Seven County Down businesses shortlisted for 2016 Pub of the Year Awards

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Sunday, October 30th, 2016
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The search to find Northern Ireland’s best hospitality venues steps up a notch this week, as the shortlist for Hospitality Ulster’s prestigious Pub of the Year Awards 2016 is revealed. potya16-4Seven Pubs, Restaurants, Hotels and Individuals across County Down have been named amongst the 46 shortlisted premises from right across Northern Ireland that will go head to head to be named the toast of the trade at the top industry Awards next month. This year, three Country Down venues could be double award winners after being shortlisted in two separate Award categories each. The Canal Court Hotel & Spa in Newry is up for Hotel Bar of the Year 4 & 5* and Commitment to Local Food (Hotel), while The Hillside in Hillsborough has been shortlisted for Commitment to Local Food (Restaurant) and Commitment to the Community. The shortlisted County Down premises include: Hotel Bar of the Year 4*-5* • Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Newry, Co. Down Commitment to Local Food (Restaurant) in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster • The Hillside, Hillsborough, Co. Down • The Yellow Heifer, Camlough, Co. Down Commitment to Local Food (Hotel) in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster • Canal Court Hotel & Spa, Newry, Co. Down • Slieve Donard Resort & Spa, Newcastle, Co. Down Pub of the Year (Rural) • The Lobster Pot Bar/Restaurant, Strangford, Co. Down Hotel Bar of the Year 1*-3* • Ivanhoe Inn & Hotel, Carryduff, Co. Down Commitment to the Community • The Hillside, Hillsborough, Co. Down Commitment to Local Food (Pub) in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster • The Parlour Bar, Newtownards, Co. Down Food and Beverage Manger of the Year • Breandán Kerr, Ivanhoe Inn & Hotel, Carryduff, Co. Down In recognition of the ever widening scope of the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland, a total of 13 Awards are up for grabs, each designed to highlight the very best that the sector has to offer. The winners of the 13 Awards will be revealed at a special gala awards night hosted by U105 presenter, Frank Mitchell, at the Ramada Plaza on Wednesday 16th November 2016.
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nov-1st-2016Commenting on the announcement of the shortlist, Olga Walls, Chair of Hospitality Ulster said: “These Awards provide a valuable opportunity to recognise the significant contribution Northern Ireland’s hospitality venues make, not only within their own communities, but to the hospitality sector as a whole. “We have fantastic, world class hospitality venues on our doorstep and Hospitality Ulster is proud to recognise and reward those businesses that are setting industry standards with their customer offering, service and innovations. She added, “The competition for this year’s Awards is very high, which is a real indication of the standards being set across the sector. I would like to congratulate all of the shortlisted individuals, pubs, restaurants and hotels in County Down and wish them the very best of luck at next month’s Pub of the Year Awards.” For further information about the Pub of the Year Awards and to enter online, visit

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