Top Restaurants in Ulster Announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2016

The Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place in The Main Hall at The Guildhall, Derry last night and named the top restaurants in the nine 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 Ulster 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.

TheTaste are proud sponsors of the Best Customer Service award for the second year running. The other categories were 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.

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

Antrim – The Muddlers Club
Armagh – Uluru Bistro
Cavan – MacNean House & Restaurant
Derry – Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge
Donegal – Harry’s Restaurant
Down – The Boat House
Fermanagh – Watermill Restaurant
Monaghan – Courthouse Restaurant
Tyrone – The Red Pepper

Best Chef – Sponsored by La Rousse Foods

Antrim – David Gillmore of James Street South
Armagh – John Mathers of Newforge House
Cavan – Neven Maguire of MacNean House & Restaurant
Derry – Roly Graham of Church Street Restaurant
Donegal – Colin McKee of Harvey’s Point
Down – Danny Millar of Balloo House
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 Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Elavon

Antrim – The River Room at Galgorm Resort & Spa
Armagh – Newforge House
Cavan – The Courtroom Restaurant at Cabra Castle
Derry – Ardmore Restaurant at Beech Hill Country House Hotel
Donegal – Harvey’s Restaurant at Harvey’s Point
Down – The Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro
Fermanagh – Catalina Restaurant at Lough Erne Resort
Monaghan – Snaffles Restaurant at Castle Leslie
Tyrone – The Kitchen Restaurant at Tullylagan Country House Hotel

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by San Pellegrino

Antrim – The Ginger Bistro
Armagh – 4 Vicars
Cavan – The Oak Room Restaurant
Derry – Harry’s Shack
Donegal – The Harbour Restaurant
Down – The Dirty Duck
Fermanagh – Dollakis
Monaghan – Porky’s Restaurant
Tyrone – Oysters Restaurant

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin

Antrim – Sweet Afton Bar & Kitchen
Armagh – The Yellow Heifer
Cavan – Murphs Bistro at The Derragarra Inn
Derry – Walled City Brewery
Donegal – The Village Tavern
Down – The Poacher’s Pocket
Fermanagh – Molly’s Bar & Parlour Restaurant
Monaghan – The Old Coach Inn
Tyrone – The Brewer’s House

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice

Antrim – The Muddlers Club
Armagh – Wine & Brine
Cavan – n/a
Derry – Walled City Brewery
Donegal – Blas
Down – The Wheathill
Fermanagh – The Happiness Trap
Monaghan – n/a
Tyrone – Chapter V Restaurant

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Classic Drinks & Masottina

Antrim – OX Cave
Armagh – Uluru Bistro
Cavan – Oak Room Restaurant
Derry – Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge
Donegal – Castle Murray House Hotel & Restaurant
Down – The Boat House
Fermanagh – Café Merlot
Monaghan – The Batch Loaf
Tyrone – The Brewer’s House

Best Customer Service – Sponsored by

Antrim – The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant Hotel
Armagh – The Moody Boar
Cavan – MacNean House & Restaurant
Derry – Browns in Town
Donegal – Chandpur Indian Restaurant
Down – Kilmorey Arms Hotel
Fermanagh – Dollakis
Monaghan – The Restaurant at Nuremore Hotel & Country Club
Tyrone – Black Cat Restaurant

Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by Arnotts – Keelings Farm Fresh

Antrim – DinaDina
Armagh – Shapla
Cavan – Sophia’s Ristorante
Derry – Taaj Restaurant & Lounge
Donegal – Chandpur Indian Restaurant
Down – Koi Asian Cuisine
Fermanagh – Dollakis
Monaghan – Eastern Balti
Tyrone – Dragon Garden

Best Cafe – Sponsored by Aryzta Food Solutions

Antrim – Harlem Café
Armagh – One Eighty
Cavan – The Hard Boiled Egg Café
Derry – Lost & Found
Donegal – Aroma Café
Down – Niki’s Kitchen Café
Fermanagh – The Jolly Sandwich
Monaghan – Roberto’s Coffee Shop
Tyrone – The Moy Larder

Best Restaurant Manager – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants

Antrim – Alain Kerloc’h of OX

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios Foods

Antrim – Holohan’s at the Barge

Best Kids Size Me – Sponsored by Heinz

Antrim – Upstairs @ Joes

Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times

Antrim – Robert Curley of Slemish Market Supper Club

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