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The search to find Northern Ireland’s top hospitality hot spots came to a dramatic conclusion on Wednesday evening as the cream of the local hospitality industry gathered at the Plaza Hotel, Belfast, for Hospitality Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2016.
Following a record number of entries from pubs, hotels and restaurants, a total of 46 shortlisted premises and individuals from right across Northern Ireland went head to head to be named the toast of the trade. A total of 13 awards were presented at the glamourous ceremony which was hosted by U105 presenter Frank Mitchell and attended by VIP guests.
Commenting on the Commitment to Local Food (Hotel) Award, the judges said,
“The competition in this category was fierce. The winning hotel is a prime example of how hospitality venues play a key role in the fortunes of local food suppliers. It is a hotel proud to endorse and promote the values of using local fresh produce and offering a traditional, seasonal meu that is always of the highest standard.”
Hotel Manager, Alan Walls said,
"We are absolutely delighted to win this award as it is testament to the fact that we are committed to sourcing and using only the freshest local produce in all the dishes that are so passionately prepared by our team. With initiatives such as Causeway Coast and Glens Restaurant Week and Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink we shall continue to enjoy opportunities to showcase all the local suppliers with whom we have built up strong relationships.”
Commenting on the awards, Olga Walls, chairman of Hospitality Ulster said,
“Our Awards recognise and reward excellence and the important contribution local venues make, not only within their own communities but to the hospitality industry as a whole.”