27th Nov 2019 in Business

THE famous Duke of York pub in the Cathedral Quarter’s Commercial Court has scooped two prizes in the respected Belfast in Bloom Awards.

The legendary watering hole won the blue riband contest for Best Public House and followed that up with the Best Commercial Achiever Award.

The Harp Bar and The Dark Horse, also owned by the Duke of York, were awarded Runner Up ‘Best Public House’ and Runner Up ‘Best Commercial Premises’ while Cathedral Quarter’s Biddy Farrelly’s was awarded Runner Up ‘Best Restaurant’.

Running for more than 20 years, the popular awards are hosted by Belfast City Council with a special ceremony taking place in Belfast Castle recently for the winners.

Gareth Neill, Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District manager said he was delighted to nominate publican Willie Jack for the competition.

He added: “All year round the Cathedral Quarter reaps the rewards of the Duke Of York’s commitment to brightening up the area through their impressive floral displays. They are a deserving winner.”

Pic by Elena Pegoretti

This year, residents across the city could enter the individual awards’ categories for ‘Best Hanging Basket’, ‘Best Window Box’ and ‘Best Front Garden’ while community groups and organisations could enter for ‘Best Community Group’ and ‘Best Community Garden’.

Businesses could choose from the commercial category for ‘Best Hotel’, ‘Best Public House’, ‘Best Restaurant’ and ‘Best Commercial Premises’.

While local schools could enter for ‘Best Kept School Garden’. There was also a category for ‘Best Individual Allotment’ and ‘Best Allotment Site’ in Belfast.

Belvoir took home the Best Community Group Award while Musgrave Park scooped the Best Community Garden Award.

Blythefield Allotments won the Best Allotment Site Award.

The Best Overall Achiever Award was scooped by Ardoyne Community Association for their work in the development of the Oasis project.

The Europa was crowned Best Hotel and Granny Annie’s secured the Best Restaurant Award and Memento won the Best Commercial Premises Award.

Local schools’ St Oliver Plunkett Primary School and Strandtown Primary School picked up Best Kept School Garden Awards.

The Isobel Bennett Award was won by Matt McCarthy while the Best Community Achiever Award was scooped by Maire McKee.

Congratulating the winners, Councillor Michael Collins, Chair of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, said: “The Belfast in Bloom Awards has been going strong for over 20 years now and continues to grow in popularity. I want to congratulate all the winners and those who entered the competition this year for their great efforts in making Belfast brighter and more beautiful.”

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