Four Fermanagh businesses have been recognised for "going the extra mile" as they are named amongst the Top100 Hospitality Businesses in Northern Ireland for 2019.

Retaining their places on the Hospitality Ulster Top 100 list were Blakes of ‘The Hollow’, Lough Erne Resort and Taphouse Gastro Pub, all hailing from Enniskillen. Fellow Enniskillen business the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges joined the list for the first time this year. All four businesses were honoured at Hospitality Ulster’s second annual Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards at Titanic Belfast on Wednesday February 27.

Hosted by acclaimed stand-up comedian Colm O’Regan, the prestigious ceremony was also attended by a number of special guests including former Ireland rugby captain, Brian O’Driscoll and sports pundit, Adrian Logan.

Following the Awards ceremony the Chairman of Hospitality Ulster, Mark Stewart commented: "We’re delighted to shine the spotlight on the top hospitality businesses throughout Northern Ireland for a second year."

He continued: "The Top 100 Hospitality Businesses are venues that continually go the extra mile to provide first-class hospitality and customer service, from pubs to nightclubs, restaurants to hotels. We have so many businesses at the top of their game here in Northern Ireland and we would like to congratulate all of our winners again on making it to the Top 100."

Shining a spotlight on Northern Ireland hospitality at its best, Hospitality Ulster’s Top 100 Hospitality Business Awards are the only industry recognised awards.The Awards were presented in alphabetical order on the night, with each winner receiving equal recognition for their role in driving forward industry standards. Entries and nominations were vetted and shortlisted by a panel of independent judges. Headed up by Northern Ireland food critic, Joris Minne (Belfast Telegraph), the panel included celebrity chef Paula McIntyre, Irish News journalist and food columnist Allison Morris, Ulster Business editor, John Mulgrew and Sunday Life Pub Spy columnist and music journalist Edwin McFee.

Funds raised on the night are to be donated to The Benevolent, a charity that provides help and support to current and former employees of the drinks industry and their families.