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Ulster Winners Revealed for 2017

Ulster Winners Revealed for 2017









The second of four regional finals in this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh last night where 87 awards were presented to the country’s leading chefs, restaurants and pubs.


Over 600 people attended the Ulster 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 Ulster’s nine 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.”


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 Ulster are…



Regional Winning Categories in 2017

Best Café – Sponsored by Illy

  • Lost & Found, Derry

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios Foods

  • Holohan’s At The Barge, Antrim

Best Kids Size Me – Sponsored by Heinz

  • Fratelli Ristorante at Galgorm Resort & Spa, Antrim

Best Restaurant Manager – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants

  • Alain Kerloch’h of Ox, Antrim

Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by Dubliner Cheese

  • Usher Windrush Island Café, Antrim

Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times

  • Paula McIntyre, one of Northern Ireland’s best loved chefs



County Winners 2017

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

Antrim            Deane’s EIPIC

Armagh          4 Vicars

Cavan             MacNean House & Restaurant
Derry              Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge
Donegal         The Mill Restaurant
Down              Noble
Fermanagh    Watermill Lodge Restaurant
Monaghan     Courthouse Restaurant
Tyrone            Oysters Restaurant


Best Chef – Sponsored by Pallas Foods

Antrim           Danni Barry of Deanes EIPIC

Armagh          Gareth Reid of 4 Vicars

Cavan             Gearóid Lynch of The Olde Post Inn
Derry              Zsolt Dikter of Walled City Brewery
Donegal        Colin McKee of Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey’s Point
Down            Chris McGowan of Wine & Brine
Fermanagh   Noel McMeel of Catalina Restaurant at Lough Erne Resort
Monaghan    Conor Mee of Courthouse Restaurant
Tyrone           Brian McMonagle of The Brewer’s House



Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Coca Cola

Antrim         The Morning Star

Armagh       The Yellow Heifer

Cavan           Fox’s Bar and Lounge
Derry            Walled City Brewery
Donegal       Rosato’s Bar & Restaurant
Down           The Poacher’s Pocket
Fermanagh  The Tap House
Monaghan   Andy’s Bar & Restaurant
Tyrone          The Brewer’s House



Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by San Pellegrino

Antrim        The Muddlers Club

Armagh       The Moody Boar

Cavan           The Oak Room
Derry            Primrose Café
Donegal       The Lemon Tree Restaurant
Down            The Wheathill
Fermanagh  The Jolly Sandwich
Monaghan   The Batch Loaf
Tyrone           Viscounts Restaurant



Best Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Elavon

Antrim          The Great Room at The Merchant Hotel

Armagh         Newforge House

Cavan            St Kyrans Country House Restaurant
Derry             Beech Hill Country House Hotel
Donegal        Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey’s Point
Down            Rayanne House
Fermanagh   Catalina Restaurant at Lough Erne Resort
Monaghan    Snaffles Restaurant at Castle Leslie
Tyrone           Carleton Restaurant at Corick House Hotel & Spa


Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Antrim      James Street South

Armagh    Digby’s Bar & Restaurant

Cavan        MacNean House & Restaurant
Derry         Ardtara Country House
Donegal    Rathmullan House
Down         Rayanne House
Fermanagh Café Merlot
Monaghan  Nuremore Hotel & Country Club
Tyrone       Chapter V Restaurant


Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by CLASSICdrinks

Antrim       Ox Cave

Armagh      Uluru Bar & Grill

Cavan         The Imperial Bar
Derry          Church Street Restaurant
Donegal      Harvey’s Bar at Harvey’s Point
Down          Noble
Fermanagh Café Merlot
Monaghan  Snaffles Restaurant at Castle Leslie
Tyrone         Oysters Restaurant


Best Newcomer – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice

Antrim       Yügo

Armagh     Mulberry Bistro

Cavan         People’s Restaurant
Derry          Oscar’s Seafood Bar
Donegal     106 Atlantic at the Waterfront Hotel
Down          Bull & Ram
Fermanagh Enniskillen Castle Café

Tyrone        Restaurant 1861 @ Sion Stables


Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Bushmills

Antrim      The Harp Bar

Armagh     Courthouse Bar

Cavan        Gartlan’s Bar

Derry          Peadar O’Donnells
Donegal      Logue’s Bar
Down          The Maghera Inn
Fermanagh Devenish Bar
Monaghan  The Coach House & Olde Bar
Tyrone         Tomney’s Bar




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

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