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PRESENTING THE INAUGURAL TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES

Published by Independent News & Media Ltd: Hospitality Review NI Independent News & Media Belfast Telegraph House 33 Clarendon Road Clarendon Dock, Belfast BT1 3BG Contact: Editorial: a.magee@independentmagazinesni.co.uk. Tel: 028 9026 4175 Sales: m.glover@independentmagazinesni.co.uk. Tel: 028 9026 4266 The Review is the official publication for: Hospitality Ulster: 91 University Street, Belfast, BT7 1HP. Tel: 028 9032 7578. Chief Executive: Colin Neill Chairperson: Mark Stewart Design & Production by: Independent News & Media Ltd Printed by: W. & G. Baird Ltd. The opinions expressed in Hospitality Review are not necessarily those of Hospitality Ulster.

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t gives me great pleasure to introduce the first Top 100 Hospitality Businesses awards, which celebrate the best in our hospitality industry across Northern Ireland. Recognising those who, through their premises, staff and product offer, encompass the very essence of our unique hospitality industry; going the extra mile to deliver a great customer experience that serves both their target audience and customer demographic. Organised by Hospitality Ulster, The Top 100 Hospitality Businesses are unique as they are the only awards awarded by the industry to the industry, recognising every sector of our industry, the diversity of our offer and the people who make our industry great. I would like to thank our partners who work with us throughout the year and our sponsors who, together, have made The Top 100 Hospitality Businesses awards possible. I look forward to visiting as many of the 2018 Top 100 Hospitality Businesses as possible in the coming year. Mark Stewart, chair of Hospitality Ulster

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The Albany Anchor Complex Auction Rooms Badgers Bar & Restaurant Bank Bar Berts Jazz Bar Billy Andys Bishop’s Gate Hotel Blackbird Blakes of the Hollow Brewer’s House Browns Bull & Ram Bullitt Bushmills Inn Café Parisien Cellar Bar Central Wine Bar The Coachman Coppi Corner House Crosskeys Inn Crowne Plaza Currans Bar & Seafood Steakhouse Cyprus Avenue Deanes Deli Deanes Eipic The Dirty Duck The Dirty Onion Dorman’s Duke of York Entrada/1876 Brasserie & Champagne Lounge The Errigle Inn Europa Hotel The Fitzwilliam Hotel Fratelli Ristorante Pizzeria & Bar Friels Bar and Restaurant The Front Page Fullerton Arms Galgorm Resort & Spa The Garrick Ginger Bistro Granny Annies Kitchen Hagan’s Bar The Harbour Bar Harp Bar Harry’s Shack Hillside Bar & Restaurant Hop House Howard Street 6 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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Belfast Portstewart Dungannon Derry Newry Belfast Raloo Derry Derry Enniskillen Donaghmore Derry Ballynahinch Belfast Bushmills Belfast Lurgan Ballycastle Magherafelt Belfast Lurgan Toome Belfast Ardglass Belfast Belfast Belfast Holywood Belfast Magherafelt Belfast Derry Belfast Belfast Belfast Belfast Swatragh Ballymena Ballintoy Ballymena Belfast Belfast Belfast Dungannon Portrush Belfast Portstewart Hillsborough Bangor Belfast

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Ivanhoe Inn & Hotel James Street South Bar & Grill Jenny Watts The John Hewitt Keegans Bar Kelly’s Cellars La Taqueria Laverys Limelight Lobster Pot Lough Erne Resort & Spa Manor House Country Hotel Mary McBride’s Mary’s Bar & Lounge Mattie’s Meeting House McAleers Bar McConvilles Merchant Hotel Millbrook Lodge Hotel Morning Star Mourne Seafood Bar Muddlers Club Muriels Café Bar The National Grande Café Newforge House Noble The Northern Whig Old Thatch Inn Owens Bar Ownies Ox The Parson’s Nose Peadar O’Donnells Bar Pier 36 The Plough Inn Quays Bar Ramore Wine Bar Ruby’s Bar Sally’s of Omagh Saltwater Brig Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro Sandinos Shu Slieve Donard Sunflower Sweet Afton Taphouse Gastro Pub Tedfords Kitchen Union Street Wine & Brine www.hospitalityreviewni.com

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THE ALBANY - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Calla House ON OFFER: A landmark bar and restaurant in the heart of South Belfast, catering to those who enjoy great food, drinks and excellent live local entertainment. The Albany has become a reputable neighbourhood bar over the years, building a strong relationship with the locals. HISTORY: The Albany Belfast first opened in September 2013 after being bought over by Calla House and having a £700,000 overhaul and extension. STYLE: The Albany Belfast is based on the elegant sophistication of Old School America. This is an atmospheric environment within a stunning new venue. You can sit down and relax in spacious surroundings and enjoy iconic drinks paired with wonderful dishes. At the Albany, you will enjoy a wide range of cocktails re-designed by drink specialists. USP: The Albany is well-known for its cocktail masterclasses, during which groups get the chance to learn how to create their favourite cocktails, shown by in house mixologists. A large 'cinema style' screen shows all live major sporting events and attracts a great crowd. Each weekend, The Albany has live entertainment from a mixture of local, superbly talented musicians, creating a great atmosphere.

ANCHOR COMPLEX - LOCATION: PORTSTEWART ■ MANAGEMENT: Danny Coyles, GM ON OFFER: Everyone in Portstewart knows the Anchor; it’s been part of the town since 1898, making it one of the oldest licensed premises on the North Coast and the social hub of the town. Situated within easy access to Portstewart's picturesque promenade and all of the town's amenities, the Complex includes: THE ANCHOR BAR: Voted best visitor/tourism pub and best entertainment venue in the county, as well as Ni’s best food pub, the Anchor is renowned for its friendly staff and great service. It offers nightly entertainment featuring live bands, traditional music sessions and the ever popular karaoke. THE ANCHORAGE INN: The Anchorage Inn became part of the Anchor Complex in 1996 and was awarded four-star status in 2012 following an extensive refurbishment of the 20 en-suite rooms. The tastefully decorated bedrooms are renowned for their comfortable beds and high standards of cleanliness. THE ANCHORAGE BISTRO: The Anchorage Bistro is a feature of the four-star Anchorage Inn in Portstewart’s lively Anchor Complex. The location is hard to beat, smack bang on the Promenade and the award-winning food is very good. With a menu featuring dishes such as Bushmills whiskey sausages and fresh local catch of the day, land and sea is well represented. There is nightly entertainment, always free to guests and diners. AURA NIGHTCLUB: This recent addition to the complex is fast becoming one of the North’s hottest nightclubs. This sumptuously decorated venue offers something for all age groups and is open two nights a week to 1.30am. HISTORY: The original Anchor Bar opened in 1898, with the Anchorage Inn making its debut in 1996 and Aura Nightclub in 2004. The Anchor is a proud sponsor of famous North West 200 as well as several local sports teams and ANCHOR COMPLEX plays a big part in the local community, hosting events and fundraisers 86-87 The Promenade, throughout the year. The complex is Portstewart currently completing a major external Tel: 028 7083 2003 refurbishment. It has received an Award of Excellence from Booking.com and is Website: accredited by Taste of Ulster and as a www.theanchorbar.co.uk WorldHost Business.

AUCTION ROOMS - LOCATION: DUNGANNON ■ OWNER: Eamon McCaffrey ON OFFER: Whether enjoying a night of fun with friends or planning a special event using its private party planning services, the Auction Rooms has it covered. On offer is a wide range of cocktails, spirits, wines and beers, served by highly trained staff, while the food menu includes burgers, wraps, chicken goujons, homemade cheesecake and other party food. STYLE: The newly refurbished, classy and exciting venue includes a trendy bar, cocktail lounge and club over an extensive ground floor, created to offer the ultimate standards in comfort. USP: Self-styled as Mid Ulster's number one party venue, the Auction Rooms offers packages to suit all needs and budgets. 8 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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BADGERS BAR & RESTAURANT - LOCATION: DERRY-LONDONDERRY ■ OWNER: Hugh ‘Badger’ McDaid ON OFFER: A warm, friendly, relaxed atmosphere serving up the best in local pub grub and beverages. Smack dab in the middle of Derry, between the Richmond Centre and Foyleside Shopping Centre. HISTORY: Having acquired the premises in April of 1981, Hugh has built it from a one-room pub into the multi-storey local landmark it is today. STYLE: An ‘old school’ pub with a welcoming Irish charm. USP: The welcome, greeting and treatment that punters receive from the moment they step in the door is what sets it apart.

THE BANK BAR - LOCATION: NEWRY ■ OWNER: David Og Downey ON OFFER: Set in the heart of Newry City Centre, The Bank bar is the city’s jewel in the crown, serving up delicious home-cooked food and premium drinks. Live entertainment plays every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and live sport is offered on the big screen. Catering for all ages of customer, the huge complex includes an award-winning spacious bar and restaurant, six multi-purpose function rooms, the biggest beer garden in town, two nightclubs and the Auld Shebeen (said to be Newry’s best kept secret). USP: Luxurious and comfortable surroundings, alongside warm and friendly staff, have resulted in a devoted clientele appreciating The Bank’s value-for-money offer. The food menu includes a wide a wide selection of gourmet burgers, pasta, butchers’ cuts and traditional Irish bar dishes, featuring meats reared on a family farm, complemented by extensive premium cocktail, beer, wine and spirit lists.

BERTS JAZZ BAR - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Bill Wolsey (Beannchor) TYPE OF PREMISES: July 2010 marked the grand unveiling of the ‘New Chapter’ at The Merchant Hotel with Berts Jazz Bar enjoying its prime positioning on the ground floor just off High Street. STYLE: Decked out in rich mahogany, plush fabrics and stunning quirky décor, Berts Jazz Bar invites guests to immerse themselves in the Art Deco glamour of 1930s New York. USP: Hosting live jazz music seven nights a week, Berts allows revellers to savour the melodic sounds whilst sipping a mouth-watering cocktail or choosing from the exquisite French bistro-style menu. As well as live jazz, Berts serves up perfectly relaxed weekends, complete with delicious brunch, savoury afternoon tea and all day dining menus from 11am. Throughout the year, gin connoisseurs can partake in a series of gin dinners – a guest speaker will enlighten you on the story behind each brand while you enjoy a superlative four-course menu paired with handcrafted cocktails designed to complement each dish.

BILLY ANDY'S - LOCATION: RALOO, CO ANTRIM ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Richard & Anna Hunter; John McConnell, general manager ON OFFER: Billy Andys is a 19th century traditional pub near the picturesque village of Glenoe which has, over the years, expanded its offer to include contemporary fine food at reasonable prices in its 100-seat restaurant. HISTORY: One of the few original licensed spirit grocers still left in the country, it has passed through generations of the McWilliams family, falling under its current ownership in 1990. STYLE: With peat fires, low ceilings, live music and a fine selection of beers and whiskies, Billy Andys remains true to its historic roots. Entering its 'snug' feels like taking a step back in time; seating approximately 30 people, it's the perfect location to rest those weary legs over a pint of Guinness. USP: Food is a big draw at Billy Andys, with Head Chef Terry Dalrymple recently named Pub Chef of the Year for Northern Ireland while the restaurant is listed in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide. The focus is on the finest, in season, local and sustainable produce available, working closely with small artisan food producers such as Finnebrogue for venison and lamb, and a neighbouring farm and local gamekeeper for rare breed pork and wild game. 10 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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BISHOP'S GATE HOTEL - LOCATION: DERRY-LONDONDERRY

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■ OWNER Ciaran O’Neill, managing director. HISTORY: The exquisite Grade B1-listed Bishop’s Gate Hotel is perfectly positioned within the historic city walls in the heart of Derry City’s Cathedral Quarter. Built in 1899, this hotel blends stunning Edwardian architecture, stylish appointments and luxurious facilities which have been sensitively restored to pay homage to the rich heritage of the building, whilst exceeding the contemporary needs and desires of its guests. STYLE: In its reincarnation, no detail has been left to chance. This iconic landmark is an intimate urban oasis featuring 30 luxurious guestrooms. USP: TripAdvisor has featured the Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry-Londonderry in its annual UK Travellers' Choice awards for the second year in a row. Last year, the luxurious, boutique hotel ranked second on this coveted list, and Bishop’s Gate takes the number three spot in 2018. Featured in three categories, the ratings are an indication of the continued appeal of Bishop’s Gate and demonstrate the consistently high standard of customer service that is delivered to all visitors. Based on reviews from millions of travellers, Bishop’s Gate is in the top 1% of hotels in the UK. Bishop’s Gate has won a host of other local awards since it officially opened in 2016. The hotel featured in The Irish Times 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland, and was voted Hideaway of the Year in a Georgina Campbell hospitality guide.

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BLACKBIRD - LOCATION: DERRY-LONDONDERRY ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Sarah Simpson HISTORY: The Blackbird first opened its doors to the public in March of 2016. Since then, the popular spot has grown from strength to strength, creating something that little bit different. STYLE: Sitting in the amply decorated bar, it is obvious how much thought has gone into the detail of the decor. Its retro vibes, combined with the authenticity of the brass finishes, make it very easy on the eye. USP: Live music every evening creates a relaxing ambiance when sitting back and savouring the generous range of brews from local breweries and some further afield, not to mention the extensive gin menu and cocktails that have become local household names. The friendly staff are always at hand to advise on choices, providing a top-class service. Whether you are simply waiting on a bus or planning to spend a weekend in Derry/Londonderry, a visit to the Blackbird is a must.

