The Ballyhackamore Hearth bar was crowned champion Wednesday night at the annual celebration hosted by Pub and Bar Magazine.
Posting a photo of their award at the ceremony, Hearth said on social media: “Hearth received the Pub of the Year for Northern Ireland in London at the prestigious National Pub & Bar Awards.
“The award recognizes the dedication of the team led by Aaron Wright as well as the commitment of owners Sarah & Phil Patterson in growing and supporting their entire team.
“The pub has been praised for its important role as a social hub in Ballyhackamore, providing regular entertainment for locals including quizzes, live music and health awareness as well. such as raising funds for legitimate causes. The judges also commended the pub for its warm welcome.
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“This is great news for Sarah and Phil as they reopen for business in October after multiple setbacks including two fires at the site in 2021 and 2022.
“The fireplace will be further expanded and invested this year as the upstairs function room and private whiskey bar open to members of their successful guild. The function room will be free to use for everyone.”
The award also marks an important milestone for the building itself following extensive damage to Stokers Halt Bar earlier after a fire broke out on the roof of the facility in 2021.
Hearth manager Aaron Wright added: “We are equally humbled and delighted that our customers make us who we are. A very proud moment for East Belfast.”
They are among 94 pubs and bars across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that are contesting each of the region’s overall awards.
In Northern Ireland, the winners in the county category were awarded to:
Derry/Londonderry, Peadar O’Donnell’s
Armagh, The Hole in the Wall
Down, Maghera Inn
Fermanagh, The Taphouse
Meanwhile, a 16th-century pub at the foot of the Surrey Hills has been named the best pub in the UK, after it took top honors at the awards ceremony.
Running Horses in Mickleham won top prize after a jury commended the venue for its top-quality food and drink, meticulous attention to detail and first-rate hospitality.
Located in the Mickleham village of Surrey, the pub sits at the bottom of Box Hill, a popular attraction for pedestrians and cyclists.