Newry businesses named amongst NI Top 100 Hospitality Businesses

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Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
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Seventeen County Down businesses have been named amongst the Top 100 Hospitality Businesses in Northern Ireland for 2019.

A total of nine newcomers made it on to this year’s coveted list, including Balloo House, Killinchy; Bull & Claw, Donaghadee; Goat’s Toe, Bangor; Number Seven Duke Street, Warrenpoint; Portaferry Hotel, Portaferry; Rostrevor Inn, Rostrevor, The Stillhouse, Moira and Newry’s Bridge Bar and Canal Court.



The new entrants join other businesses who have clinched a coveted Top 100 spot for a second year, including Bank Bar & Bistro, Newry; Hillside Bar & restaurant, Hillsborough; Hop House, Bangor; Lobster Pot, Strangford; Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Ballynahinch; NOBLE, Holywood; Saltwater Brig, Kircubbin and Wine & Brine, Moira.

The local businesses were announced as winners at Hospitality Ulster’s second annual Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards at Titanic Belfast on Wednesday 27 February 2019.



The prestigious ceremony 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.

Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 Hospitality Businesses shines the spotlight on Northern Ireland hospitality at its best. 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,” he added.

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.

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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