BLAKES OF THE HOLLOW - LOCATION: ENNISKILLEN ■ OWNER: Patrick Blake ON OFFER: Acclaimed Irish writer John McGahern, a regular visitor to Blake’s, said: “I have been going to Blake’s of The Hollow for close to 20 years and think of it as one of the happiest and most beautiful bars in the whole of Ireland. I hope it lasts forever.” The family-run business has succeeded in bringing a historic property firmly into the 21st century, with an Atrium Bar added over two floors. Level seven caters for younger customers and sports fans. The complex also includes two highly-acclaimed, award-winning restaurants, Café Merlot on the lower ground floor and Restaurant No 6 directly above the Victorian bar. HISTORY: The Victorian bar in the Blake’s of The Hollow complex, nestling in the hollow of Church Street in Enniskillen, dates back to 1887 and has been described as one of the great classic pubs of Ireland. USP: ‘If Irish pubs were churches, Blake’s of ‘The Hollow’ would be the cathedral of them all,’ said an American travel writer. Blake’s also features one of the 10 Game of Thrones doors in Northern Ireland. www.hospitalityreviewni.com

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THE BREWER’S HOUSE - LOCATION: DONAGHMORE, CO TYRONE ■ OWNERS: Ciaran & Vicki McCausland ON OFFER: The Brewer’s House is a restaurant offering the finest quality of food, backed up with a serious drinks menu offering the best of local and international craft beers and spirits, an eclectic wine list and a cracking cocktail list. HISTORY: Ciaran and Vicki opened The Brewer’s House in 2011 in a licensed coaching house that has been in the family for some seven generations. They drew inspiration from the gastropubs they frequented while living in London for 10 years. The aim was to provide top quality food and service in a homely and relaxed atmosphere. Quality ingredients are sourced as locally as possible with the menu changing seasonally. The Brewer’s House won Best Gastropub in Ireland in 2014. STYLE: Refurbished in 2017, the premises offer a traditional and comfortable atmosphere with contemporary lighting and artwork. USP: The highest quality of food, drinks and service in a very warm and relaxed atmosphere.

BROWNS BONDS HILL - LOCATION: DERRY~LONDONDERRY ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Marcus Roulston & Ian Orr ON OFFER: Browns Bonds Hill lays claim as the best restaurant in the North West. HISTORY: Since establishing Browns Bonds Hill in 2009, Ian Orr and Marcus Roulston have opened Browns in Town, Strand Road, Derry~Londonderry; Browns on the Green, Letterkenny; and Ardtara Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Upperlands. STYLE: Fine dining, casual surroundings with a wealth of experience and awards such as the Restaurant Associations of Ireland Best Restaurant in Ulster 2013 and 2016, and winner of Tourism NI’s Best Food Tourism Experience 2017. USP: The team works hard at creating unique experiences, with an extensive calendar of events and menus providing customers with a variety of dining options, all with excellent food, genuine hospitality and unpretentious service. Chef Patron Ian Orr is a well-known ambassador for Northern Ireland, having appeared on Great British Menu and will appear on BBC's Saturday Kitchen Live for the second time on St Patrick's Day 2018.

BULLITT HOTEL - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Bill Wolsey (Beannchor), owner; Michael Sullivan, GM TYPE OF PREMISES: Bullitt Hotel opened its doors in October 2016. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength with the launch of Babel rooftop bar & garden in October 2017 and 31 new bedrooms being added in December 2017, bringing the total number of bedrooms to 74. Plans are already underway for Bullitt Dublin. STYLE: Blurring the lines between work and play, Bullitt is the perfect hangout spot, with a relaxed atmosphere and laid back sophisticated vibe. USP: Bullitt provides a fresh and unique accommodation concept for Northern Ireland in the heart of Belfast City Centre. Its no-nonsense philosophy means ditching expensive mini-bars, bellboys and butlers to deliver a top-quality service with no hidden costs. That means stylish rooms with comfortable beds, refreshing rain showers, super-fast wi-fi and smart TVs. Bullitt also hosts one of Belfast’s most exciting and forward-thinking food and beverage operations in the form of Taylor & Clay – Bullitt’s in-house restaurant complete with bespoke Asador Grill – and the Bullitt Bar, Babel, Baltic and Espresso Bar. Bullitt also has an eclectic calendar of monthly events, including craft workshops, masterclasses and DJ events.

BUSHMILLS INN - LOCATION: BUSHMILLS ■ OWNERS: Alan & Zoe Dunlop TYPE OF PREMISES: Luxury, boutique, unique four-star hotel. Well known throughout Ireland and internationally with the reputation of being the hotel of choice for discerning golf travellers. HISTORY: Originally a Coaching Inn dating back to the early 1600s, the Inn has had an interesting and varied history. Extensive development works were undertaken in 1987 by the previous owners and, in 2007, the hotel was bought over by then Manager Alan Dunlop and his wife Zoe who, in 2009, invested a further £2.4m and opened an additional 19 guest rooms, a conference suite and cinema and extended the restaurant. STYLE: The hotel has remained true to its heritage in terms of style. Characterised by turf fires, nooks and crannies, wooden beams and white-washed walls, a restaurant taking in the original stables, a gas bar and individually designed guest rooms, the hotel exudes warmth and character. USP: The character, history and building itself with the original features of the Coaching Inn, and a team of all-local staff who have been recognised with many customer service awards. Unique features include a 30-seater cinema, hidden library, Victorian gas lit bar, five turf fires and hidden nooks and crannies. 12 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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local, seasonal produce. Age-old processes such as brining and ■ OWNER: Kelan McMichael curing are used to get the best flavour out of every ingredient. HISTORY: Situated in a beautiful Grade 1 listed Edwardian The business is proud to be serving dry-aged Himalayan salt butcher's shop, originally owned by the Coulter family, the Bull beef, including Glenarm Shorthorn steaks sourced and aged for & Ram serves the best in local award-winning meat and fresh, 55 days by Hannan Meats. The best meat, aged to perfection seasonal Co Down produce. Located in the market town of served in warm and welcoming surroundings. Fish specials Ballynahinch, the restaurant is at the epicentre of the Co Down change daily and all fish used in the Bull & Ram is landed in food scene with the award-winning Meat Merchants based a Ardglass, Co Down and is sustainable. stone’s throw away in Moira, Drew’s farm providing the organic Sundays are all about roast beef and lamb. The Sunday lunch is vegetables from Crossgar and Marty Johnston’s East Coast one of the best around, nominated as one of the runners up in Seafood delivered daily. The Observer Food Magazine Best Sunday Lunch Awards 2017. Opening in June 2016 with Chef Owner Kelan McMichael at the The Bull & Ram opened 18 months ago and, in that time, has helm, the restaurant’s mission statement was to provide no gone on to win some of the most prestigious nonsense food with a focus on provenance. As the name would awards and accolades recognised in the suggest, meat takes centre stage as a fitting tribute to the industry. From local reviewers including surroundings. Joris Minne, to reviewers from further Bull & Ram is an evolving brand, with its second afield, such as Jay Rayner, the restaurant opening to critical acclaim just 16 consensus has been that Bull & Ram months after the first in the bustling Queen’s aims to showcase the produce - and Quarter. Development hasn’t stopped in Bull & Ram it is doing it well. Recognition has Ballynahinch though, as some new concepts are being also come from publication in some introduced later this year. of the most highly respected guides, STYLE: Lovingly restored back to its former glory with such as The Good Food Guide 2018 and the original cream and emerald tiles, meat hanging rail, the Michelin Eating Out In Pubs guide. and herringbone oak ceiling, together with the butcher's block kitchen pass in the modern annex at the back of the restaurant, the interior "The Bull and Ram is a class act, promises a unique dining experience. The building frontage is no exception- the Bull without being flash about it... & Ram motifs, as well as the refurbished They know what they're doing white and red awning contribute to the inimitable character that Bull & Ram here. And what they're doing is boasts. an utter joy." USP: An imaginative, modern yet Jay Rayner, food critic for The Observer informal menu showcases the best of

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■ OWNERS/MANAGEMENT: Nicholas Hill, Paul Hill, Colin Johnston, Israel Robb, Directors; Sean White, restaurant manager HISTORY: Café Parisien, located at Cleaver House at Donegal Place, opened in October 2017 as part of a £700,000 investment from the owners of the award-winning Galgorm Resort & Spa. The restaurant is set over two floors; the ground floor featuring a classic creperie with seating for 50 covers and an open style kitchen with the first floor 100-seater restaurant offering a modern twist on the classic brasserie dishes for lunch and dinner as well as afternoon teas. There is also a private dining provision and a terraced area with generous panoramic views over the city for 50 covers. With its name inspired by the café on board the Titanic, Café Parisien focuses on traditional quality, affordable dishes in a classic French setting. STYLE: The building itself is one of Belfast’s old Victorian buildings dating back to 1888, when it was home to the renowned Robinson & Cleaver department store. Boasting an equally impressive exterior, Café Parisien is a stand-out building steeped in splendid architecture in the heart of Belfast’s Donegall Place. Inside, elegant décor with carved dark woods and contrasting vibrant navy and golds emulate the Gallic fervour of Paris. You can take in the ambience of the open seating area or alternatively embrace the intimacy of the secluded booths for a relaxed afternoon lunch or romantic evening meal. The aim is to create a place that people love, want to return to and to tell others about. The iconic terracing offers panoramic views across City Hall, as well as additional seating for those who enjoy Al Fresco dining whilst gazing out onto the passers-by below. The restaurant has remained true to its inspirational namesake origins with a traditional style of French cooking. Let your palette be revived with wholesome flavours, 14 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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fresh ingredients and classic dishes across the range of menus from patisserie delights to appetising main courses. USP: There is a unique vibe, thanks largely to the actual building itself. The Robinson & Cleaver edifice is Belfast's very own little piece of the belle epoque and the huge windows overlooking Donegall Square to City Hall let in a kind of light that is simply sublime. Every facet of Belfast that you want to experience is within walking distance to its front door. As Café Parisien is set in the cultural heart of the Capital City, it makes it an ideal location for a city-chic wedding reception or a unique private dining space. Then there is Table One, probably the best restaurant table in Belfast. Housed within the corner turret, the circular banquette seats up to six people, offering views to City Hall across the square, down Chichester Street and up Wellington Place. It clearly presents the City Centre in its full glory. The restaurant boasts an all French-inspired wine list, from Loire to Alsace, Bordeaux to Cotes du Rhone, all regions have a presence, so guests can enjoy their favourite wine or discover something new. twitter.com: @Hosp_ReviewNI

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CELLAR BAR - LOCATION: LURGAN ■ OWNER: Lesa McCann ON OFFER: A contemporary Irish bar offering food seven days a week, and a wide variety of drinks from coffee to cocktails. Offering something for everyone, it attracts customers aged from 18 to 80. Recognising the increasing importance of food in the pub trade, the Cellar Bar offers a range of high quality, well-executed dishes from soup and paninis to 14oz rib-eyes and a Sunday roast. A modern-style lounge area is available for private functions, while a new private dining area seating up to 25 has recently been added to the venue. HISTORY: A public house has stood on the site for 200 years, with its latest incarnation as the Cellar

Bar dating back 40 years. The McCann family is well established in hospitality, with Lesa’s father Paddy McCann in the trade for 70 years while her brother Trevor owns another Top 100 listing, the Corner House Bar. STYLE: The Cellar Bar’s striking post box-red frontage is carried through internally with a contemporary Irish bar style which includes slate floors, wood features, a colour scheme of warm burgundy and gold and a pool table and jukebox. USP: Sustainability is at the heart of Cellar Bar, achieved by treating customers like family and going above and beyond to meet their needs and ensure they are well looked after.

CENTRAL WINE BAR - LOCATION: BALLYCASTLE ■ OWNERS: Philip & Gemma McHenry ON OFFER: Customers love its warm ambience and décor, cozy booths and recent traditional bar renovations, bringing back customers who love an open fire. Special drinks offers and delicious local ingredients for the menu reflect the McHenrys’ formula for success. HISTORY: The Central Bar has been around since 1861, and has been owned by the McHenrys since the year 2000, with the couple regularly embarking on extensive renovations, remodelling and updating the property to create a buzz. STYLE: Traditionally beautiful with all mod cons. USP: Family run, friendly and knowledgeable staff, great local ingredients on the menu.

