Graham Neville of Dax Restaurant, Dublin, was named All Ireland Best Chef and Everett’s Restaurant in Waterford was named All Ireland Best Newcomer. All Ireland Pub of the Year went to Doheny and Nesbitt in Dublin.
Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins commented: “This is the 11th year of the Irish Restaurant Awards, and it has been the biggest year for the awards to date.
“Over 90,000 nominations were received from the public in January, and over 2,000 restaurateurs attended the Regional Awards, which were held in Kildare, Monaghan, Limerick and Sligo. The standard for judging this year has been very high.
Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world through exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer. We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry”.
Ulster winners in the list of regional and All-Ireland winners as follows: Best Restaurant – Ox; Best Chef, Chris McGowan of Wine and Brine; Best Restaurant Manager, Saul McConnell of NOBLE; Pub of the Year, Coach House & Olde Bar; Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant, Newforge House; Best Newcomer, Hara; Best Gastro Pub, Clenaghans; Best Customer Service,The Muddlers Club; Best Casual Dining, The Olde Glen. Bar, Restaurant and Tea Room; Best Wine Experience, Ox; Best Kids Size Me, Oak Room Restaurant; Best World Cuisine, Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro; Best Cafe, Dinkin’s Home Bakery and Cafe; Best Free From… The Olde Post Inn; Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, Wine and Brine.