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Noble, Holywood receive Welcome & Service Award -  Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021

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Date: Tuesday 26 January 2021

Congratulations to the team at Noble, Holywood for receiving the Welcome & Service Award -  Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021. They also retained Bib Gourmand status from last year along with another of our borough restaurants- Balloo House in Killinchy, well done!

Copyright - Belfast Telegraph, Eight Northern Ireland restaurants retain Michelin status by Lauren Harte : Article can be found at Belfast Telegraph Website

Eight popular Northern Ireland restaurants have retained their status in the new Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland 2021.

The three One Michelin Star restaurants, all in Belfast, are Eipic (Howard Street), Ox (Oxford Street) and The Muddlers Club (Cathedral Quarter).

Meanwhile five establishments have also retained their Bib Gourmand status from last year - Balloo House in Killinchy, Newtownards; Noble (Holywood); Wine & Brine (Moira) and Belfast’s Deanes at Queen’s and Home in Wellington Place.

Despite most restaurants being closed, or at least heavily restricted, for the majority of the last 12 months, the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland continued with its annual awards to top restaurants and chefs in an online ceremony on Monday night, hosted by Davina McCall.

The annual event sees the best restaurants in the UK and Ireland recognised for their innovation and excellence.

It had been pushed back from its usual October date to account for the lengthy closures most businesses have faced.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and lockdown, the accolades were handed out in a live-streamed format rather than at its usual lavish event in London.

The first award of the evening - for service - was dished out to Holywood restaurant Noble.

It’s the latest prestigious honour from the Michelin Guide for the restaurant, which opened in 2016 and has gone on to become one of the must visit locations on the Northern Ireland food scene.

Noble is the creation of chef Pearson Morris and manager Saul McConnell who previously worked under the direction of Belfast top chef Michael Deane.

Morris said tonight that the award was recognition for “a real, personable service”.

“We’ve always thought that there are a lot of places out there that do amazing food - to be honest probably better food than us. But for most of our customers, when we see them, we know their name, what they’re going to drink and order before they even order it,” he added.

He also paid to tribute to a former Deane’s colleague who taught him “to always make it feel like it’s somebody walking into your front living room - you’ll take their coat off, offer them a drink and make sure they have everything.”