THE COACHMAN - LOCATION: MAGHERAFELT ■ OWNER: Mark Stewart ON OFFER: Entering the main bar, it has a traditional, warm and welcoming feel to it, with an extensive range of fine whiskies, gin, local craft beers and the best pint in town; alternatively, a full barista selection is available for those wanting a refreshing caffeine kick. The newly refurbished gin bar has been a massive success, with its modern contemporary feel. It’s designed to enable space yet intimacy. Here the customers can relax and enjoy some of the finest gins from around the world, with over 120 gins to sample. The professionallytrained and friendly staff can ensure you get your gin with the perfect serve or they can mix up one of the many carefully chosen gin-tails for your pleasure. Within the first year, the gin bar has catered for gin tasting evenings, cocktail tastings, board meetings, many varied charity events, christenings and magic shows alongside the normal quiz evenings and live music sessions. In addition to the main bar and gin bar, an award-winning beer garden nestles in-between, which was built to accommodate smokers after the smoking ban became law. On a fine summer’s evening, the beer garden becomes an extension of both bars and customers can enjoy drinks by the water fountain while taking in the rays and listening to live music. HISTORY:The Coachman in Magherafelt can trace its history back to 1831, with the current owner Mark Stewart purchasing it in 1989. USP: The entire venue is a popular meeting place for socialising and that occasional ‘catch up’ for friends and family with a warming atmosphere and COACHMAN made-at-home feel. It’s also very popular for local hockey, football, 58-60 Rainey Street, Magherafelt basketball, netball teams and Tel: 028 7963 3527 cycling clubs who meet on a regular facebook: @thecoachmanmagherafelt basis whether it is for fun or to discuss their latest activities. 16 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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COPPI - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNERS/MANAGEMENT: Tony & Andrea O’Neill; Andrea Smith, manager ON OFFER: A bar area offers counter seating and high rise tables and is perfect for a light lunch or a casual evening meal, whilst the spacious restaurant area is able to cope with parties of all sizes. An outdoor area opening up to the faux Georgian St Anne’s Square is ideal for long alfresco lunches on warm spring and summer days. HISTORY: Coppi was opened in December 2012 by Tony and his then business partner, Sam Spain. The duo also ran east Belfast based Il Pirata, which opened the previous year. In July 2017, the pair parted ways with ownership of Coppi going to Tony and Andrea. STYLE: The ambience of Coppi is busy and buzzy, cool and contemporary. The large open space is characterised with dark reclaimed timber panelling, leather upholstered booths and banquettes and low-level pendant lighting, mixed with antique and industrial pieces. The kitchen pass is open and well lit enabling diners to watch the chefs at work. USP: Coppi is Belfast’s first cichetti bacari/restaurant inspired by those found in Venice and was named after cycling legend Angelo Fausto Coppi. Hugely popular since opening in 2012, it offers a great selection of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. All of the pasta at Coppi is freshly made on the premises and the cichetti are hugely popular and ideal for sharing among friends and family.

CORNER HOUSE BAR - LOCATION: LURGAN ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Trevor & Roisin McCann ON OFFER: The Corner House is a classic family-owned pub, taking great pride in serving all its customers, young and old, and looking forward to doing so for many years to come. HISTORY: While only bought by Trevor five years ago, the Corner House features memorabilia from the McCann family’s many years in the pub trade. Since taking over, Trevor has refurbished the bar and lounge, created a function room and is embarking on a third phase of development this year. STYLE: The Corner House is situated on the Kinnego Embankment, and really is the heart of the village. From the old tractor, car, and boat greeting you on the way in, to the bar itself packed with hundreds of nooks and crannies all telling a story, customers return time and time again for the warm and cosy environment. USP: Dedicated to delivering good quality food seven days a week, 12-9pm, sourced locally where possible, the entertainment offer is in keeping with a traditional pub. Sunday nights feature a trad session, a Bluegrass band plays the first Saturday of every month while live music every Saturday night gives local acts the chance to showcase their music or join the likes of Damien Dempsey or Brian Kennedy on stage.

CROSSKEYS INN - LOCATION: ARDNAGLASS, CO ANTRIM ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Vincent Hurl ON OFFER: The Crosskeys Inn, situated on what was once the main Belfast to Derry road, is the oldest thatched pub in Ireland dating back to c.1654 and attracts visitors worldwide. Plans have been approved for development to include dining and accommodation facilities. HISTORY: A whitewashed, thatched stone-built cottage, it served as a coaching stop as well as a public house and grocers. Crosskeys has been owned and manged by Vincent Hurl since 2001. USP: A renowned traditional music venue, it attracts musicians from all over Ireland and all other parts of the globe. Irish music sessions are held most Saturday nights with impromptu sessions on some Fridays and Sundays. In 2017, The Crosskeys Inn won the BBC Countryfile Country Pub of The Year award, as the first pub in Northern Ireland ever to be nominated for the award.

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CROWNE PLAZA - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Lord Rana (Andras Hotels) ON OFFER: Crowne Plaza is a luxury, four-star property located in an area of outstanding beauty within the Lagan Valley Regional Park, only a 15-minute drive from Belfast City Centre and the central business district and close to all main arterial routes. STYLE: Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts is an upscale, full-service hotel brand from InterContinental Hotels Group, designed with the modern business traveller in mind, with first class meeting facilities and complimentary high-speed wi-fi throughout the property. The hotel stands out from the crowd, offering new club bedrooms and stylish executive and deluxe bedrooms with exceptional beds and luxury bathrooms. USP: Business travellers to the hotel can enjoy cutting-edge conference facilities, with every aspect taken care of. Crowne Plaza Belfast offer the latest business services, a fantastic range of conferences suites and fast and fresh meal options designed to help keep business travellers productive, while the Crowne Plaza meetings director is on hand as one central point of contact to allow clients to focus on their event.

CURRAN’S BAR & SEAFOOD STEAKHOUSE - LOCATION: ARDGLASS ■ MANAGEMENT: Stephen Jenish, manager ON OFFER: Curran’s is a family venue with a large courtyard and children’s playground, live music, two helipads, large smoking area, and space for camper touring vans. HISTORY: Located in the sleepy hamlet of Chapeltown between Ardglass and Strangford, it is one of the oldest pubs in the area, having been built in 1791. Since then, it has been passed from generation to generation within the same family. STYLE: The pub was extensively refurbished by Drew Henry in 2003, and won several prestigious awards in quick succession. USP: The bar and restaurant is at the heart of the local community and is a great place for friends and family to enjoy good food, drink and craic. While the building is loved by locals and visitors alike, the main reason they return is for the quality, locally-sourced food including hand-shelled prawns, seafood platters and steak.

CYPRUS AVENUE - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Richard McCracken, chef owner ON OFFER: Cyprus Avenue on the edge of Ballyhackamore village opened in early 2017, named after the nearby tree-lined street made famous by Van Morrison in the heart of East Belfast. It is the first restaurant of chef/owner Richard McCracken, returning home after working with Tom Kitchin, Andrew Fairlie and Helene Darroze in Paris. HISTORY: Cyprus Avenue was transformed from a Mexican takeaway into a chic neighbourhood restaurant after considerable renovations, and was included in both the Michelin and McKenna Guides within months of opening the doors. The warm cosy interior and relaxed dining experience proved a hit with both locals and those travelling from further afield from the start. USP: Although lunch and dinner menus featuring local produce are the mainstay of the restaurant the fact that it is open from 9am serving breakfast, home-baked goodies and great coffee make it a neighbourhood haunt for all occasions.

DEANES DELI BISTRO & VIN CAFÉ - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Deanes ON OFFER: Deanes Deli Bistro is a relaxed, fun and fabulous and has established itself as a firm favourite in the city, given its location. It is perfect for winding down with great food and wine or a delicious cocktail, and popular for media types and business people seeking the perfect place to ‘do the deal over lunch’. USP: Deanes Deli Bistro & Vin Café stand side by side in Bedford Street. The bistro serves simple, stylish and elegant dishes all made predominantly with locally-sourced ingredients. The Vin, a café by day serving breakfast, Nespresso coffee, sandwiches and lunch specials, transforms into a candlelit atmospheric bar at night. 18 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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DEANES EIPIC - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Deanes ON OFFER: In the heart of Belfast, Deanes EIPIC offers innovative cooking and fine wine in an elegant setting. Subtle flavours are created, using predominantly local, seasonal produce of the finest quality, delicately prepared and perfectly presented. USP: Deanes EIPIC currently holds a Michelin star. Head Chef Alex Greene is from Dundrum in the Mourne country, and began his cooking career in the also-Michelin-starred Deanes in 2007 and, from there, went on to work at Petrus by Gordon Ramsay, Claridge’s by Gordon Ramsay and The Cliff House in Ardmore, all of which hold Michelin stars. For the past year, he has been working in Deanes EIPIC, delivering the freshest and most seasonal produce cooked to perfection. Sommelier Didier Nyeceront from the Loire Valley, meanwhile, helps with the perfect pairing of wine with food.

THE DIRTY DUCK ALEHOUSE - LOCATION: HOLYWOOD ■ OWNERS: Mark & Mandy McCrory ON OFFER: A traditional pub serving exceptional food in a cosy atmosphere, staff members have always been at the heart of its success. HISTORY: What used to be the Waterfront Wine Bar became The Dirty Duck Alehouse in 1997 when it was bought by Mark and Mandy McCrory’s Brewhouse Belfast. A complete rethink of the offering at the pub introduced food all day and a great selection of cask ales, which quickly put The Duck on the map. Four years later, a large expansion was undertaken, extending the upstairs area from 25 to 70 covers and creating one of the first bespoke smoking areas in any pub in Northern Ireland, a year before the smoking ban. In 21 years, it has won over 30 awards for everything from best gastro pub to most innovative licensee and is always working hard to improve its standards, last year creating The Quack Shack, a beach hut-style bar in its beer garden to enhance service over the summer months. USP: The Duck is different; it uniquely combines the best of the Irish pub with the best of the British pub. The craic, ales, food, atmosphere and great staff combine to offer something that seems to have enduring appeal.

THE DIRTY ONION - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Bill Wolsey (Beannchor) HISTORY: Dating back to 1780, the building was used as a bonded spirit warehouse from 1921. It was known locally as ‘STACK N’ – a reference to its position on the north side of Waring Street and the building still bears a giant red painted ‘N’ on its brick façade. STYLE: The distinctive external wooden structure is an original feature which, following careful restoration, frames the venue’s highly popular beer garden to the front of the complex, with a new contemporary courtyard stretching out to Hill Street. The venue was recently awarded a Heritage award by the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) for the transformation of the venue. Inside, low ceilings supported by exposed wooden beams and original brick walls throughout nod to the past. USP: The venue resides in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings, reintroduced as a traditional Irish public house with a modern twist. The Dirty Onion hosts an extensive seven-day music programme throughout the week offering open workshops in singing and various traditional instruments, sessions with the highest quality traditional musicians and performances from local bands. The building is also home to the popular Yardbird, a free-range chicken rotisserie restaurant, set on the second floor offering a lunch and dinner menu seven days a week.

DORMAN’S - LOCATION: MAGHERAFELT ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Henry & Teresa McGlone, owners; Catherine Donnelly, Conor McGlone, Ryan McGlone, management ON OFFER: Dormans Bar is established as one of the finest traditional pubs in Ireland; the venue oozes a wealth of character and charm. HISTORY: A legacy pub since 1905, Dormans has evolved to offer a traditional bar feel with modern quirks. Originally opened by the late Joe Dorman in 1905, the bar is located on Queen Street, Magherafelt and is a popular choice for food, drinks and live entertainment daily with customers from around the world. Current proprietors Henry and Teresa McGlone (nee Dorman) aim to provide the best in hospitality to customers each day with their dedicated and friendly team, and are passionate and well known in the hospitality industry having won many accolades in the past. USP: Dormans Bar serves food daily using local produce and drinks including decadent cocktails and a world gin and whiskey list. Live Music in the bar every week from Friday to Sunday including a monthly trad session. All major live sport can be viewed on the big screen and many TVs around the bar. www.hospitalityreviewni.com

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DUKE OF YORK - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Willie Jack/Paul O’Hare ON OFFER: Nestled along a narrow, cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, The Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour. Without TVs, fruit machines or gimmicks, the free house is a Belfast institution, renowned for its Irish whiskey range. Across Commercial Court is The Dark Horse, featuring Belfast antiques, furniture and artefacts from some of the city’s most famous hotels and buildings. HISTORY: Owned by Willie Jack since the early 1980s, the Duke has been a pub for 200 years, and had to be rebuilt after it was blown up by a terrorist bomb in 1972. STYLE: Bric-a-brac from Ulster’s pub trade, collected over the last 30-plus years by Willie Jack, adorn the walls and ceilings of The Duke, creating a unique historical narrative and arresting décor. USP: Famous live music venue (Snow Patrol first gigged here; outstanding!). Murals, street signage, Belfast memorabilia and hundreds of old Belfast photos adorn the streets of Half Bap to make it one of the ‘must see’ places in the city.

DUKE OF YORK 7-11 Commercial Ct, Belfast Tel: 028 9024 1062 Website: www.dukeofyorkbelfast.com

ENTRADA/1876 BRASSERIE & CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE - LOCATION: DERRY ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Sukhpal Kular, owner; Barry O’Brien, management ON OFFER: The menu reflects seasonality and local produce, with a Spanish Mibrasa Charcoal oven giving a unique texture and flavour to meat and fish. Private dining rooms are also available, catering for small family occasions, corporate events and wedding parties up to 120 people. HISTORY: A Grade 2 listed building, built in 1876, The Custom House was a bonded warehouse for export goods including liquor and tobacco, and was recently purchased by a local family who carried out extensive renovation works to create a modern dining venue. STYLE: Entrada is a Spanish-led casual dining restaurant. The interior is finished to a very high standard, combining old with the new. USP: This land mark city centre building enjoys views overlooking the river Foyle and historic Peace Bridge. The three floors allow provision of multiple dining options to cater for all occasions. Later this year, a new restaurant will be added to Custom House, located on the first floor and bringing a new dining concept to the Northwest.

