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LCN Awards Bar of the Year 2016

Harbour & Co. lifts LCN Bar of the Year title


Harbour & Co., which opened less than a year ago in Donaghadee, has claimed the title of Bar of the Year at this year’s Licensed & Catering News Awards, held in the Europa Hotel, Belfast, on Friday evening, June 10.

We defeated very strong competition in this popular category, which was sponsored by Tennents NI. Among those who had been vying for honours were The Albany and Brewbot in Belfast; The Central Winebar in Ballycastle and last year’s winner, Mary’s Bar in Magherafelt.

The bars were independently judged by specialist mystery shopping firm, Spotcheck NI and this year, for the first time, LCN’s media partner, Q Radio, was involved in a series of live broadcasts from each of the finalist venues. And, the public had their say too, casting their votes in their hundreds via LCN’s website.

LCN Awards organiser, Bill Penton, said that winning the Bar of the Year title represented a ringing endorsement for Harbour & Co;

“It’s a great venue, our judges were very impressed with what they saw and the public vote went a long way towards sealing the victory for Harbour & Co,” added Mr. Penton. “Winning an LCN award, particularly against such strong competition, says a lot about this venue’s ability to deliver on all fronts.”

The Licensed & Catering News Awards are the biggest event of their kind for local hospitality businesses. First presented in 2009, they attract a wide cross-section of the trades and offer recognition to the best hotels, bars, restaurants and guest houses across Northern Ireland.