The Bank Bar in Newry named amongst NI’s Top 100 hospitality businesses

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Monday, February 26th, 2018
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Seventeen County Down businesses have been named amongst the top 100 hospitality hotspots in Northern Ireland.

The local businesses were announced as winners at Hospitality Ulster’s inaugural Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards at Titanic Belfast.



In Newry the Bank Bar & Bistro was honoured. Other Co. Down winners included: Curran’s Bar & Seafood Steakhouse in Ardglass, the Ivanhoe Inn & Hotel in Carryduff, The Lobster Pot in Strangford, Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, Pier 36 in Donaghadee and Saltwater Brig in Kircubbin.

The coveted list, compiled by industry body Hospitality Ulster in conjunction with a panel of top industry experts was unveiled at a prestigious ceremony, hosted by comedian Tim McGarry and attended by VIP guests including boxing legend, Carl Frampton.

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



In recognition of the huge contribution of each and every winner, the Awards were presented in alphabetical order, 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, “The Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards recognise those – who through their premises, staff and product offering – encompass the very essence of our unique hospitality industry; going the extra mile to deliver a great customer experience that serves both their target audience and customer demographic.

“These Awards are unique as they are the only awards, awarded by the industry to the industry: recognising every sector of our industry, the diversity of our offer and the people who make our industry great.”



Entries and nominations were vetted and shortlisted by Hospitality Ulster with help from a panel of industry experts.

The honour and prestige of being named one of Northern Ireland’s Top 100 hospitality businesses wasn’t the only thing up for grabs on the night. The 100 winners were 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 Pier 36 in Donaghadee; The Northern Whig in Belfast scooped a £2,000 marketing package on U105 (sponsored by U105) and Ruby’s Bar in Larne won the use of a branded car for a year (sponsored by Donnelly Group and Towergate Insurance Brokers).



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.

The full Hospitality Ulster Top 100 can be viewed online at

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