THE ERRIGLE INN - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Philip McGurran ON OFFER: The Errigle Inn is one of Ireland’s most famous traditional pubs with a great reputation for food, music and atmosphere. The first bar in Belfast to receive an entertainment licence, it continues to host private functions and corporate events across five bars, an off licence, roof gardens and a beer garden, with food served throughout the building. HISTORY: The Errigle Inn opened in 1935, with its original date stone uncovered during refurbishments in 1998. Charlie McQuade, who also owned The Ava bar in Bangor and the Strand bar in Belfast, named it after his wife’s hometown in Co Monaghan. STYLE: History, character and charm abounds in the collections of old beer taps, corkscrews and other bar memorabilia, table-tops produced from old South African railway sleepers, original art deco glasswork on doors and original Lloyd Loom furniture. USP: The Errigle lays claim to the best sports coverage Belfast can offer, as a dedicated rugby venue and official sponsor of Ulster Rugby Women’s XV. GAA, horse racing and soccer are also covered. Offering over 20 beers on tap from big names to craft beers, it hosts guest and rotating draughts from local breweries, dispensed through an energy efficient Lancer cooling system. 20 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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EUROPA HOTEL - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Hastings Hotels HISTORY: The world-famous Europa Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast City Centre. It was purchased by Hastings Hotels in 1993 and has an international reputation for hosting prestigious events and looking after many of the celebrities and VIPs who visit Belfast including President Bill Clinton. STYLE: The hotel is tastefully decorated and furnished to the highest standards with 272 luxurious guest bedrooms and suites for guests to choose from. USP: The elegant décor, contemporary restaurant, bustling bar and relaxing piano bar lounge make the four-star Europa Hotel a perfect base for business and leisure guests visiting Belfast. The hotel offers the most versatile choice of event space of its kind in Northern Ireland and can cater for everything from small meetings to large conferences and gala dinners for up to 1,200 guests and boasts a total of 17 flexible meeting and event spaces.

THE FITZWILLIAM HOTEL - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ MANAGEMENT: Cian Landers, general manager ON OFFER: Welcome to five-star fabulousness in the very heart of Belfast city, next door to the Grand Opera House on Great Victoria Street. On offer are stylish guestrooms, incredible food, a muchloved bar, state-of-the-art conference rooms and top service. HISTORY: Opened by June Burgess of Graffan Properties in 2009, it was bought by Michael Holland of Hotel Partners in 2015 and, following a £2m refurbishment, received a five-star rating from Tourism NI. Planning approval has been granted for a further £6m extension. STYLE: Sleek and modern. USP: Alongside a high quality food and drinks offer, The Fitzwilliam boasts state-of-the-art conference suites, a fully-equipped business centre and a dedicated events team.

FRATELLI BELFAST - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Nicholas & Paul Hill, owners; Joanne Honeywood & Raymond Maguire, restaurant managers ON OFFER: Fratelli brings an original twist to quality Italian cooking. The unique menu features Italian cicchetti (tapas), rustic Italian main courses, pizzas and an extensive kids’ offering, as well as serving traditional cocktails and a large Italian wine selection. HISTORY: Following the success of Fratelli at Galgorm, Fratelli Belfast opened its doors on Great Victoria Street in 2014. The restaurant covers two floors, the ground floor with restaurant seating for 110 covers and an open style kitchen and the first floor with one large function room/restaurant for seating 100 covers. The first-floor restaurant had a £400,000 refurbishment in 2016, which now includes a 50-seater terrace area overlooking Victoria Street. STYLE: The interior features exposed red brick walls and barn oak finishes. The outside space is a mixture of marble and barn oak. The space as a whole gives a homely feel but with an essence of quality. For a number of years, the brand has been working with a local artist called Paul Bell. When the Fratelli brand was launched, Paul was commissioned to create a series of intricate wild boar paintings and charcoals that adorn the restaurant walls. USP: Fratelli is located in one of Belfast’s best-loved locations, Great Victoria Street, which is a major hub for tourists, commuters and shoppers, and adjacent to the Europa Bus and Train Station, making it easily accessible. A big hit in Fratelli is the kids’ offering, where they can be transformed into little chefs with a 22 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

FRATELLI BELFAST 60 Great Victoria Street, Belfast Tel: 028 90310862 Website: www.fratellibelfast.com

chef’s hat and apron, and have the opportunity to build their own unique pizza from a range of toppings before passing to the chef to complete the masterpiece. When it comes to healthy recipes, Fratelli has created a Shrink Menu devised by well known fitness and nutrition expert Estelle Wallace, and also offers gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian menus, an Italian wine list and multiple promotions, movie nights, gin evenings and cocktail masterclasses. twitter.com: @Hosp_ReviewNI

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FRIELS BAR AND RESTAURANT - LOCATION: SWATRAGH ■ OWNER: Dermot Friel ON OFFER: Rafters/Friels offers a family-friendly homely atmosphere with down-to-earth and friendly staff, all WorldHost trained. In addition to the bar and restaurant, it offers a BBQ beer garden and kids’ play area and, at weekends, local music artists perform from 9.30pm, including traditional sessions. HISTORY: Friels was used as a soup kitchen during the Great Famine in the 1840s, and features a famine corner including an original famine pot. In the Friel family for over 100 years, it is currently run by the fourth generation. STYLE: An historic bar and restaurant with original counter and framed wooden ceiling, it features pictures and memorabilia of bygone times. USP: Supporting local farmers is a focus, with much for the produce locally sourced, including beer-battered Donegal cod and tender gammon steak from Moores of Lurgan. It is also only 30 minutes from the Giant’s Causeway, the Old Bushmills Distillery and The Dark Hedges, and 15 minutes from the Seamus Heaney Homeplace. It was named Rural Pub of the Year 2016 by Hospitality Ulster.

THE FRONT PAGE - LOCATION: BALLYMENA ■ OWNERS: Stephen & Marie Reynolds ON OFFER: The Front Page Bar is an established town centre, cross-community, award-winning pub which has contributed to the hospitality and tourism offer of the local economy since 1990. STYLE: Twenty-eight years on, proprietors Stephen and Marie Reynolds, with the help of Team Front Page, offer a ‘traditional but modern’ clean, safe and welcoming pub and entertainment venue popular with 18–80-year-olds. USP: Front Page has won Hospitality Ulster’s Community Pub of the Year Award for Northern Ireland on no less than three occasions; in 2012, 2015 and 2016. Judges said: ‘The Front Page is a true hub of the community…. someone who has brought people together to achieve great things… supporting a wide number of very worthy causes and initiatives. Charity is most definitely close to home for this community-focused pub. The owners have gone to great lengths to engage with the local business community for the common good, driving trade into the local economy, as well as supporting training and development of their own staff and inspiring young people to explore a career in hospitality. The Front Page Bar is a great ambassador for the hospitality industry.’

FULLERTON ARMS - LOCATION: BALLINTOY, CO ANTRIM ■ OWNERS: Sean & Geraldine McLaughlin HISTORY: Sean and Geraldine acquired the Fullerton Arms in February 2016. Having both worked in the hospitality industry for many years, they have since then embarked 22-24 Main Street, Ballintoy, on a journey of change at the venue, putting together a well-trained team and, most Co Antrim recently, commencing a £200,000 refurb programme of all the bedrooms and public areas. Tel: 028 2076 9613 STYLE: Traditional Irish-style bar and restaurant, with new Scandinavian coastal-chic Website: www.fullerton-arms.com bedrooms. USP: Located in the heart of the Causeway coastal route and in the main Game of Thrones territory, the Fullerton Arms is home to Door of Thrones number six. It boasts Ireland’s only Moulerie (mussel bar) using all Northern Irish produce, was Highly Commended in the Most Promising New Tourism Business category at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2017, and is accredited by Taste of Ulster. Further, the Fullerton Arms was named Dog Friendly Pub of the Year for Northern Ireland 2016 and 2017 by Dog Buddy.

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GALGORM RESORT & SPA - LOCATION: GALGORM, BALLYMENA ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Nicholas & Paul Hill, owners; Paul Smyth, MD; Colin Johnston, GM HISTORY: Purchased by the owners in 1991 as a 22-bedroom gentleman’s residence, and transformed in 2006 to an opulent 74-bedroom resort & spa complex. September 2015 saw the completion of a £10m bedroom and leisure wing, adding 45 deluxe guestrooms, two suites and a Signature Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, panoramic views and terraces. The project also saw the addition of further leisure and gym facilities and an expansion of the Thermal Spa areas. Last year, a two-acre Spa Garden was added to the thermal spa village, along with the extension of the Italian Ristorante. Investment in the property in expected to reach £60m by 2021. STYLE: Its location on the banks of the River Maine creates a stunning and unique setting, allowing guests to appreciate the rugged NI landscape and feel absorbed into nature. The River House, raised on stilts with views over the cascading River Maine, offers meditation and exercise classes, while eco-friendly riverside tubs, each named after the ancient Irish trees in Galgorm wood, and the Celtic Sauna Ritual all help to deliver an authentic Irish experience. Throughout the Resort, an emphasis is placed on working with local Irish artists, photographs and craftsmen, with this collaboration giving guests a sense of their location and surroundings. USP: Galgorm is about ‘experience’, creating exceptional, bespoke experiences for each of its guests, and offering an authentic Irish

GALGORM RESORT & SPA 136 Fenaghy Road, Galgorm, Ballymena Tel: 028 25881001 Website: www.galgorm.com

welcome with an array of luxury facilities allow you to curate your own unique stay. The Resort boasts a number of unique facilities, allowing guests a wide choice of memorable ‘one-off’ experiences. Extensive indoor and outdoor spa facilities combine to create the largest Thermal Spa Village in the UK, where guests can enjoy robed dining in the unique Halo Dome (one of five in the world), and relaxation in the Orangery and Snow Cabin. The Resort also boasts Ireland’s largest gin collection with over 400 varieties. This resort is not to be missed.

THE GARRICK BAR - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Bill Wolsey (Beannchor); Colm Oates, manager ON OFFER: Today the Garrick bar is one of Belfast’s best watering holes, with a selection of 100 local and international beers and an extensive range of vodkas, gins and whiskeys on offer. Delicious food is served daily using ingredients sourced and supplied by local suppliers. Spicy chicken wings washed down with a great pint of Guinness is a firm favourite with the regulars. HISTORY: Formerly a marble and stone yard, the site of The Garrick became a tavern and, in 1870, McCauley, McCashin and Co, rectifying distillers and wine and spirit merchants, were dispensing drinks at the location. The Garrick name was in use by 1892 at the latest, when WJ McCoy ran the Garrick Bar and Billiard Room. Before the turn of the century, the bar became the second licensed premises to be acquired by the burgeoning partnership of Braithwaite and McCann. USP: Big on football and rugby, you’ll find the back bar full most weekends with the crowds gathered round the big screen. If sport is not your thing, you can relax in the front bar and enjoy the traditional Irish music sessions three times a week or enjoy DJ nights Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the back bar.

GINGER BISTRO - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Simon & Abby McCance ON OFFER: Located in the heart of Belfast City Centre, the bistro is recognised as one of Belfast’s finest, award-winning restaurants. HISTORY: The Ginger Bistro was established in 2000 on the Ormeau Road, with the aim of serving quality food in a relaxed and friendly environment. It has since moved to Hope Street and expanded last year into a Great Victoria Street site around the corner. Near the Opera House, Europa Hotel and Crown Bar, it has built a loyal local customer base while also attracting tourists. USP: With the help of a long-established team, Ginger Bistro has received many local and national awards over the years. With a hand picked supply chain, Ginger Bistro’s ingredients are all of top quality and locally produced when possible. 24 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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Portrush Harbour Bar Ramore Wine Bar Portstewart Anchor Complex Harry’s Shack Limavady - Owens’ Bar Derry Badgers Bar & Restaurant Bishop’s Gate Hotel Blackbird Browns Entrada/1876 Brasserie & Champagne Lounge Peadar O’Donnell’s Bar Quays Bar Sandinos

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Swatragh - Friels Bar and Restaurant Castledawson - Old Thatch Inn Toome - Crosskeys Inn Magherafelt The Coachman Dorman’s Mary’s Bar & Lounge Omagh - Sally’s of Omagh Donaghmore - Brewer’s House Dungannon Auction Rooms Hagan’s Bar McAleers Bar Lurgan Cellar Bar Corner House Bar Portadown - McConvilles Armagh Keegans Bar Newforge House Enniskillen Blakes of the Hollow Lough Erne Resort & Spa Manor House Country Hotel Taphouse Gastro Pub

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GRANNY ANNIES KITCHEN - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNERS: Brothers Willis and Ryan McLaughlin (W & R Holdings) HISTORY: Granny Annies is a leading operator in the hospitality industry within Northern Ireland, operating Granny Annies Kitchen & Bar in Limavady, Granny Annies Bar and live/ club venue in Derry and Granny Annies Kitchen in Belfast. The Belfast location opened in 2016 and, later that year, Granny Annies bought five pubs from JD Wetherspoon in Coleraine, Ballymena, Enniskillen and Derry. A sister venue The Tipsy Bird was opened on Ann Street in Belfast in 2017. STYLE: Kitsch old-style memorabilia and country furnishings, reflecting the Granny Annie theme. USP: Straight up pub grub, with a focus on traditional Irish dishes, Deep South classics and a few global influences thrown in for good measure.

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HAGAN’S BAR - LOCATION: DUNGANNON ■ OWNERS/MANAGEMENT: Paul & Briege Hagan; Paul Hagan, GM ON OFFER: Hagan’s, as it is more commonly known, offers a large, sophisticated space, with a state-of-the-art DJ booth, and stage for live acts. It offers two areas for private hire, ideal for birthdays, work parties or that special VIP experience. Over 30 large TVs provide live sport coverage during the day, viewable from every area of the bar, and the venue offers fresh food, cooked to order until late afternoon. HISTORY: A major renovation of the original premises, in 2008, proved to be an instant success, and continued in 2011 with the addition of Bar Bella, almost doubling the entertainment space. From humble beginnings in 1969, Hagans Bar and Bar Bella - encompassing the Bar 43 VIP Lounge, The Upstairs Velvet Lounge and Secret Outdoor Garden - has blossomed into one of the leading venues in Northern Ireland. USP: As evening turns to night, Hagan’s transitions into Mid-Ulster’s hottest entertainment venue, with delicious cocktails, drinks promotions, and top talent from across the country with guest DJ slots, and live performers.

