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Friday 22 September 2017

Irish restaurants keep their Michelin stars

Patrick Guilbaud's Michelin-starred Dublin restaurant
Patrick Guilbaud's Michelin-starred Dublin restaurant

Ed Carty

All of Ireland's nine Michelin Star restaurants have retained their prestigious status.

The recommended spots for fine dining are topped by Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, the only two-star establishment in the country.

The long line of others to bag the coveted accolade are Thornton's at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Chapter One and L'Ecrivain, all in Dublin City, plus the Bon Appetit in Malahide.

Outside of the capital, Kilkenny hosts two Michelin Star restaurants - Campagne in Kilkenny City and the Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel, Thomastown.

Others are the House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co Waterford, and Aniar Restaurant at Lower Dominic Street in Galway City.

Michelin Guide editor Rebecca Burr said the latest edition highlights what she terms "the richness and variety of Ireland's restaurant scene, ranging from country pubs to classic dining rooms".

The Michelin is regarded as the pinnacle of restaurant awards.

Three stars means exceptional cuisine and is worth a special journey; two are for excellent cooking and worth a detour, while one star denotes very good cooking in its category.

No Irish restaurant has ever got three stars.

Twelve restaurants have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand including one new listing in Dublin.

The honour recognises establishments that offer good food at affordable prices - €40 euro  or less for a three-course meal.

New to the list is Etto on Merrion Row while the others retain their status from earlier years - The Courthouse in Carrickmacross, Deasy's in Clonakilty, Sha-Roe Bistro in Clonegal, Co Carlow, Chart House in Dingle, Downstairs Restaurant in Clontarf, Dublin, Pichet on Trinity Street, Dublin, Pig's Ear on Nassau Street, Dublin, Aldridge Lodge in Duncannon, Fishy Fishy in Kinsale, Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna and La Brasserie in Malahide which is part of the Michelin-starred Bon Appetit establishment.

In Northern Ireland three new listings were among the seven Bib Gourmand awards.

Newcomers are Deanes at Queens, Bar + Grill at James Street South in Belfast and Old Schoolhouse Inn in Lisbane, Newtownards.

Others that retain their Bib Gourmand status are Home and Coppi restaurants, both of which are in Belfast, Oregano in Ballyclare and Fontana in Holywood.

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