Industry Awards Shortlist Announced for Restaurant Awards

The shortlists for the Industry categories of the Irish Restaurant Awards have been revealed. One overall winner for each category will be awarded with their respective title at the All-Ireland finals on May 16th in the DoubleTree by Hilton in Dublin.

The categories are Best Cookery School, Best Digital Marketing, Best Seafood Experience and Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant. Only registered members of the Restaurant Association can nominate in the industry categories and their selections are judged by the National Awards Academy and independently assessed by the Awards auditors, BDO.

The fifth industry category is Best Cocktail Experience, the judging for which has already taken place at a live competition sponsored by Ketel One on April 25th in the Guinness Storehouse. 32 competitors presented their take on a 1916 themed drink to the panel of judges and the overall winner will again be announced at the Restaurant Award Finals on May 16th.

CEO of the Restaurants Association, Adrian Cummins said “the Industry categories allow our members to have an extra say in the Awards process. Nominees and shortlists of the Industry categories should relish in the fact that their peers, their competitors, are recognising their hard work and contributions to the sector. It makes these nominations and awards very special.”


Best Cookery School – Kindly sponsored by Avonmore (Glanbia)

Aniar Boutique Cookery School – Galway
Ballyknocken House & Cookery School – Wicklow
Ballymaloe Cookery School – Cork
Belle Isle Cookery School – Fermanagh
Cooks Academy – Dublin
Dingle Cookery School – Kerry
Dublin Cookery School – Dublin
Dunbrody Cookery School – Wexford
Neven Maguire Cookery School – Cavan
The Tannery – Waterford

Best Digital Marketing – Kindly sponsored by Open Table

Aniar – Galway
Antoinette’s Bakery – Dublin
Coqbull – Cork
Electric – Cork
La Perla Restaurant @ Lyrath Estate – Kilkenny
Saba Restaurant – Dublin
The Blind Pig – Dublin
The Happy Pear – Wicklow
The Ice House – Mayo
Yamamori – Dublin

Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant – Kindly sponsored by Peroni (Richmond Marketing)

Chapter One – Dublin
Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club – Dublin
L’Ecrivain Restaurant – Dublin
Locks – Dublin
Restaurant FortyOne – Dublin
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud – Dublin
Royal Irish Yacht Club – Dublin
Royal St. George YC – Dublin
Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club – Dublin
The River Room Restaurant at The K Club – Dublin

Best Seafood Experience – Kindly sponsored by Pallas Foods

Catch 22 – Dublin
Cavistons – Dublin
Eithna’s By the Sea – Sligo
Kealy’s Seafood Bar & Restaurant – Donegal
Fishy Fishy Cafe – Cork
Klaw – Dublin
Matt The Thresher – Dublin
O’Grady’s on the Pier – Galway
Super Miss Sue – Dublin
Vaughan’s Anchor Inn – Clare

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