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Northern Ireland’s top 100 hospitality hotspots of 2019 revealed

Pictured L-R Darrell Montgomery, Galgorm Resort & Spa; Alain Kerloc’h, OX, Belfast; Rachael Eastwood, Guildhall Taphouse, Derry-Londonderry and Mark Stewart, chair Hospitality Ulster at Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards at Titanic Belfast. Picture by Darren Kidd, Press Eye.

Northern Ireland’s Top 100 Hospitality Businesses 2019 were revealed in a star-studded ceremony on Wednesday 27th February.

This year’s coveted list was revealed by industry body Hospitality Ulster at a prestigious ceremony in Titanic Belfast. The event was hosted by acclaimed stand-up comedian Colm O’Regan and attended by a number of VIP guests including former Ireland rugby captain, Brian O’Driscoll and sports pundit, Adrian Logan.

From Michelin starred restaurants and five-star hotels to buzzing city centre nightclubs, gastropubs, quaint country pubs, restaurants and hotels, Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 shines the spotlight on Northern Ireland hospitality at its best.

This year’s list features 34 new premises from across Northern Ireland, including Belfast-based Asian fusion eatery, Yugo, the newly opened Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, Ocho Tapas located in Portrush, and The Guildhall Taphouse in Derry/Londonderry.

Firm favourites such as OX, Belfast, Sally’s of Omagh, Galgorm Resort & Spa, The Bushmills Inn and Dorman’s Bar in Magherafelt are amongst those that have remained on the coveted list for a second year.

The Awards were presented in alphabetical order on the night, with each winner receiving equal recognition for their role in driving forward industry standards.

Commenting after the Awards ceremony, Mark Stewart, chair, Hospitality Ulster said: “We’re delighted to shine the spotlight on the top hospitality businesses throughout Northern Ireland for a second year.

“The Top 100 Hospitality Businesses are venues that continually go the extra mile to provide first-class hospitality and customer service, from pubs to nightclubs, restaurants to hotels. We have so many businesses at the top of their game here in Northern Ireland and we would like to congratulate all of our winners again on making it to the Top 100.”

Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards are the only industry recognised awards. Entries and nominations were vetted and shortlisted by a panel of independent judges.  Headed up by Northern Ireland food critic, Joris Minne (Belfast Telegraph), the panel included celebrity chef Paula McIntyre, Irish News journalist and food columnist Allison Morris, Ulster Business editor, John Mulgrew and Sunday Life Pub Spy columnist and music journalist Edwin McFee.

This year’s Awards were supported by partners, Bacardi Brown-Forman, Coca-Cola, Counterpoint, Diageo, Dillon Bass, Heineken, Henderson Foodservice, Molson Coors, Richmond Marketing, Tennent’s NI and United Wine Merchants Ltd and media partners, Hospitality Review NI, Sunday Life and U105.

As part of Wednesday’s event, the 100 winners were also placed into a prize draw to win a range of incredible prizes. A place on a Mini MBA course at Queen’s University Belfast (sponsored by Queen’s University) was won by Hagan’s Bar & Bar Bella, Dungannon; Henry’s & The Jailhouse scooped a £2,000 marketing package with U105 (sponsored by U105) and Ocho Tapas in Portrush won the use of a branded Top 100 car for a year (sponsored by Donnelly Fleet and Towergate Dawson Whyte).

Funds raised on the night will be donated to The Benevolent, a charity that provides help and support to current and former employees of the drinks industry and their families.

To view the full Hospitality Ulster Top 100 click here 

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