Top pub awards for Premier

Joe Hughes at one of the 'Newspaper Walls' in The Premier. INLM3112-140gc
Joe Hughes at one of the 'Newspaper Walls' in The Premier. INLM3112-140gc
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A LURGAN bar has scooped several top awards including Regional Pub of the Year.

The Premier, which has only been open less than a year, also won in several other categories including Best Food, Best Family Friendly and Most Innovative.

They also were finalists in the Best Neighbourhood and Best New/Improved categories.

Since they opened their doors the Premier has transformed the former Ceili House, developing a unique three tiered experience for a variety of customers.

Downstairs the family friendly gastro lounge has gained an excellent reputation for top quality and exciting food.

“More and more families now dine here, especially at the weekends which has proved to be very popular. A menu has been created to suit all needs from grandmother to grandson/daughter. It’s clear for all to see upon entering the premises that the ground floor no longer relects the look of a pub but is more at home looking like a restaurant,” said executive chef Stephen Hughes.

Stephen joined less than six months ago. “We now attract people to Lurgan from far and near to try out the latest culinary delights,” he said.

“Keeping the menu fresh has been in place from the beginning. The ever changing menu brings the excitement of trying new advanced dishes every time you enter. We encourage customer interaction with the highly trained and skilled staff regarding the food. Educating the customer, allowing them to break the trend of ordering the same food each time they dine out. To begin with little samples were sent down to table that put any customer fears about trying a new dish to rest.

“The food is going from strength to strength. The menu still includes the old Lurgan favourites of lasagne, pie and chicken however once you try the other dishes on offer you will struggle to return to your regular dish,” he said.

Owner Joe Hughes said he was delighted with the awards. Speaking about winning the Most Innovative award, Joe said: “There has been a massive change throughout the building. It went from an old traditional bar to an exciting, vibrant, 21st century complex that comprises of a gastro lounge, niteclub, bar and private function room. The food has led the way and now the niteclub and bar has followed with crowds making their way every weekend.”

And as for winning Pub of the Year, Joe said: “A massive show of appreciation from us in this category goes to two groups. Our customers and Our staff.

“This award has brought together the hard work to establish many different themes under one roof.

“The Guilty Pleasure Niteclub is relatively new and fresh. It offers a unique twist completely different to any other niteclub for miles.

“It has seen a steady flow of crowds. Doors are often seen closing on Saturday nite as we prefer a nice crowd to enjoy their night out as opposed to packing the place to capacity.

“The bar offers plenty for those out for a pint after work or looking a game of darts or pool. We have teams in both categories that are often seen practicing in the place. Various different members of the public can be seen by the window watching the town go by.

“The Gastro Lounge offers some of the best acoustic music by local and various musicians. This runs every Friday and Saturday night, is open to the public from 9pm right through to 1am. Even if you have not been dining this is a popular music venue to listen and even take part in singing the nite away,” said Joe.