Search is on to find north's Top 100 hospitality businesses

Mark Stewart, chair, Hospitality Ulster; Joris Minne, head judge, Top 100 Hospitality Businesses and Colin Neill, CEO, Hospitality Ulster launch the search for the Top 100 Hospitality Businesses in Northern Ireland for 2019.

THE search is on once again to find the north's leading hospitality businesses.

Hospitality Ulster has launched its second annual Top 100 Hospitality Businesses awards for 2019, with nominations now open to the public.

From Michelin starred restaurants and five-star hotels to buzzing city centre nightclubs, gastropubs, quaint country pubs and hotels the awards shine the spotlight on Northern Ireland hospitality at its best.

The awards, launched on Thursday evening in Belfast's Merchant Hotel, will recognise businesses who, through their premises, staff and product offering, encompass the very essence of the north's unique hospitality industry, going the extra mile to deliver a great customer experience that matches both their target market and customer demographic. Nominations can be made in five categories: Rural Pub, Urban Pub and City Pub, Licensed Restaurant and Hotel.

New for 2019, Hospitality Ulster has assembled a panel of industry experts to aid them in the search. Headed up by Northern Ireland food critic, Joris Minne, the panel includes 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. Working alongside Hospitality Ulster, the panel will vet nominations to select the Top 100 for 2019.

The Top 100 Hospitality Businesses Awards will be held at a prestigious ceremony at Titanic Belfast in February.

For further information, or to make a nomination, visit or follow the hashtag, #HUTop100 on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

The awards are supported by partners, Bacardi Brown-Forman, Coca-Cola, Counterpoint, Diageo, Dillon Bass, Heineken, Henderson Foodservice, Molson Coors, Richmond Marketing, Tennent's NI and United Wine Merchants Ltd and media partners, Hospitality Review NI, Sunday Life and U105.

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