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Munster Regional Winners Announced

Munster Regional Winners Announced



March 9th 2016, Kerry, Ireland

The Munster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the The Muckross Suite at The Malton Hotel, Kerry last night and named the top restaurants in six counties for 2016. Over 500 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Munster turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.

Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said; “The Irish Restaurant Awards celebrate their eighth year this year and have become the Island’s biggest food awards. The credibility that these awards have is reflected in the amount of nominations they received this year – over 70,000 individual nominations were cast across fourteen categories, showing that these are the awards that everyone wants to win.

“The Irish restaurant scene is internationally recognised for its high calibre of restaurateurs and chefs. These awards celebrate the people that make the restaurant sector the dynamic and exciting industry it is. They are the people who provide 72,000 jobs to our economy and generate revenue in excess of €2 billion. We’re recognising the talent, hard work and commitment that everyone here gives to the food industry. Tonight, everyone is a winner.”

Food outlets were nominated under the categories of Best Customer Service, Best Gastro Pub, Best Casual Dining, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Wine Experience, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Kids Size Me, Local Food Hero, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine and Best Newcomer as well as two new main award categories – Best Café and Best World Cuisine.

All County winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Monday 16th May, 2016.

There are three components to phase two of the process. Each element is independently assessed by BDO.

  1. Mystery Guest Visit (55%) This component of the awards is conducted by Customer Perceptions Ltd, specialists in mystery shopping, consumer insights and customer satisfaction surveys. All County Winners and Dublin shortlists will receive a mystery guest visit throughout the month of March, April or May.
  2. National Awards Academy (35%) Our National Awards Academy is made up representatives from each of the regional judging panels and will meet in early May to judge the County Winners. The Academy members include food writers, journalists, bloggers, culinary academics and hospitality magazine editors.
  3. Menu Judging (10%) All County winners and the Dublin Shortlist in each category are asked to submit a copy of their food menu and wine list for judging.


Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits and Astoria Wines

  • Clare – Wild Honey Inn
  • CorkSage
  • Kerry – Idás Restaurant
  • Limerick1826 Adare
  • TipperaryChez Hans
  • WaterfordThe Tannery


Best Chef – Sponsored by La Rousse Foods

  • Clare – David Hurley of The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel
  • CorkKevin Aherne of Sage
  • Kerry – Philip Brazil of The Falls Restaurant at Sheen Falls Lodge
  • LimerickWade Murphy of 1826 Adare
  • TipperaryDermot Gannon of The Old Convent
  • WaterfordEric Theze of La Bohème Restaurant & Winebar


Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin

  • Clare – The Roadside Tavern
  • CorkDeasy’s Harbour Bar & Seafood Restaurant
  • Kerry – Nick’s Seafood Restaurant & Piano Bar
  • LimerickThe Curragower Bar
  • TipperaryLarkin’s Bar & Restaurant
  • WaterfordMerry’s Gastro Pub


Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by San Pellegrino

  • Clare – L’Arco Italian Restaurant
  • CorkElbow Lane Brew & Smokehouse
  • Kerry – QC’s Seafood Restaurant
  • Limerick La Cucina
  • TipperaryLava Rock Restaurant
  • Waterford Burzza


Best Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Elavon

  • Clare – The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel
  • CorkBallymaloe House
  • Kerry – Panorama Restaurant at The Europe Hotel & Resort
  • LimerickThe Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
  • TipperaryThe Old Convent
  • WaterfordThe House Restaurant at The Cliff House Hotel


Best Customer Service- Sponsored by

  • Clare – Moy House
  • CorkThe Kingsley
  • Kerry – The Oyster Tavern
  • Limerick Freddy’s Bistro
  • TipperaryInch House Country House & Restaurant
  • WaterfordZaks Restaurant at Athenaeum House Hotel


Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Classic Drinks & Masottina

  • Clare – Earl of Thomond at Dromoland Castle Hotel
  • CorkL’Atitude51 Wine Café
  • Kerry – Sol y Sombra
  • LimerickSash Restaurant at No. 1 Pery Square
  • TipperaryChez Hans
  • WaterfordLa Bohème Restaurant & Winebar


Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by Keelings Farm Fresh 

  • Clare – n/a
  • CorkIyer’s
  • Kerry – Sethu Curry House
  • LimerickTaikichi
  • TipperaryLemongrass
  • WaterfordKyoto Asian Street Food


Best Cafe – Sponsored by Aryzta Food Solutions

  • Clare – Rowan Tree Café Bar
  • CorkKalbo’s Café
  • Kerry – Poffs
  • LimerickThe Sage Café
  • TipperaryStef Hans
  • WaterfordGranary Café


Best Restaurant Manager- Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants

  • Kerry – Alberto Mendoza of Sol y Sombra


Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios Foods

  • Cork Mews Restaurant


Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times

  • Kerry – Mark Murphy of Dingle Cookery School


Best Kids Size Me – Sponsored by Heinz

  •  Waterford – Momo Restaurant 


Best Newcomer – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice

  • Clare – Brogan’s Restaurant
  • Cork – Ali’s Kitchen
  • Kerry – The Mews Kenmare
  • LimerickCoqbul
  • TipperaryStef Hans
  • WaterfordThe Bay Tree Bistro



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


Instagram: @irishrestawards

Notes for the Editor:

Industry Awards

Aside from the main categories, the Irish Restaurant Awards also run industry category awards, with only one All-Ireland winner been chosen. The judging and selection process for the Industry Award categories differs from the Main Award category process.  Only Members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland nominate for each of the awards in the Industry Categories with a list of finalists announced in May. These nominations are then judged by our National Awards Academy and independently assessed by our auditors before a final winner is determined in each category. Nominations for the industry categories will open for RAI members in April.

Best Cocktail Experience

Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant

Best Seafood Experience

Best Cookery School

Best Eco-Friendly Restaurant

Best Digital Marketing 

The winners of the Industry Categories will be announced at the All-Ireland event on 16th May, 2016.

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