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Search begins for 2016 Pub of the Year

Model Rebecca Maguire, cente, joins Colin Neill, CEO Hospitality Ulster and Olga Walls, chairwoman, Hospitality Ulster to launch the Pub of the Year Awards 2016

THE search has started once again to find Northern Ireland's best pubs, hotels and restaurants.

Hospitality Ulster has launched its annual Pub of the Year Awards for 2016 with 13 categories available to enter.

The body has introduced a new Food & Beverage Manager of the Year Award to the line-up, which is open to entrants from pubs, restaurants and hotels.

Three Pub of the Year Awards up for grabs, recognising the best pubs and bars in rural, urban and city locations across the north.

All submitted Award entries, along with public nominations for the Barperson of the Year and the Industry Legend Awards will be vetted and judged by an independent judging panel comprised of industry experts, before being mystery shopped to ensure they meet industry standards and best practice guidelines.

Hospitality Ulster chairwoman Olga Walls said: “As our Hospitality industry continues to grow and diversify, so too does the breadth and reach of Hospitality Ulster's Pub of the Year Awards.

With each year, we have introduced new award categories to recognise not just our fantastic local pubs and bars, but also our amazing restaurants and world class hotels.

"Whilst our three ‘Pub of the Year Awards' – recognising best in class urban, city and rural pubs – remain a very important part of our celebrations this year, it is also important we recognise the diverse range of businesses that make up the Northern Ireland hospitality industry

“I would encourage all pubs, hotels and restaurants to get involved and enter this year's Awards as we strive to celebrate the real heroes of Northern Ireland's hospitality industry and make the Pub of the Year Awards 2016 the best yet.”

The Pub of the Year Awards moves to a new venue for 2016. On November 16, hundreds of publicans and restaurateurs from will gather in the Ramada Plaza at Shaw's Bridge, Belfast.

The closing date for entries is September 14.

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