Awards and Reviews
Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2010
The Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2010, in association with Diageo Northern Ireland, were launched in January 2010 and the gala presentation ceremony was held in the City Hall, Belfast, on Thursday 3 June 2010.
The event is one of the most exciting and prestigious events within the annual tourism and hospitality calendar.
A capacity audience of 400 leaders and influencers within the industry attended the event.
The Bushmills Inn Hotel was announced as Winner of
'Hotel Accommodation' and highly commended in the category of
This is a very prestigious award open to all establishments in Northern Ireland and we were delighted to have accepted the awards. The Hotel Accommodation category accepted entries from hotel establishments that are committed to excellence in service, customer care and hospitality. The category was hotly contested and was the only one in which four finalists were shortlisted.
Entries for Visitor Inspired were invited from organisations (in private, voluntary or public sectors) that could demonstrate the crucial role that staff play in creating happy customers or visitors - providing them with the best customer care and/or quality experience.
It is a great privilege to have been awarded such an honour in a market that is so important to us. It is testament to the commitment and dedication of our staff.
These awards are a tremendous platform from which to grow and develop, this confirms our commitment to the most important people, you, the customer.
Bushmills Inn wins Hotel of the Year 2009
Hotel of the Year up to 75 rooms was awarded to Bushmills Inn Hotel.
The judges commented that the hotel went beyond expectations in terms of facilities, size of bedrooms and customer service.
Alan Dunlop, from the Bushmills Inn commented:
"We have invested a great deal of time, resources and passion into creating a winning example of Northern Irish hospitality at the Bushmills Inn Hotel and we are absolutely thrilled to win this Award. I believe this Award is a testament to our commitment to the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland and also to the immense efforts of our entire team, who have worked extremely hard to ensure we offer the highest levels of service to our customers,".
Want to Know a Secret
These (Giant’s Causeway) stones certainly top the bill on Northern Ireland’s spectacular Antrim coast, but there are a host of support acts to enjoy too. Ulster is now an ideal choice for a short break with its magnificent scenery, warm hospitality and fine food and drink ...
Shortly after docking we headed for Bushmills, home of the world’s oldest whiskey distillery, which lies midway between the famous Giant's Causeway and Royal Portrush Golf Club.
The award-winning Bushmills Inn, which was to be our base for the next few days, is described as “a living museum of Ulster hospitality”. It is also, without doubt, among the finest hotels I have ever stayed in. The 19th century coaching inn’s charm is typified by it’s warm, welcoming atmosphere, cosy turf log fires, stripped pine, oak beams, Victorian oil lamps and a circular library with it’s intriguing secret room. The 32 individually-designed bedrooms are all extremely comfortable and the hotel’s restaurant serves a hearty Ulster Fry breakfast and, all day, a selection of traditional dishes prepared with fresh local produce, allied to an extensive reasonably-priced wine list. Every evening we anticipated rocking gently in a wooden armchair beside the log fire choosing from a leather-bound menu featuring locally smoked salmon from Glenarm, Beef St Columb flambéd in Bushmills whiskey, or fresh salmon caught in the River Bush, within casting distance of the hotel. But there were so many other highlights...
North Antrim Business Awards 2008
The Bushmills Inn celebrated the evening at the North Antrim Business Awards which took place on Friday 17th October 2008 in Lissanoure Castle, Loughguile. Having been nominated in six categories; we were delighted to win two awards on the evening for Corporate Social Responsibility and Employer of the Year. Commendations for three other awards included Marketing Excellence, Best Accommodation / Hospitality and Best Eating Establishment. In only its 2nd year the awards have attracted a lot of local businesses; and finalists this year were contacted for assessment by an independent team and even mystery shoppers.
The aim of the awards is to celebrate the local businesses and the best practice within the area of Moyle; hopefully attracting more attention locally, and encouraging communication within businesses in North Antrim.
A great evening was enjoyed by all, and the event was hosted by Paul Clark. We would like to congratulate all the winners this year, and success in 2009.
Romance ‘n the Stones
Sunday Mail - 20th August, 2006
Mail writer George Welsh drives along a spectacular coastal route in Ireland to discover the Bushmills Inn Hotel.
A secret room to uncover – and real gas lighting in a Victorian bar. Quirky things like these make Ireland special. Few come quirkier than the Bushmills Inn, near the Giant’s causeway.
The hotel in the village of Bushmills, boasted a secret room. But where the heck was it? My wife and I hunted the many nooks and crannies of this restored old coaching inn. Without giving the game away too much, we pushed a little bookcase which silently swung open into a beautiful hidden library, with antique books that belonged to the owner’s family.
Secret out, we were off to the inn’s old bar where gas mantles are preserved to provide smoochy lighting. Each bedroom is wonderfully original with beams, antique furniture, and some have four posters. No wonder it was named among Britain’s Top 20 romantic hideaways.
A Canadian guest left this comment “You hope it rains all day so you have an excuse to snuggle indoors.” But we were in a blissful heat wave!
The dining room is a delight – “new Irish” cuisine enjoyed within cosy, high walled booths. I recommend the onion soup with Guinness and cheese croutons and a fillet steak flamed in Bushmills whiskey.
We loved the ease of arriving at the Causeway coastal route. The route has 120 miles of stunning scenery from Lough Foyle to Belfast Lough...