Luck of the Irish! Star's in line for awards

October 06 2017

REGULARS at the Star pub in Fishponds have plenty of reasons to raise their glasses this autumn.

REGULARS at the Star pub in Fishponds have plenty of reasons to raise their glasses this autumn.
The popular bar in Fishponds Road has been nominated in six categories in the UK section of the Irish Global Pub Awards.
The pub is owned by Oisin Hawes but is run by his brother Eimear who posted a mention of the awards on the bar's Facebook page, triggering a rush of votes by satisfied customers.
Eimear said it a huge accomplishment for a bar that has been running for less than three years.
"We put it up once on our Facebook page and never expected to hear anything back. Considering some Irish bars have been established here from the 1950s we felt we didn’t have a hope in hell but here we are, more nominations than any other Irish bar in the UK!
"I believe the criterion the judges used is to count the votes to reduce it to a shortlist for nominations. From there they assessed it from the quality of the comments to come up with the final shortlist.
"Whether we win anything or not, on behalf of my brother, myself and my staff, I would like to thank all our customers for their votes and kind remarks.
"We took the decision to run this bar on the very best of old Irish rural traditions, not knowing at the time that it would hold a resonance with anyone else. We tried to instil in the Star a sense of community, music, fun and a welcome for everyone."  
 The categories the Star has been nominated for are:

Best bartender (Ruby Butcher)
Best Irish whiskey experience,
Best Craft Ale experience
Best live entertainment experience
Best Irish community bar, and
Best Irish Bar in the UK.

The final will take place on October 10 at an award ceremony at the Mansion House in Dublin, the seat of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.