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Leinster Winners Revealed for 2017

Leinster Winners Revealed for 2017










The first of four regional finals in this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny, last night where 105 awards were presented to the country’s leading chefs, restaurants and pubs.


Over 600 people attended the Leinster Regional Final on Wednesday evening where the top establishments in each county were named.


The ceremony included six regional titles including: Best Café; Best Emerging Irish Cuisine; Best Kids Size Me; Best Restaurant Manager; Best World Cuisine; and Local Food Hero. County winners from each of Leinster’s 11 counties were selected from the following categories: Best Restaurant; Best Chef; Best Gastro Pub; Best Casual Dining; Best Hotel Restaurant; Best Customer Service; Best Wine Experience; Best Newcomer; and Pub of the Year.


Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their ninth year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the exquisite and admirable calibre of food available in our restaurants and pubs nationwide. Online nominations have increased from 9,000 in 2013 to over 80,000 this year and with the increase in interest comes an increase in standards, making the judging process more difficult than ever.


“Our small island boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the exotic taste explosions of world cuisine to the comfort of traditional dishes. We have an appreciation for what we eat, for the journey of our food from farm to fork, and for the dedication of those working in the food industry to serve up Ireland’s finest food.”


The shortlists for the Dublin nominees will be announced today via via facebook live. We are advising nominees to log on to from 10.30am on the 2nd of March to find out the shortlist. We will also post the Top 10 Dublin shortlists for the main categories on our official website  


Those who have been shortlisted will also be notified by letter no later than Monday 6th March regarding the next step in the judging process for the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017.

All County winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 2, on Monday 8th May, 2017.


The Winners in Leinster are…


Regional Categories:

Best Café – Sponsored by Illy

  • Café de mode, Ballon, Co Carlow

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios Foods

  • Canteen Restaurant, Celbridge, Co Kildare

Best Kids Size Me – Sponsored by Heinz

  • Seasons Restaurant at Whitford House Hotel, New Line Road, Co Wexford

Best Restaurant Manager – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants

  • Riccardo Cavaliere of Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny City, Co Kilkenny

Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by Dubliner Cheese

  • Chakra by Jaipur, Greystones, Co Wicklow

Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times

  • Mag Kirwan of Goatsbridge Trout Farm, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny




County Winners 2017

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits and Cielo

  Carlow           Sha-Roe Bistro

  Kildare           TwoCooks Restaurant

  Kilkenny        Campagne
  Laois               Batoni’s
  Longford        Black Olive
  Louth              The Bay Tree Restaurant at Belvedere House
  Meath            Cinnamon Garden Restaurant
  Offaly             The Blue Apron Restaurant
  Westmeath   Thyme Restaurant
  Wexford         La Côte Seafood Restaurant
  Wicklow         The Pigeon House



Best Chef – Sponsored by Pallas Foods

  Carlow           Henry Stone of Sha-Roe Bistro

  Kildare           Josef Zammit of TwoCooks Restaurant

  Kilkenny        Ken Harker of The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet
  Laois               Sam Moody of Ballyfin Demense
  Longford        Gary O’Hanlon of VM Restaurant at Viewmount House
  Louth              Reuven Diaz of Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill
  Meath            Adrian Cassidy of Brabazon at Tankardstown House
  Offaly             Niall Kavanagh of P&H’s at the Brewery Tap
  Westmeath   Feargal O’Donnell of the Fatted Calf
  Wexford         Paul Hynes of La Côte Seafood Restaurant
  Wicklow         François Jacusse of The Pigeon House



Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Coca Cola

  Carlow           Teach Dolmain

  Kildare           The Dew Drop Gastro Pub

  Kilkenny        The Marble City Bar
  Laois               Treacy’s Bar & Restaurant
  Longford        The Rustic Inn
  Louth              PJ O’Hares
  Meath            The Snailbox
  Offaly             Hennessy’s
  Westmeath   The Villager Bar & Restaurant
  Wexford         Mary Barry’s Bar
  Wicklow         Byrne & Woods Bar & Restaurant



Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by S. Pellegrino

  Carlow           Rathwood

  Kildare           Bistro 53

  Kilkenny        Rive Gauche
  Laois               McEvoy’s Steak & Wine Bar
  Longford        Tús Nua
  Louth              Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill
  Meath            Copper & Spices
  Offaly             Sirocco’s
  Westmeath   Red Earth
  Wexford         Wild and Native
  Wicklow         Dockyard No. 8



Best Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Elavon

  Carlow           The Lord Bagenal Restaurant

  Kildare           The Linden Tree at Carton House

  Kilkenny        The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet
  Laois               Ballyfin Demense
  Longford        VM Restaurant at Viewmount House
  Louth              Scholars Restaurant at Scholars Townhouse Hotel
  Meath            Vanilla Pod at the Headfort Arms Hotel
  Offaly             Slí Dala Restaurant at Kinnitty Castle Hotel
  Westmeath   Killinure Restaurant at Glasson Country House Hotel
  Wexford         Reeds Restaurant at Ferrycarrig Hotel
  Wicklow         Sika Restaurant at Powerscourt Hotel


Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Peroni

  Carlow           LENNONS@VISUAL

  Kildare           Vie de Châteaux

  Kilkenny        Zuni Restaurant and Boutique Hotel
  Laois               Judge Roy Beans at The Heritage
  Longford        Dillon’s Bar & Bistro
  Louth              Fitzpatrick’s Bar & Restaurant
  Meath            Conyngham Arms Hotel
  Offaly             Café Q
  Westmeath   Weirs Bar & Restaurant
  Wexford         The River Bar & Restaurant at The Riverbank House Hotel
  Wicklow         Rathsallagh House


Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by CLASSICdrinks


  Carlow           Mimosa Wine & Tapas Bar

  Kildare           The Byerley Turk at The K Club

  Kilkenny        Ristorante Rinuccini
  Laois               Castle Durrow
  Longford        Skelly’s Bar
  Louth              D’Vine Bistro & Tapas Bar
  Meath            Brabazon at Tankardstown House
  Offaly             Captain House Restaurant
  Westmeath   Fine Wine & Food Co.
  Wexford         Greenacres
  Wicklow         Sika Restaurant at Powerscourt Hotel



Best Newcomer – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice

  Carlow           Le Fermier

  Kildare           The Green Barn at Burtown House

  Kilkenny        CakeFace Patisserie
  Laois               Kelly’s Steakhouse
  Longford        Mekong
  Louth              No. Three Old Bar & Restaurant
  Meath            Inside Out
  Offaly             P&H’s at the Brewery Tap
  Westmeath   Browne’s On The Green
  Wexford         Mi Street Food
  Wicklow         The Wild Goose


Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Bushmills

  Carlow           The Terrace

  Kildare           The Salmon Leap Inn

  Kilkenny        Brewery Corner
  Laois               Morrissey’s
  Longford        Edward J. Valentines
  Louth              Clarke’s Bar
  Meath            Marcie’s Pub
  Offaly             The Chestnut
  Westmeath   Bracken’s Bar
  Wexford         Simon Lambert & Sons
  Wicklow         The Glenmalure Lodge






For further information contact:


Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive Officer

Restaurants Association of Ireland

Mobile: +353 86 8263311

Telephone: +353 1 6779901

Fax: +353 1 6718414



Twitter: @restawards


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