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The Goat's Toe in Bangor picks up Pub of the Year gong

The Goat's Toe in Bangor has been named Northern Ireland's Pub of the Year at a glitzy bash outside Belfast.

The quirky hostelry was awarded the local industry's top gong during the annual Pubs of Ulster awards.

Hundreds packed into the La Mon Hotel for the ceremony, hosted by Cool FM's Pete Snodden.

Andrew Gedge from the winner said it was a "real honour" to be chosen as Northern Ireland's top pub.

"Our entire team works so hard and we are continually improving our premises to ensure we stay at the top of our game," he said.

A total of 38 bars were shortlisted - vying for a prize across a total of 10 categories.

Among the familiar faces at the industry bash was Finance Minister Simon Hamilton, who joined mentalist David Meade and Charlie Lawson - Coronation Street's Jim McDonald.

Belfast pubs also walked away with silverware, with Ryan's Bar scooping the award for Best Big Idea. Shiro lifted the gong for Best Marketing Idea, while the Albany won Best New or Improved Pub.

Pubs of Ulster chairman Mark Stewart praised the high standards of all those who entered.

Belfast Telegraph