Dillon Bass, Molson Coors and Tennent’s NI.

For full details of the winners of the Pub of the Year Awards 2010 visit

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