THE HARBOUR BAR - LOCATION: PORTRUSH ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Ramore; Willie Gregg, manager ON OFFER: A multi award-winning bar which looks after many thousands of customers on a weekly basis from all over the world. Many customers call in for some Portrush hospitality, before they go to dine in one of the six eateries within the Ramore complex. Above the Bar is a gin bar famous for fresh cooked food, an extensive gin menu and top quality live music from early evening to 1am. Open every day from noon until late, with live music every night, the Harbour Bistro restaurant is at the rear of the public bar. HISTORY: The Harbour Bar Portrush is one of the oldest and original public houses left in Northern Ireland, a license was granted in the early 1800s when Portrush Harbour was being rebuilt, and the original fireplace in the snug is still lit every day. USP: The Harbour Bar is frequented by the world’s top sports people and actors, and has been voted one of Northern Ireland’s best dog friendly bars, best charity bar and best bar of the year, with the bar staff also picking up many additional hospitality awards

HARP BAR - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Willie Jack/ Ronan McLaughlin ON OFFER: The Harp Bar is a proper public house for the discerning drinker. Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus - what shall we give in return for so much? HISTORY: Aiming to recreate the famous atmosphere of the original 1970s Harp Bar, which closed in 1982, it was reopened in 2013 by Willie Jack. He is currently developing an adjacent building, to extend the Harp Bar with a smoking area and create a new art gallery named after the demolished Orpheus Ballroom on York Street, featuring all the original flooring, art deco windows and other artefacts rescued from the Ballroom. STYLE: The Harp Bar, incorporating the Dunville & Swinging Diddy Lounges, is decorated in plush red velvet fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings resonant with Victorian Belfast. Walls and cabinets feature rare memorabilia inspired by the building’s origins as a bonded warehouse and headquarters of The Old HARP BAR Bushmills Distillery Company. 35 Hill St, Belfast USP: An iconic live music venue hosting over 21 Tel: 028 9032 9923 bands per week, local talent performing there has included Van Morrison. Across the road from the Website: Harp Bar is The Friend at Hand, a unique whiskey www.dukeofyorkbelfast.com/ off-licence featuring a museum charting the worldrenowned distilling history of Belfast. venues/harp-bar/ 30 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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HARRY’S SHACK - LOCATION: PORTSTEWART ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Donal Doherty ON OFFER: Only three years old, Harry’s Shack has already gained a great reputation for its picturesque setting and tasty food. The award-winning restaurant situated along Portstewart Strand serves up fresh fish caught by local fishermen on a daily basis. HISTORY: Harry’s Shack followed Harry’s at Bridgend in Donegal, a family business taken over by former pilot Donal years before he opened the Portstewart restaurant. STYLE: Basically a beach shack on the sand, as its name would suggest, Harry’s Shack has a weathered wood, beachcomber vibe to it. The restaurant has also recently introduced a bar and veranda so customers can make the most of the incredible views that lie outside. USP: Once a National Trust Information Centre, the Shack is located on stunning Portstewart Strand. Using fruit, vegetables and herbs from its own organic farm and local meat and seafood in simple but sensational dishes, complemented by craft beer and cider from local breweries, the accolades have rolled in for Harry’s Shack, including a listing the The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Restaurants list last year.

THE HILLSIDE - LOCATION: HILLSBOROUGH ■ OWNER: Bill Wolsey (Beannchor) HISTORY: The pub has been called The Hillside throughout its history, having been established in 1752, making it Hillsborough’s oldest pub. The Hillside Bar, despite being open for almost 300 years, has been left relatively unscathed from our turbulent past unlike a lot of the pubs in Lisburn. STYLE: The Hillside is a charming, rustic pub situated in the historic Georgian village of Hillsborough, only 15 minutes’ drive from Belfast City Centre. USP: At The Hillside, gastronomes can enjoy a mouth-watering seasonal menu, complemented by a comprehensive selection of daily specials. The head chef endeavours to make the most of the wonderful local produce so abundantly available in the Co Down locale. The pub welcome families, couples and large groups alike, and features an elegant private room accommodating up to 50 people which can be tailored to the specific requirements of guests in terms of menus and entertainment. The Hillside is also one of Northern Ireland’s first dog-friendly pubs, and has become a very popular destination for dog owners. It also offers an extensive drinks selection and weekly entertainment.

HOP HOUSE - LOCATION: BANGOR ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Andrew Gedge, owner; Rachel Morrow, general manager HISTORY: The premises has had a mighty public bar history in Bangor, formerly Coyles, Donnegans and The Cart Wheel. Current ownership took over in 2015, followed by a major renovation and re-branding in 2016 totalling a £500,000 investment. STYLE: The front bar greets you with a shabby-chic-meets-retro feel, with its vintage red leather boothstyle seating, brick walls, neon signs and hanging light bulbs. Further features include industrial half exposed cement walls and flooring, yellow neon painted rails and pipes, gig posters, old school blackboards with quotes, sticker-bombed surfaces and street art by employees or local artists. USP: Hop House boasts a front bar, upstairs bistro, beer garden, secret house and snug room, with plenty of quirky features to keep the eyes wandering. The venue offers patrons free entertainment seven days a week, specialising in vinyl DJs with its own House Collective, retro gamer nights and play your own vinyl. The beer garden really sets Hop House apart from other venues with the outside bar, pizza oven and BBQ, as well as an open fire in the secret house. Customer experience is key, and making it unique and authentic is the aim.

HOWARD STREET - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Marty Murphy ON OFFER: Opened in 2013 by award-winning chef Marty Murphy, the eponymously named Howard Street has gained a reputation for high quality fayre with South Eastern undertones that result in dishes people come back for time and time again. STYLE: In a lofty, ‘industrial-esque’ setting, customers can enjoy the food along with carefully-selected wines or show-stopping cocktails. USP: The words ‘fresh, locally-sourced ingredients’ are becoming lost in translation these days; however Howard Street delivers exactly these, in a menu where flavour is always at the forefront. With an emphasis on quality, this is reflected in not only its food but also the service, with attentive and experienced staff providing the finishing touches to a unique dining experience. www.hospitalityreviewni.com

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THE IVANHOE HOTEL - LOCATION: CARRYDUFF ■ OWNERS: Maguire family TYPE OF PREMISES: The Ivanhoe still manages to retain the homely ambience of an individual family-run hotel, with many original features. HISTORY: The Ivanhoe Hotel, Saintfield Road, Carryduff began its existence back in the 1800s as a spirit-grocers and at that time was known as The Halfway House – a well-known stopping-off point for travellers on their way from Belfast to Saintfield. The Inn was the first bar to allow women to drink unaccompanied by men! Unusually the Inn has only ever had two owners – the Mallon Family who then sold to the present owners, the Maguire Family in 1980. Many changes have taken place in the intervening years and the old inn has become a thoroughly modern hotel to meet the demands of discerning guests, including free wi-fi throughout and modern comforts in its 29 bedrooms. Recent refurbishments have transformed the Ivanhoe grill and bar, reception area and function rooms, and added outdoor seating areas with gas fire pits.

JAMES STREET SOUTH BAR & GRILL - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Niall McKenna, head chef and owner ON OFFER: Undeniably one of the most highly respected and popular eateries in the city, James Street South has stood the test of time and maintains its enviable position as a must-do on the city’s culinary scene. With expert mixologists and renowned sommeliers, the kitchen, led by Head Chef David Gillmore, is well complemented by the experience of the award-winning team. HISTORY: At the vanguard of culinary expertise since opening its doors in 2003, James Street South maintains a loyal customer base and remains front of mind for anyone visiting the city. STYLE: A crisp and contemporary interior provides a relaxed and comfortable environment. The dining room is lively, busy and modern with a glamorous and unique look. USP: Niall’s passion and commitment to local producers, farmers and fishermen ensures a steady supply of seasonal dishes of the highest quality using ingredients sourced from across Northern Ireland. His support and enthusiasm for the next generation of chefs and hospitality professionals has also been realised through the group’s Apprenticeship programme.

JENNY WATTS - LOCATION: BANGOR ■ OWNER: Neil McKeown ON OFFER: As Bangor’s oldest and most revered public house, Jenny Watts aims to reinvent the art of conversation in a warm and entertaining environment. Wide craft beer and wine lists are on offer alongside classic pub fare such as lasagne, burgers, steak and pasta dishes. HISTORY: Bangor’s ‘oldest public establishment’ was founded in 1780. STYLE: Period memorabilia. USP: The establishment includes an upstairs nightclub for the discerning late 20-something, Ruby’s lounge, which hosts 1980s and 1990s nights throughout the year and is also available for private hire. The lower bar offers live acoustic music, including regular Chill out Friday and Jazz Sunday slots, while Jenny Watts also has a relaxing beer garden for lazing on a sunny afternoon.

THE JOHN HEWITT - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre MANAGEMENT: David Moore HISTORY: The John Hewitt first opened its doors in December 1999. STYLE: Traditional gastro pub, live music venue. USP: The John Hewitt is very unique in that it is Belfast’s only social enterprise pub. Set up by the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, The John Hewitt’s profits are used to finance crosscommunity and employment training projects and help support local charities. 32 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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KEEGANS BAR - LOCATION: ARMAGH ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Kevin & Donna Keegan; Laura Keegan, manager ON OFFER: : Keegan’s Bar bistro is a local, family-run business in Armagh City within easy walking distant of the city centre, GAA athletic grounds and the Armagh Rugby Club. HISTORY: It was opened in 1994 as Damper Murphy’s and rebranded after extensive renovations as Keegan’s bar in 2008. It is a warm, friendly and welcoming establishment serving delicious, locally-produced food with hard-tobeat prices. STYLE: The interior consists of beautifully carved wooden panelling with the ceiling adorned by antique moulded cornices, all of which is complemented by ambient lighting providing an ideal atmosphere for a relaxing dining encounter, mixing a fine blend of both good food and pub experience which is shared by both locals and visitors alike. USP: Keegan’s bar offers a unique and special adventure to all who visit Armagh.

KELLY’S CELLARS - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Lily Mulholland ON OFFER: Kelly’s Cellars is Belfast’s oldest traditional Irish pub, often described as ‘a hidden gem that oozes old traditional values’. It lays claim to the best pint of Guinness in Belfast, served with its homemade Irish beef stew. HISTORY: Built in 1720, it is situated in the heart of the city. United Irishmen used Kelly’s Cellars as a meeting place and plotted the 1798 rebellion against English rule. Kelly’s Cellars has changed very little in 200 years and still has most of its original features. STYLE: The whitewashed walls and uneven concrete floor are in keeping with a traditional Irish bar. The bar is what you would imagine a few hundred years ago; low arches and an original open fire makes Kelly’s Cellars feel like home from home and people singing a song or two is a familiar part of a vibrant pub. USP: Although Kelly’s is in the City Centre, it boasts a local clientele from all over Belfast and you’re always guaranteed some local banter and a true Irish welcome. It has a rich musical heritage, and musicians from all over Ireland and beyond often call in for a few tunes in a relaxed atmosphere.

LA TAQUERIA - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Adam Lynas, Joe Goudie, Andy Rea, Stephen Haller, owners; Joe Goudie, Adam Lynas, Eliza Vignolle, management ON OFFER: La Taqueria is a restaurant serving top quality, authentic Mexican food and drinks at an affordable price in a relaxed yet professional setting, with all dishes priced below £12. HISTORY: Adam’s love affair with Mexican food started in 2010 when he first visited Eliza in her home city of Monterrey. La Taqueria opened its doors in September 2016. STYLE: Hues of traditional Mexican pink, yellow and blue cover the walls, and sombreros or plastic cactus are nowhere to be seen. USP: The food on offer in La Taqueria is some of the only truly Mexican food available on these islands. Most of what is on offer as Mexican food is in fact TexMex of some other vague imitation of the idea of Mexico.

LAVERYS/WOODWORKERS - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNERS/MANAGEMENT: Bernard and David Lavery, Michael Quigley ON OFFER: The Woodworkers Beer & Wine Grocers is a newly-renovated, independent off licence opened in late December 2017 as the latest addition to Laverys. It stocks a carefully-curated list of new wines, some exclusive to Northern Ireland, and a wide range of premium spirits. Canning services for draught products are also available, allowing consumers to drink fresh at home whatever is pouring on the rotating taps next door at The Woodworkers Bar, Laverys’ well-established Rotating Tap Room which opened in December 2015 and features 14 rotating beer taps, an ever-expanding cocktail offering, vegan-friendly food menu and unpretentious, inviting atmosphere. STYLE: Relaxed, modern. USP: Lays claim as the leading craft beer dispensary in Northern Ireland offering canning services for draught products, and an independent offlicence. 34 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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LIMELIGHT - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Limelight Belfast HISTORY: Limelight is a mid-sized live music and nightclub venue complex, which initially opened in 1987. The venue is split into four spaces - Limelight 1 (rebuilt in 2012 with state-of-theart lighting and sound), the original venue now called Limelight 2, Katy’s Bar and The Rock Garden - an outdoor terrace. Limelight has strong associations with new bands, homegrown and international talent and no-frills club nights. STYLE: Victorian USP: The Limelight has hosted legendary shows from the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Jeff Buckley and Manic Street Preachers, with acts such as Slayer, Primal Scream, Two Door Cinema Club, Steve Aoki, The Darkness and Disclosure all playing in the last couple of years.

