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25 October 2014



It’s calling time for Northern Ireland’s leading hospitality awards, as the closing date for Pubs of Ulster’s Pub of the Year Awards 2014 fast approaches.

Pubs of Ulster is calling on pubs right across Northern Ireland to make sure they are in the running for one of its top industry awards, before entries close on Tuesday, 16th September 2014

To be a great pub means more than serving a great pint and to reflect the variety of elements that come together to make a brilliant bar, this year’s awards have a record 10 categories, each designed to highlight the very best that the industry has to offer:  Best Barperson (in partnership with the Sunday Life); Best Entertainment; Best Food; Best New or Improved; Best Marketing Idea; Best Charity Event; Best Big Idea, Best Hotel Bar, Best Ulster Pub Week event and the ultimate award - Pub of the Year 2014. 

It couldn’t be easier for pubs to step forward for their moment in the spotlight, as all entries can be completed and submitted online here 

Commenting on this year’s awards, Chairman of Pubs of Ulster, Mark Stewart said: 

 “Over the last number of years the Pub of the Year Awards have gone from strength to strength and today, they are the only recognised awards that celebrate our industry. 

 “These awards are our chance to recognise the pubs that make our industry famous across the world.  From food, entertainment and charity work, to the innovative ideas and events our pubs pioneer to help raise standards across the hospitality industry; our awards recognise and reward all the elements that make our local pubs great. 

 “We’ve seen a great response from the trade to date and as the closing date for entries approaches, I would encourage those pubs that haven’t entered yet to do so before September 16, as they could well be Pub of the Year 2014!”

 All submitted entries will be vetted and judged by an independent judging panel comprised of industry experts, before being mystery shopped to ensure they meet industry standards and best practice guidelines.   A final shortlist will be announced by the end of October, revealing the top five pubs in each category.

In addition to being named Pub of the Year 2014, the overall winner of this year’s Awards will walk away with a full page profile in The Sunday Life and commemorative front cover; plus a choice of a dedicated advertising package on Downtown/Cool FM worth £1000.

The Pub of the Year 2014 winners will be revealed during a glitzy awards night, hosted by Cool FM Breakfast Show presenter Pete Snodden on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at La Mon Hotel and Country Club.

 The Pub of the Year Awards are the only industry recognised awards, this year’s awards are sponsored by Britvic, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Dillon Bass, Heineken Northern Ireland, Molson Coors, Richmond Marketing, Tennent’s NI, Drinks Inc. and media partners, Sunday Life, Downtown/Cool FM and Hospitality Review NI.

For further information about the Pub of the Year Awards and to enter online, click here

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