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Shu Scores a New First at UK National Restaurant Awards

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Lisburn Road restaurant SHU has claimed the ‘Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland’ title for the second consecutive year at the 2013 National Restaurant Awards after impressing the judges with its innovative menu, designed by Head Chef Brian McCann.

SHU, which is owned by restaurateur Alan Reid, is the only Northern Ireland restaurant to be recognised by the National Restaurant Awards which celebrate the 100 best places to eat out in the UK, as voted for by 150 industry experts.

A jubilant Reid and McCann celebrate today after earning a well-deserved place in the Top 100 Restaurants, coming in at number 86 in the UK at the industry’s most important annual event, which took place at The Brewery in Chiswell Street, London last night. Scooping the number one spot for the first time is The Hand & Flowers, Tom Kerridge’s pub-restaurant in Marlow, Essex.

SHU, which is currently taking part in Belfast Restaurant Week – a celebration of the city’s buoyant culinary scene – joins the likes of Michelin-star The Ledbury in Notting Hill London and celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Berkshire, on the country’s A-List of top restaurants.

SHU proprietor Alan Reid said: “Winning the best restaurant in Northern Ireland is a fantastic honour and being ranked in the top 100 restaurants in the UK is the icing on the cake for us. We set our standards exceptionally high at SHU and feel that these achievements are a testament to our success and the hard work the team puts in on a daily basis.”

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