LOBSTER POT - LOCATION: STRANGFORD ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Steven Kilgore; David Kennedy, manager ON OFFER: A small cosy bar offering a friendly welcome for a pint by the fire, or a lively night filled to the rafters with the jukebox on repeat. An elegant lounge and private beer garden to the rear make a lovely location for private dining, with second floor accommodation expected to be completed in summer 2018. HISTORY: The ‘Pot’ re-opened in summer 2014, after businessman Steven Kilgore took on the challenge to revive the once well-known restaurant. In so doing, he has created an award-winning seafood restaurant with character and charm. STYLE: The interior is an array of soft green, blue and cream textiles, which complement the surroundings and view of Strangford Lough from the dining room. USP: Strangford has featured on BBC’s UK Village of the Year 2018, and plays host to HBO’s Game of Thrones, filmed in Castle Ward with the Pot catering for www. gameofthronestours.com. GoT fans from all over the world dine in its themed room with authentic horns, tankards, cloaks and crowns; a ‘must do’ for fans of the show.

LOUGH ERNE RESORT & SPA - LOCATION: ENNISKILLEN ■ OWNER: TRU Hotels and Resorts ON OFFER: The five-star luxury Lough Erne Resort nestles within a 600-acre peninsula and is truly the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the spectacular Fermanagh Lakelands Region. The multi-award-winning Resort is located between the breathtakingly beautiful shorelines of Lough Erne and Castle Hume Lough, just 10 minutes from the historic town of Enniskillen. The Resort features 120 rooms and suites and each year welcomes visitors from all over the world. HISTORY: Lough Erne Resort celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. It was acquired in 2015 by a US investment group led by Vine Avenue Advisors, LLC and TRU Hotels and Resorts. USP: This unique facility boasts world-class facilities including dedicated conference and banqueting space for up to 400 people, five excellent food and beverage options – including The Catalina Restaurant, Northern Ireland’s first 3 AA Rosette Hotel Restaurant - and the only authentic, wholly-Thai Spa in the UK and Ireland. The complex has two championship golf courses – the Castle Hume and the signature Faldo course – two floodlit driving ranges and the Lough Erne Golf Academy which is a state-of-the-art practice and tuition facility.

MANOR HOUSE COUNTRY HOTEL - LOCATION: ENNISKILLEN ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: McKenna family; John O’Neill, GM ON OFFER: Located in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, near Enniskillen town centre on the shores of Lower Lough Erne, four-star Manor House Country Hotel is one of Northern Ireland’s leading hotels. A perfect country retreat, guests can enjoy a true sense of tranquillity and superb views of Lough Erne. HISTORY: Steeped in history, the origins of Manor House Country Hotel date back to the 17th century. STYLE: As a family-owned property, it combines old world charm with modern hotel luxury and a warm Fermanagh welcome to create a charming country house ambience. While Belleek Restaurant features an ornate interior with high ceilings and fabulous cornice details, the Watergate Bar brings a modern twist with a sleek marble bar, sedate lighting, sophisticated cocktail bar stools and lounge seating. Cellar Door Bistro, meanwhile, captures the old world charm of the original Manor House with its traditional cottage style walls and vaulted ceiling. USP: The hotel offers a selection of high-quality restaurants and bars, including Belleek Restaurant, awarded AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. Facilities include a marina, nine-hole golf course, outdoor hot tub, Romanesque swimming pool, steam rooms and a Jacuzzi. www.hospitalityreviewni.com

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MARY McBRIDE’S - LOCATION: CUSHENDUN ■ OWNERS: Cormac & Fiona McKeegan ON OFFER: Bar and seafood restaurant. HISTORY: First opened in 1911, it is named after the late Mary McBride and was one of Ireland’s smallest pubs until 1997. Cormac and Fiona took ownership in 2006 and, in 2015, extended to open a restaurant upstairs know as The Little Black Door. STYLE: The bar is in the style of an old Irish bar, with a small front bar and larger kitchen bar, while the restaurant is in country home style. USP: What makes McBride’s special is the charm of its old original bar, which is stocked full of Irish whiskey, the atmosphere in its seafood restaurant as you look out to Cushendun Bay, and having a Guinness in front of its open fire while listening to a live trad session. It has Door of Thrones number eight.

MARY’S BAR - LOCATION: MAGHERAFELT ■ OWNERS/MANAGEMENT: Henry & Teresa McGlone, owners; Thomas Doherty & Nathan Evans, management ON OFFER: Mary’s Bar and Restaurant in Magherafelt offers a cosmopolitan social scene with the best of entertainment and decadent food, with a wealth of character and charm. This ambience, combined with the acclaimed food it serves, provides guests with a splendid location to dine and relax or be entertained. HISTORY: 2018 marks an exciting year for the business as proprietors Henry and Teresa McGlone celebrate 10 years of ownership, with an array of special events planned to mark the momentous occasion. USP: The kitchen, operated by Head Chef James Graham, prides itself on delivering uncomplicated but exciting dishes that make the most of local produce. From enjoying its drinks list, with a focus on world gin and whiskey offerings, and signature and classic cocktails, guests can enjoy a memorable visit to Mary’s whatever the occasion. The bar also offers a wide range of entertainment on a weekly basis from relaxing acoustic sessions on a Thursday evening to Big Band nights and a DJ at the weekend.

MATTIE’S MEETING HOUSE - LOCATION: CAIRNCASTLE, CO ANTRIM ■ OWNER: Martha Davis TYPE OF PREMISES: Mattie’s is very much a traditional country pub. The tables are made from Singer sewing machines, on the bar are the marks where they once cut tobacco and there will be logs on the fire to greet you on a cold day. Bring your instrument and join in with the local musicians for a bit of craic. STYLE: One of the area’s oldest pubs, Mattie’s Meeting House can be traced back to the early 1800s. Current Licensee, Martha, took over in 2012 but started working there back in 1997. USP: Mattie’s offers great, home-cooked food at affordable prices, with families, couples, groups and tourists of all ages enjoying the experience. At the heart of the community, the pub raises thousands of pounds for local charities, is dog friendly and includes a beer garden which is busy when the sun shines.

McALEERS BAR - LOCATION: DUNGANNON ■ OWNERS: McAleer family ON OFFER: The venue incorporates buzz bars, cocktail bars, nightclub with VIP pods, sports bar, traditional pub and outdoor smoking bar. HISTORY: Established in 1979 by Sean and Rosemarie McAleer, it has grown in size and stature over the years with major renovations in 2003 and 2011, winning numerous accolades along the way and providing its customers with a versatile and vibrant venue priding itself on customer satisfaction. STYLE: McAleers is a collection of rooms with different bars themed in old and new styles from the traditional old-style pub to the contemporary nightclub. USP: McAleers provides a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with excellent facilities and service. The venue has no cover charge and allows patrons to pass freely through the series of interconnecting bars with different themes and contrasting entertainment. The newly-added VIP pods situated in the nightclub accommodate partygoers celebrating a special occasion with the privacy of their own enclosed area adjacent to the dancefloor whilst enjoying the all the benefits of an eclectic club atmosphere. 36 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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McCONVILLES - LOCATION: PORTADOWN ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Andy Robinson ON OFFER: McConvilles bar incorporates three individual nightlife experiences into one heart of Portadown. Established over 150 years ago, McConvilles bar has developed into a hospitality culture of its own, with the edition of Ma Berry’s and Euphoria Nightclub. HISTORY: McConville’s has been situated on the corner of Portadown’s Mandeville and West streets since the 1800s, and was previously called The Mandeville Arms. McConville’s once bottled their own blended whiskey, port wines, Jamaican rum, vodka, Guinness and beers. In 2015, the bar celebrated its 150th anniversary, attended by Eamon Molloy who began working for the McConvilles and McAnallens in 1956, was promoted to manager in 1972 and retired in 2006. USP: Original pub features include wooden snugs with bells fitted to call service, moulded ceilings, etched windows and Victorian tiles, with some of the Russian oak fixtures in the bar said to be copied from designs used in the Titanic.

THE MERCHANT HOTEL - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Bill Wolsey (Beannchor); Gavin Carroll, GM HISTORY: Since opening in the Cathedral Quarter in April 2006, The Merchant Hotel has breathed new life into Belfast City Centre. In 2010, a further 36 rooms were added to the existing 26 as well as a luxury spa, rooftop gymnasium, a dedicated meetings and events floor and a jazz bar. It is now Belfast’s only AA five-star hotel. STYLE: A harmonious blend of Victorian grandeur and Art Deco elegance, the original Grade A listed building is adorned with the finest furniture and impeccable finishes, delivering opulence at every turn. USP: Delighting guests with first-class service, unrivalled decadent accommodation and an unparalleled food and drink offering, The Merchant Hotel provides five-star luxury while still being affordable. It has accumulated over 100 prestigious accolades, including the UK Hotel Awards Best UK Hotel and World’s Best Cocktail Bar at the Tales of the Spirit Cocktail Awards. Offering a wide range of choice from breakfast, to the traditional Afternoon Tea, right through to a ninecourse tasting menu, dining in The Merchant Hotel is an experience not to be missed.

MILLBROOK LODGE HOTEL - LOCATION: BALLYNAHINCH ■ OWNERS: Maguire family ON OFFER: A three-star venue with a warm and friendly four-star feel. HISTORY: Built approximately 40 years ago, the hotel has most recently come into the ownership of the Maguire family. The family takes great pride in the business their late father bought and left them, and has spend many years adding to and improving the venue. In the past five years, major renovations have been completed with the entire hotel modernised and a new function suite added, making it an even more popular wedding venue than before. STYLE: Country house with modern, relaxing decor, and beautiful gardens for afternoon walks. USP: Providing a warm Co Down welcome, a Taste of Ulster-accredited restaurant and priding itself on supporting local, and loving its guests to make memories at Millbrook.

MORNING STAR - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNERS: McAlister family ON OFFER: A traditional-style pub and restaurant, it provides everything from a buffet lunch to a top-end gourmet Beef Club, showcasing the best of what Northern Ireland has to offer. HISTORY: Situated in Pottinger’s Entry, a narrow cobbled entry running between two of the City Centre’s busiest thoroughfares, the Morning Star is one of Belfast’s oldest pubs dating back as far as 1810 and first built as a coaching stop for the Belfast to Dublin post. It was purchased from Brendan Boylan in the late 1980s by current owners, the McAlister family. STYLE: Traditional Victorian. USP: Award-winning gastropub, sourcing its own prize-winning beef and lamb, growing its own organic herbs and salads and sourcing locally wherever possible. An elite team of WorldHost-trained bar and waiting staff provide great customer service and experience. 38 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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MOURNE SEAFOOD BAR - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Bob McCoubrey ON OFFER: Situated beside another Top 100 entry, Kelly’s Cellars, Mourne Seafood Bar serves locally sourced mussels, oysters, langoustines and other fish dishes at an affordable price. Food is cooked traditional style or with a continental or Asian twist, with diners offered a choice between a casual downstairs menu and more upscale dining on the next floor. Meat dishes are also available. USP: Mussels, oysters and cockles are sourced from shellfish beds at Ballyedmond in Carlingford Lough, with other fish purchased directly from the local ports of Annalong and Kilkeel on a daily basis.

MUDDLERS CLUB - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Gareth McCaughey, head chef & owner TYPE OF PREMISES: High-end restaurant opened in the backstreets of Belfast in October 2015 with a clear concise menu, eclectic wine and cocktail menu, and a focus on quality ingredients served in an original manner. Its aim is to provide a top-quality dining experience with no frills attached. STYLE: Post-industrial style with an extensive open kitchen allowing diners to see their dishes being meticulously prepared and put together. Shades of gold add warmth to a darkened dining room allowing customers to kick back and relax while Muddlers Club takes care of them with focused service. USP: Offering a unique dining experience with an original style in food, ambience and service. It’s a prefect spot for a special occasion in the evening, a pre-theatre dinner or a fleeting lunch, offering something for everyone.

MURIELS CAFÉ BAR - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: JK Pubs ON OFFER: Described by Lonely Planet as ‘hats meet harlotry’, Muriel burst onto the bar scene of Belfast in 2005 with a mission to share her collection and love of gin. Since then, Muriel’s has become the go-to bar for, not only the range of gins and quality spirits which fill every possible flat surface, but also her commitment to quality cocktails. Her original gin and honeycomb concoction has now spread throughout the land and, for many, has become their go-to serve. The opulent upper lounge was extended in 2016, with the addition of the Monkey Room. With its own bar, the space provides an extension to the dining area but, slide the door, and it transforms into a private room for intimate imbibing. Open seven days a week with a delicious and varied food menu catering for everyone from weekend brunchers and work day lunchers to night nibblers, Muriel’s has also gained a firm foodie following. STYLE: Retro crushed velvet and crystal boudoir meets your favourite, cosy local. USP: Gin range and knowledge.

THE NATIONAL & SIXTY6 - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Bill Wolsey (Beannchor) HISTORY: The National Grande Cafe is set in the historic surrounding of one of Belfast’s oldest buildings, the former National Bank Building on High Street. STYLE: Inside lies an intentionally unfinished industrial modern interior of exposed bricks, steel girders and concrete floors. The girders are now painted in the unmistakable yellow of Samson and Goliath and sit alongside artwork by local artist Gavin Millar. USP: The venue is home to one of the largest dedicated beer gardens in Belfast and offers six bars under one roof. The former National Bank Building is split into five sections offering a rooftop bar, a night club, a lounge bar for relaxing, a stunning cocktail bar and the National’s main room, all of which offer the customer live music and DJ sets throughout the week. From morning until early evening, customers can relax in the airy contemporary space, enjoying breakfast, lunch and evening menus alongside an extensive drinks selection. The venue offers a range of events from Belfast’s first ever cocktail festival and film screenings at Sixty6 to the promotion of Belfast’s local music talent, with live music and DJ performances taking place four days a week. www.hospitalityreviewni.com

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NEWFORGE HOUSE - LOCATION: MAGHERALIN, CO ARMAGH ■ OWNERS: John & Lou Mathers ON OFFER: A small family-run five-star historic country house guesthouse and restaurant on the edge of the village of Magheralin, Co Armagh offering excellent seasonal food and luxurious accommodation in tranquil surroundings. HISTORY: After two years of extensive renovation and restoration to convert the family home into a six-bedroom luxury Georgian Country House Guesthouse, Newforge House opened to guests in May 2005. STYLE: Cradled in beautiful gardens and green fields, Newforge House offers warm hospitality and superb seasonal food in tranquil surroundings. Its six individually designed bedrooms blend antiques with contemporary comforts and offer views of mature gardens and countryside. USP: Newforge House’s aim is to make guests feel completely at home by building on inherent Northern Irish qualities of warmth and friendliness. Guests are informally greeted, given a personal tour of the house and offered complimentary tea/coffee and homemade biscuits in the drawing room. Homegrown and local seasonal food is at the heart of Newforge, with vegetables, fruits and herbs from the kitchen garden, polytunnel and orchard featuring in breakfast and dinner menus.

