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Irish Restaurant Awards, Ulster Regional Final - Thurs 12 March 2020

plate of food with duck and carrots

Date: Thursday 12 March 2020

The Ulster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Slieve Russell Hotel tonight where the top restaurants in each county for 2020 were announced.

Over 600 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Ulster turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.

Speaking at the awards early this evening Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, said; “Now in their 12th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, pubs and restaurants of Ireland, as well as recognising the teams behind these establishments and the hard work and dedication that they put in. With well over 100,000 nominations received from the public this year, the standard for the judging process was higher than ever.

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 though 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”.

Food outlets were nominated under the categories of Best Customer Service, Best Café, Best Gastro Pub, Best ‘Free From’, Best Casual Dining, Best World Cuisine, Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Wine Experience, Pub of the Year, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Kids Size Me, Local Food Hero, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine and Best Newcomer.

All of the county winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards. These will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin on Monday 18th May, 2020.

Congratulations to everyone from Ards and North Down 

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants

Best Chef – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice
Pearson Morris of Noble.

Best Restaurant Manager – AIB Merchant Services
Saul McConnell of Noble

Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by Frylite
The Starfish at Cairn Bay Lodge

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon
The Poacher’s Pocket

Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson
The Maypole

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys with Bibendum

Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by Stafford Lynch – San Pellegrino
Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro

Best “Free From” – Sponsored by Peroni Libera
The Dirty Duck Alehouse

Best Kids Size Me
The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro

Best Local Food Hero – Sponsored by The Irish Times
Laura Bradley & Johnny McDowell of Indie Füde

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat
Underground Dining

Find out more about the Irish Resturant Awards