Winners from the Connaught Restaurant Awards 2015
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Winners from the Connaught Restaurant Awards 2015

The Connaught Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards, took place in The Salthill Hotel, Galway last night and named the top restaurants in the five counties for 2015.

Over 500 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Connaught, turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.

For a second year in a row, Kai Café and Restaurant took home the prize for Best Restaurant in Galway, with head chef Jessica Murphy also winning Best Chef in Galway.

The winners of the Industry Categories will be announced at the All-Ireland event on 25th May, 2015. Tickets for the All-Ireland Event can be bought directly from the awards team on (01) 677 9901 or

Best Customer Service- Sponsored by

Galway – Dubh Restaurant at Renvyle House Hotel
Leitrim – The Courthouse Restaurant
Mayo – Bar One
Roscommon – Molly’s Artisan Bakery & Café
Sligo – Harrison’s Restaurant & Bar

Best Chef – Sponsored by La Rousse Foods

Galway – Jessica Murphy of Kai Café and Restaurant
Leitrim – Shamzuri Hanifa of the Cottage Restaurant
Mayo – Chamila Mananwatta of Nephin Restaurant at Mulranny Park Hotel
Roscommon – Piotr Kaczmarek of Shannonside Restaurant at Keenan’s of Tarmonbarry
Sligo – Michelle McGowan at The Pilot Bar

Best Restaurant Manager in Connaught– Sponsored by Tindal Wine and Emiliana Vineyards

Daniel Mayr of The Library Restaurant at Belleek Castle

Best Hotel Restaurant

Galway – The Twelve Hotel
Leitrim – Sandstone Restaurant at Lough Rynn Castle
Mayo – The Library Restaurant at Belleek Castle
Roscommon – The Terrace Restaurant at Abbey Hotel
Sligo – Moira’s Restaurant at Cromleach Lodge

Local Food Hero in Connaught – Sponsored by Rewarding Times

Ronan Byrne “The Friendly Farmer”, Galway

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Total Produce

Galway – Taste Matters
Leitrim – Riverbank Restaurant
Mayo – Café Rua
Roscommon – Molloy’s Artisan Bakery & Café
Sligo – Eithna’s By The Sea

Best Kids Size Me in Connaught – Sponsored by Heinz & Kids Size Me

Maxwells Bistro, Galway

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin

Galway – Brasserie on the Corner
Leitrim – The Oarsman
Mayo – Flanagan’s Pub
Roscommon – Keenan’s of Tarmanbarry
Sligo – The Pilot Bar

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Elavon

Galway – The Dough Bro’s Wood Fired Pizza
Mayo – Pat Cohan’s Bar
Sligo – Hearts Desire Café

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine in Connaught – Sponsored by Odaios Foods

Loam, Galway

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Classic Drinks & Massottina

Galway – Upstairs @ West at The Twelve
Leitrim – Sandstone Restaurant at Lough Rynn Castle
Mayo – The Restaurant at Newport House
Roscommon – The Douglas Hyde Restaurant at Kilronan Castle
Sligo – Hargadons

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