NOBLE - LOCATION: HOLYWOOD ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Pearson Morris, chef/director; Saul McConnell, manager/director ON OFFER: Noble is a bustling neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Holywood, featuring a changing, seasonal menu and an evolving, exciting wine list. HISTORY: Noble opened in early September 2016, as a 30-seater restaurant operating from Wednesday to Sunday in premises that were formerly home to Bistro Iona. STYLE: Noble is offering a quality dining experience presented in an intimate and comfortable setting in an upstairs space, with blue banquettes, textured walls in earthy shades and a blackboard for daily specials. USP: Quality and value. Noble has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, which highlights restaurants serving high-quality food at a reasonable price.

THE NORTHERN WHIG - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Stephen Magorrian (Horatio Group) ON OFFER: The Northern Whig is open seven days per week, offering brunch, casual dining, small plates and contemporary gastro choices, in addition to a huge selection of premium wines, spirits, beers and cocktails. HISTORY: The Northern Whig reopened its doors after an extensive refurbishment project that saw complete transformation for the building. The major overhaul took place over four weeks with the big reveal taking place in April 2016. USP: Situated at the entrance to the Cathedral Quarter, The Northern Whig provides a memorable dining and drinking experience in the heart of Belfast. With a blend of luxury, comfort and glamour, The Whig is dedicated to bringing the best that Belfast has to offer in all aspects of hospitality.

OLD THATCH INN - LOCATION: CASTLEDAWSON ■ OWNER: Ryan McGrath ON OFFER: Traditional dishes featuring local produce alongside some all-time favourites that have been on offer over the years, and a large range of drink, including local craft beers, ciders, gins and whiskeys. HISTORY: The Old Thatch Inn was established in 1832, and offers a unique traditional setting. Traditionally a family-run business, it was taken over by Ryan McGrath, who is also head chef, in the last few years. With a focus on family and the local community, Ryan has appointed a family member with 14 years of experience in the industry as general manager, while his father’s 40 years of experience in maintenance is evident in the immaculate building. STYLE: The exquisite exterior is traditional but unique in the area, with an old Irish theme followed through into the interior. USP: Situated off the main road between the City of Derry and Belfast, the Old Thatch Inn is only five minutes from the Seamus Heaney Home place, and ideal for bus tours, business meetings, local club fundraisers/presentations and all occasions. It offers live entertainment every weekend from Friday-Sunday, ranging from traditional music to live bands. 40 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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LOCATION: CARRICKFERGUS

■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Jack Creighton ON OFFER: With a comprehensive offer spanning a main bar, two lounges, snug and bistro downstairs, upstairs restaurant seating 120, and two beer gardens, Ownies aims to offer as good as, if not better than, the best in Belfast. A family-friendly venue, it is quick to embrace evolving consumer demand; most recently welcoming dogs. Open from 10am daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as functions and weddings, it serves a wide range of fresh, locally sourced dishes. Catering for customers with allergies, produce also benefits from a quality upgrade such as using an onsite sparkling water system to produce a light, crisp batter for scampi. As well as other traditional pub dishes such as fish and chips, lasagne, and beef and Guinness pie, Ownies serves higher end fare from its renowned chowder to speciality fish dishes and tomahawk steaks. A wide drinks offer, meanwhile, includes strong cocktail, whiskey and gin menus, with the right glassware and presentation regarded as vital. Live bands playing at the venue have praised the diversity of its punters, with Ownies attracting a harmonious client base of 18 to 80 year olds and everyone in between. Families come in to dine, including couples that met at the bar and now bring their children there. Beyond locals, visitors and business people from across Northern Ireland often stop by, as well as tourists from further afield. HISTORY: When Jack Creighton took over the bar in 2001, it was known as the Joymount Arms and, before that, the Little Red Pub, which held only 30-40 patrons and had a long-term owner with the nickname of Ownie. Renaming the venue with a nod to the wellknown local publican, Jack has since expanded it year on year, and Ownies is now licensed to hold 600 people. STYLE: Bringing a stylish, modern spin to a traditional Irish bar, Ownies is clean, warm, and inviting with open fires, cosy lighting and no less than 22 diverse wall coverings bringing texture and interest to the space. Constant innovation keeps the customers coming back, be it a new gallery showcase for local artists bringing a splash of colour to the restaurant or a green wall supplying herbs for the kitchen. www.hospitalityreviewni.com

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OWNIES

16-18 Joymount, Carrickfergus Tel: 028 9335 1850 Website: www.owniesbarbistro.com

USP: Owner Jack Creighton places utmost importance on values in the running of his business, taking precedence over money. Get the values right, he says, and profits will follow. Such values range from providing a quality offer to customers and professional and personal support system for staff members to CSR initiatives in the community. Rather than pocketing a £5 entry fee on this past New Year’s Eve, for example, the proceeds were donated to local charities with over £4,000 raised. With the pub at the heart of the community, it supports local initiatives centred round health and wellbeing in particular, from school programmes to running and cycling clubs. Jack’s background in training and development has brought a further positive dimension to the business. In an industry of constant staff turnover, a number of Ownies’ eight-strong team of chefs have been there for over a decade while five of its chefs were trained up from scratch. If a trainee shows the right attitude, Jack will put them through catering college, while he regularly brings in friend and local industry stalwart Sean Owens to inspire the team and reinvigorate the menus. In total, the business employs 38 members of staff, operating as an extended family and keeping customers happy with their banter and craic. Consistency through good systems, strong customer service and creativity are a mantra at Ownies. THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018 HRNI • 41


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OWENS’ BAR - LOCATION: LIMAVADY ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Damian Owens ON OFFER: On arrival, one is greeted by the warmth of roaring fires and the sound of local banter. Photographs adorn the walls of characters past and present, all of which add to the homely ambience. For the traveller on their way to the Causeway Coast, this family-run business warrants a visit with the assurance of a warm welcome and indeed ‘the perfect pint’. HISTORY: Established in 1852, Frank Owens’ bar has become a household name in the North West. The award-winning pub remains relatively unchanged over the years and has retained all the features that make this establishment a welcome stop. USP: In recent times, the arrival of the Game of Thrones door has added another dimension to the bar. Visitors, from far and near, call in to view this beautiful work of art. Friendly staff is at hand to greet, and explain the origin of the door and its association with the locality.

OX - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Stephen Toman & Alain Kerloc’h ON OFFER: OX is a modern Irish restaurant that seats 40, with a plate glass shop front view over the water, exposed brick and polished concrete details, as well as an intimate mezzanine area for more secluded dining. STYLE: The style is relaxed, the décor is paired back and the space buzzes with energy from the open kitchen. USP: OX menus are designed to showcase excellent meats and sustainably sourced fish whilst equally careful attention is given to seasonal produce. Head chef and owner Stephen Toman is a true believer in seasonality and has the imagination and creativity to bring seemingly mundane ingredients to Technicolor life. Alain Kerloc’h, co owner, uses his extensive experience as sommelier and restaurant manager, gained through years in leading Michelin restaurants.

THE PARSON’S NOSE - LOCATION: HILLSBOROUGH ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Ronan & Jennie Sweeney, directors ON OFFER: The Parson’s Nose is a Georgian pub and restaurant in Hillsborough, owned by Ronan and Jennie Sweeney, directors of award-winning gastro-pub group Balloo Inns. The group also owns Balloo House in Killinchy and the Poacher’s Pocket near Comber. Uniquely for a Northern Irish pub group, all three venues in the group are featured in the Michelin Guide. HISTORY: Bought by the group in 2009, The Parson’s Nose unveiled a new chapter in its history early in 2017 with the completion of a £600,000 refurbishment and extension, which has revamped the country-chic design and food concept and has created 20 jobs. USP: Well known for showcasing local and seasonal produce on the menu and for supporting local brewers and distillers behind the bar, the new layout introduces a woodfired oven into the premises for the first time, adding a unique element to the gastro-pub menu with a broadened appeal.

PEADAR O’DONNELL’S BAR - LOCATION: DERRY ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Phil Nolan & William McGuinness ON OFFER: In recent years, Waterloo Street has become the hub of Derry’s thriving nighttime economy with the jewel in the crown being Peadar O’Donnell’s. Its owners have invested heavily in developing their adjoining premises, The Gweedore Bar and Nightclub 57. This investment has been successful in offering punters a diverse choice of evening entertainment from traditional Irish music to contemporary rock and nightclubbing. HISTORY: Peadar’s is located on a site housing licensed premises for over 200 years. People from all over the North West of Ireland getting the boat to go to work on farms in Scotland would stop off in hostelries in Waterloo Street; hence the Donegal connections in the naming of many of the pubs there. STYLE: Peadar’s has the ambience of an old shop/pub style familiar in Ireland in the early part of the last century. USP: What makes it special and unique is an emphasis on live traditional Irish music, which can be heard every night and from early evening right through to closing at weekends, while its collection of flags of many nations and bric a brac is renowned the world over. 42 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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PIER 36 - LOCATION: DONAGHADEE ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Denis & Margaret Waterworth ON OFFER: Situated on the quayside of one of the most picturesque harbours on the coast, Pier 36 is an award-winning, well-managed family business. From the moment you arrive, the intimate atmosphere and warm welcome from courteous, well-trained staff is memorable. HISTORY: Since opening in 1999, Pier 36 has gone from strength to strength. A major renovation and expansion in 2005 included a new kitchen, extended dining area and beer garden. USP: The recipe for success at Pier 36 is fresh local produce prepared with a modern twist and exceptional service, which takes care of visitors from all over Ireland and much further a field. Pier 36 also provides accommodation, with tastefully decorated and spacious rooms offering sea views and a superb breakfast.

THE PLOUGH INN - LOCATION: HILLSBOROUGH ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Patterson family ON OFFER: The Patterson family has been trading in this beautiful Georgian village since 1981, with hospitality and a warm welcome at the heart of the business. In the latest refurbishment, The Vintage Rooms provides an all-day trading coffee, café culture, whilst enhancing its evening dining, weekends with an impressive gin bar and whiskey cave, which is perfect for private parties and social occasions. The cocktail portfolio delivers one of the best drinking experiences outside Belfast, and a warm, welcoming vibe. HISTORY: Established in 1758 as a public coach house. USP: The pub is far from just a boozer, valuing the importance of embracing the community and creating a promotion for the village, which eventually became the internationally-acclaimed Oyster Festival. The Plough Inn has been at the forefront of gastro culture, sourcing its meats from Peter Hannan since 1990 and even featuring a live lobster tank on site. It has featured for over 12 consecutive years in the Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland, Michelin Gastro Pub Guide, Belfast Telegraph Top 3 Pubs, BBC Top 3 Pubs in Ulster, amongst other accolades and awards.

QUAYS BAR - LOCATION: DERRY ■ OWNER: Kevin Bell ON OFFER: Quays Bar & The Pool Works complex includes a pub-style bar on the ground floor, sports bar The Poolworks on the upper levels with the largest rooftop beer garden in the city and Sugar nightclub, popular with a younger crowd. Guest and resident DJs play. HISTORY: Previously known as the Downeys bar complex, it is a wellestablished venue in Derry. STYLE: Modern Irish bar. USP: The nightclub is open four nights a week, offering popular drink promos such as student nights on Wednesdays and Sundays.

RAMORE WINE BAR - LOCATION: PORTRUSH ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: McAlpin family ON OFFER: Renowned for its tasty food, lively atmosphere, and a menu to suit all tastes from pizza, pasta, gyros and steaks to wine bar classics such as fish pie or bang bang chicken. Customers place their own orders and congregate around the oversized desserts cabinet to have a look, creating a bustle and buzz. HISTORY:George & Jane McAlpin met at Portrush’s catering college and, in the 1980s, returned to the North Coast and took over the Ramore bar from Jane’s parents, first running it as a fine-dining restaurant. STYLE: An informal wine bar, offering contemporary décor and fabulous views out to the Irish Sea through the huge seafront windows. USP: Situated on the stunning North Coast overlooking Portrush Harbour and beyond, the Ramore offers a unique range of restaurants and bars serving dishes and drinks for all tastes. As well as the wine bar, the complex includes The Mermaid, Neptune & Prawn, Coast, and the Harbour Bistro and Harbour Bar, a fellow Top 100 entry. www.hospitalityreviewni.com

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■ OWNERS: William Noble & Gareth Liken ON OFFER: Split into two rooms, The Front Bar and Cinders, Ruby’s Larne offers the perfect place to relax with friends over lunch or dinner then party into the evening. It serves a range of quality fresh food from 12-9pm daily, opening from 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday, alongside handcrafted cocktails. HISTORY: Ruby’s Larne is the original Ruby’s, where it all started with further outlets subsequently opened in Antrim and Dundonald, while the group also operates another Larne venue, Ruby’s Bodega in Larne Town Centre. STYLE: Modern Irish bar. USP: Catch all the sport action live on one of our big TVs or on our giant HD projector. Our Beer Garden is perfect to enjoy one of our many handcrafted cocktails or an ice cold beer in the sun. Cinders, Larne’s only nightclub, has hosted some of the biggest acts around and is available for private hire.

