The Benevolent Awards Ceremony: The winners are named

Bars and restaurants have been crowned the cream of the North East

The cream of Newcastle’s nightlife scene has been toasted for driving the region’s economy at the North East Licenced Trade Awards.

Bar and restaurant owners, nightclub bosses and leisure firm directors came together for the glitzy bash at Castle Gate in Newcastle, to find out the businesses named number one in their sector by the voting public.

Organised by Dr Anthony Molloy of Licensed Trade International, the event crowned winners in eight categories, all chosen by the public.

Pub operators Greenan Blueaye triumphed in the Best North East Beer Bar category, taking top prize for its Bridge Tavern venue, as well as third prize for the Town Wall.

The Bridge Tavern also won Best North East Food Bar.

Best North East Bar was Livello, run by Gainford Hotels Ltd, while Multiple Operator of the Year was Apartment Group, which owns As You Like It, Mr Lynch and House of Smith.

Hoochie Coochie took the gong for Best Live Music Venue, Blackfriars won the Best North East Restaurant and No.28 was named Best Late Night Venue. Best Mixologist was Tim Ward of Two Fifths.

Dr Molloy said all of the region’s entertainment venues can be proud for driving the local economy, and welcomed the regeneration of the Quayside.

He said: “The relocation of the famous Popolo on to the quayside, with the Bridge tavern, Tiger Hornsby, the Hop and Cleaver are all brand new venues now in an area that was in

serious decline.

“The opening of Livello a couple of years back, who took a big risk, created a secure platform for these fresh and exciting new venues to offer something special and rekindle the top tourist spot on the quayside.

“All the entries represent the North East’s biggest sector for revenue and jobs and are the driving force on the front line, as the ones who hold the keys to attracting tourists, visitors and students to the region, which stimulates growth and jobs in the local economy.

“They are the ones who can buck the trend and make the North East one of the very best places to visit for which we are all extremely proud.”

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