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168 Old Glenarm Rd, Larne Tel: 028 2826 0924 Website: www.rubysbar.co.uk/rubyslarne 44 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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SALLY’S OF OMAGH - LOCATION: OMAGH ■ OWNERS: Oonagh & John Jr McGirr ON OFFER:The venue is split into four distinct sections: a traditional front bar, modern lounge, award-winning bistro and state-of-the-art nightclub. HISTORY: One of Northern Ireland’s most celebrated venues, Sally’s has been trading under the brand name in Omagh for almost 34 years, building a reputation for excellence in food, drink and live entertainment. USP: The award-winning Sally’s of Omagh has everything for the ultimate nightlife experience. The traditional front bar offers up live music on Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights in its charming, traditional surroundings. Alongside the front bar is the modern and stylish lounge known for its premium drinks selection and chilled atmosphere. The bistro has quickly established a reputation for its stunning food and award-winning customer service. With its sleek and stylish surroundings, Sally’s is perfect for laid back lunches or a romantic meal for two. Sally’s nightclub, spread over two floors including an exclusive VIP lounge, offers everything you could need from a modern, premium nightclub experience. Sally’s attracts customers from all over the Province and further afield with the some of the best DJ acts Ireland has to offer.

SALTWATER BRIG - KIRCUBBIN, CO DOWN ■ OWNERS: Joe & Orla McCarthy ON OFFER: Family-run bar and restaurant. HISTORY: Parts of the premises date to 1765, with more recent additions made over the intervening years. Formerly a coaching house for travellers from the then busy port of Portaferry heading to Belfast and further afield, the venue has been owned by the McCarthys since 2005 , with the couple giving the place their own style through various renovation works since then. STYLE: Good old-fashioned cosy Irish country pub with a great beer garden nestled right on the shores of Strangford Lough. USP: Great service, great food, great craic and friendly locals and staff ready for a chat at the drop of a hat. Cosy traditional wood burning stoves for those cold winter months, with a fabulous garden for the warmer times.

SALTY DOG HOTEL & BISTRO - LOCATION: BANGOR ■ OWNER: Kenneth Sharp ON OFFER: With something for everyone, the upper midmarket is a focus. HISTORY: Two old Victorian townhouses built in the 1890s have been beautifully transformed into a stunning boutique hotel overlooking Bangor’s Marina, Belfast Lough, the Irish Sea, and to Scotland (on a clear day). It has been under the current ownership since 2012. STYLE: A boutique hotel and bistro, doing things with a Salty Dog twist is part of its ethos, whether with cocktails, meals, or accommodation. Local produce is important in every area, and the Salty Dog aims to stock at least one beer from every NI brewery. USP: Its work with local craft food and drink producers, from local gins and beers to fisherman, farmers, cheese makers and many others.

SANDINOS - LOCATION: DERRY ■ OWNER: Joe Mulheron TYPE OF PREMISES: Popular with visiting students, artists, musicians and chess players, Sandinos is a café-style venue with a lounge and back bar. The main venue is available for private hire for birthdays, weddings, funerals, and all types of social gatherings (bands/DJs/dance nights/fundraisers/private parties). HISTORY: Sandinos opened in 1998. STYLE: Named after Augusto C. Sandino, a Nicaraguan revolutionary leader, the venue carried through the theme in its décor with independence flags, portraits of famed revolutionaries and quirky memorabilia, creating a uniquely vibrant atmosphere. USP: Grab a coffee and a good book during the day while, in the evening, Sandinos often hosts various artistic events including the Monday Night Cure, a spoken word night. A major live music venue, it also showcases all styles of music and DJs. Lonely Planet says: ‘From the posters of Che to the Free Palestine flag to the fairtrade coffee and glutenfree beer, this relaxed cafe-bar exudes a liberal, left-wing vibe.’ 46 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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SHU - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Brian McCann, Julian Henry and Alan Reid ON OFFER: The TapHouse is Fermanagh’s newest gastro pub. With a passion for top-quality, down-to-earth, great value food and a commitment to everything local, it offers a warm and inviting drinking and dining experience. Situated in the leafy suburbs of Enniskillen, the venue features ample on-site parking, and a cosy yet sophisticated atmosphere. HISTORY: SHU opened in October 2000 and has been under the same management since the beginning, with Brian McCann joining the team in 2004. The restaurant will undergo a major refurbishment and extension in the summer of 2018. STYLE: The restaurant is located in two converted Victorian terrace, townhouses. The interior design is modern-classical in style with dark wenge wood, limestone and brown and cream leather used extensively throughout the decor. The main restaurant space has a theatre style open kitchen, which adds to the warm and lively atmosphere of the dining room. STYLE: SHU has a basement bar area where entertainment and dancing is provided at weekends. The restaurant has won many accolades over the years including Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland at the UK National Restaurant Awards on three separate occasions.

SLIEVE DONARD RESORT & SPA - LOCATION: NEWCASTLE ■ OWNER: Hastings Hotels HISTORY: Hastings Hotels purchased the Slieve Donard, an old railway hotel, in 1972. Following continuous investment over the years, many now regard the Slieve Donard as the ‘Gleneagles of Northern Ireland’. It was originally built by the Belfast and County Down Railway as an ‘end of line’ luxury holiday destination. STYLE: Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds and is tastefully decorated and furnished to the highest standards. USP: The hotel boasts 180 luxurious bedrooms, including 100 executive and resort rooms and six magnificent suites, many of which have stunning panoramic views over the Mountains of Mourne and Co Down coastline. It is next door to the prestigious Royal County Down Golf Club, making it the perfect location to enjoy a golf break. The hotel boasts a fabulous range of dining options for guests to choose from and luxurious spa facilities designed in conjunction with ESPA, the world’s leading Spa company.

SUNFLOWER PUBLIC HOUSE - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Pedro Donald ON OFFER: Sunflower is a simple corner pub, free of gimmicks or themes and instantly recognisable by the security cage on its front door, a relic from 1980s Belfast. It has been kept and preserved as part of the city’s social history. HISTORY: Sunflower Public House opened in December 2012 on the corner of Kent Street and Union Street, a site on which a public house has stood for over 100 years. It is right behind Belfast Central Library. USP: Music is very much part of the pub’s life: traditional, Appalachian and gypsy swing sessions feature weekly in the bar while folk and bluegrass are regularly featured upstairs. A beer garden was added in 2014, where a wood burning pizza oven is fired up nightly. Back to basics has been the making of the pub. The clientele is also a rich tapestry of Belfast life; arts students and professionals, backpackers and apartment dwellers, gay and straight, young and old. It is a melting pot of city centre life.

SWEET AFTON - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER: Abacus Inns ON OFFER: Dine, drink and socialise while watching all major sporting events. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with delicious food, whether it be dinner, lunch, weekend brunch, Sunday roast or bar snacks, followed by one of Sweet Afton’s themed cocktail or craft beers. STYLE: Sweet Afton is a bar and restaurant combined like no other in Belfast, named after one of Robert Burns’ famous poems, ‘Flow Gently, Sweet Afton’. The theme of Burns’ poem runs through the interior décor with rich colours and dark wooden features covered by written poetry. USP: The venue features a beautiful large centred bar surrounded by high and low raised seating areas, including several televisions in highly visible areas around the bar. Nip through the beautiful double doors and find yourself sipping a cocktail in a cosy setting or sample one of the delicious beer and gins on offer, listening to retro soul background music live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 48 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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TAPHOUSE GASTRO PUB - LOCATION: ENNISKILLEN ■ OWNER: Dale Ebbitt ON OFFER: The TapHouse is Fermanagh’s newest gastro pub. With a passion for top-quality, down-to-earth, great value food and a commitment to everything local, it offers a warm and inviting drinking and dining experience. Situated in the leafy suburbs of Enniskillen, the venue features ample on-site parking, and a cosy yet sophisticated atmosphere. HISTORY: Since opening in July 2015, the new gastropub has been serving great food daily, combining top quality pub food with medium brasserie dishes complemented by a carefully-chosen wine list. STYLE: The site and building has been completely refurbished prior to opening and a huge investment was made in creating a warm and inviting bar with an urban gastropub feel where customers can relax surrounded by modern décor.

TEDFORDS KITCHEN - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNERS: Alan & Sharon Foster HISTORY: Alan Foster opened Tedfords at 5 Donegall Quay in July 2001. Watching the City flourish, he decided the time was right in 2015 to extend the business and opened Tedfords Kitchen at 1 Lanyon Quay. STYLE: Tedfords Kitchen, housed in a highly desirable waterfront site, is a modern casual dining space. The interior with large open bar and low lighting is a perfect dining space for both lunchtime or evening meals. With a riverside terrace, dining al fresco is also available during those long summer evenings. The open plan airy restaurant has a cool urban vibe where the relaxed space has been designed to ensure food and conversation take centre stage. USP: Using modern cooking techniques, chefs create menus using the very best, fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced products. Situated on the grounds of the Waterfront hall, pretheatre dining is a very popular option.

UNION STREET - LOCATION: BELFAST ■ OWNER/MANAGEMENT: Anthea Wilson, owner; Tirzah Pollock, general manager ON OFFER: The main bar offers modern furnishings around old roaring fires, with a restaurant serving traditional favourites, which, by night, hosts Belfast’s best drag queens with karaoke and cabaret. The upper floor, The Green Room, is a mezzanine-style level looking over the bar, creating a serene setting for dining and, by night, a fully-fledged cocktail bar. HISTORY: Open since 1999, The Kremlin quickly established itself as Ireland’s biggest and most popular gay club. The club will soon be entering its 20th year, making it the longest established club in Northern Ireland and it’s never been busier. STYLE: Soviet–themed nightclub over two levels featuring two music rooms and four bars including the prestigious Tsar cocktail Bar. MARKETING POSITION: The LGBTQ Community, their friends and supporters. USP: Ireland’s biggest and busiest gay venue. Regular theme nights and international guest Pas and DJs.

WINE & BRINE - LOCATION: MOIRA ■ OWNERS: Chris & Davina McGowan HISTORY: A handsome listed Georgian building on the main street of the pretty town of Moira in has housed a unique restaurant since December 2015. The house had been derelict for many years before Chris and Davina took it over and completely refurbished it. STYLE: Downstairs is a bright, open-kitchen restaurant that seats 90, with the upstairs space seating up to 40. There is also a selection of private dining spaces on the ground floor and first floor, elegantly comfortable rooms used for smaller parties, meetings and private dinners. The restaurant continues to develop and grow, recently opening a chic and luxurious upstairs bar, a rooftop vegetable and herb garden, and an outdoor deck. The restaurant interiors are stylish – clean and modern with comfy teal blue banquettes, booths and portraits of Irish literary figures by local artist Jonathan Aiken. USP: Wine & Brine is so called as a nod to the generous pleasures of the table, and also as a reference to the old-school, tried and tested technique of maximising flavour, both of which are key components in the restaurant’s success. Bringing to today’s table age-old processes like brining, pickling and fermenting, these are skills that have been part of Chris’s repertoire for decades, and were a natural element for him to emphasise in his first restaurant. 50 • HRNI THE TOP 100 HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES 2018

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P&F AMUSEMENTS - HOSPITALITY ULSTER’S ONLY RECOMMENDED SUPPLIER TO THEIR MEMBERS E

stablished since 1982, P&F Amusements are Northern Ireland’s premier supplier of all coin-operated amusements and gaming machines. Our comprehensive range includes both pool and snooker tables, state-of-the-art digital audio and video juke boxes as well as an extensive range of coinoperated gaming equipment. The success of our company is due to our policy of offering all the latest equipment on the market and an unbeatable standard of service. With over 5000 square feet of workshops, offices, showrooms and storage, we are always prepared for whatever comes our way. Supplying a lot more than the traditional poker and fruit machines, juke boxes etc. so that our customers income is maximised. We understand that, in every business, things move on and advance very rapidly and ours is no different. In 2017, we introduced our Multigame, which is performing exceptionally well, with seven games in one terminal including poker and roulette. Staff are at our customers call seven days a week, for any help required. Our sales department carries a large range of stock, ensuring the speedy supply of new or replacement equipment. Installation

will take place within 24 hours of order, minimising any loss to customer revenue. All equipment supplied by P&F is the best available in terms of entertainment value and reliability. Should your equipment need repair, our fleet of fully trained engineers are on standby to 9pm every day. Backed up by our in-house software department, the engineers have the equipment and the expertise to rectify faults speedily and effectively. As most in the hospitality trade are aware, there have been some major changes since February 2013 with the removal of Licence Duty & VAT paid on gaming machines & the replacement by MGD (Machine Games Duty), which is currently experiencing a lot of attention from HMRC inspectors. Our accounts dept is always available for advice in this area, whether it be registration or returns, we will lead you in the right direction & advise out customers moving forward. Head office: Unit 9 Graham Ind Est, Dargan Crescent, Belfast BT3 9LP Tel: 02890 370314 (4 Lines) Fax: 02890 779408 Email: info@pandfamusements.com Web: www.pandfamusements.com


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Hospitality Review NI Top 100 Hospitality Businesses  

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