Tuesday 20 February 2018

Dublin's Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud crowned the best in the country at annual awards

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
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Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has been crowned the best in the country at the annual Irish Restaurant Awards ceremony last night.

The eatery, which can be found in Dublin’s Merrion Hotel, is the only restaurant in Ireland to hold two coveted Michelin stars. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud was also awarded an accolade for the capital’s best restaurant.

Mickael Viljanen formerly of Waterford’s Cliff House Hotel was named best chef and was honoured for his work in Dublin restaurant The Greenhouse.

In Limerick, The Oakroom Restaurant in Adare Manor Hotel was crowned Ireland’s best hotel restaurant, while Rua in Co. Mayo was commended for being the best casual dining experience in the country.

Northern Ireland had a prominent presence in the awards, celebrated by the Restaurants Association of Ireland and The Irish Times. Belfast restaurants OX and Deanes EIPIC were crowned best wine experience and best newcomer respectively, while The Poacher’s Pocket in Co. Down was named the best gastropub on the island.

The annual awards ceremony received more than 30,000 nominations in its various categories, according to Restaurant Association of Ireland President Anthony Gray.

“This year’s awards have been the biggest, brightest and the best. They are the awards everyone wants to be associated with, and everyone wants to be a winner,” he told The Irish Times

“The Irish restaurant scene is vital to the economy, employing 72,000 people and generating revenue in excess of €2 billion per year. It’s great to celebrate the work that all of our restaurateurs around the country do to keep this aspect of our culture alive and kicking.”

Irish Restaurant Awards

Best Restaurant – Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin

Best Chef – Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse, Dublin

Best Hotel Restaurant – The Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick

Best Casual Dining – Rua, Mayo

Best Gastro Pub in Ireland – The Poacher’s Pocket, Down

Best Wine Experience – OX, Belfast

Best Customer Service – Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny

Best Newcomer – Deanes EIPIC, Belfast

Best Restaurant Manager – Saul McConnell of Deanes at Queens, Belfast

Best Kids Size Meal – Beaufield Mews, Dublin

Local Food Hero – Ronan Byrne “The Friendly Farmer”, Galway

Best Café – Idaho Café, Cork

Best Cocktail Experience – Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin

Best Cookery School – Dublin Cookery School

Best Digital Marketing – The Happy Pear, Wicklow

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Loam, Galway

Best Private Dining Club Restaurant – Restaurant Forty One at Residence, Dublin

Best Seafood Experience – Fishy Fishy Restaurant, Cork

Best Eco Friendly Restaurant – The Ocean Restaurant at The Maritime Hotel, Cork

Best World Cuisine – Ananda, Dublin

Full list

Regional & All-Ireland Award Winners:

Connaught - Kai Café & Restaurant, Galway

Dublin - Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Leinster - Campagne, Kilkenny

Munster - 1826 Adare, Limerick

Ulster - Ox, Antrim

All-Ireland- Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin

Best Chef

Connaught - Jessica Murphy of Kai Café and Restaurant, Galway

Dublin - Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse

Leinster - Rob Krawczyk of Brabazon at Tankardstown House, Meath

Munster - David Hurley of The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare

Ulster - Neven Maguire of MacNean House and Restaurant, Cavan

All-Ireland- Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse, Dublin

Best Hotel Restaurant

Connaught- West at The Twelve, Galway

Dublin - The Cliff Townhouse

Leinster - The Cellar Restaurant at Step House Hotel, Carlow

Munster - The Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick

Ulster - Ardtara Country House, Derry

All-Ireland- The Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick

Best Casual Dining

Connaught- Rua, Mayo

Dublin - ETTO

Leinster - Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill, Louth

Munster - Liberty Grill, Cork

Ulster - Graze, Antrim

All-Ireland- Rua, Mayo

Best Gastro Pub

Connaught- Blakes Corner Bar, Galway

Dublin - East Side Tavern

Leinster - Hartes of Kildare, Kildare

Munster - Toddies at the Bulman, Cork

Ulster - The Poacher‘s Pocket, Down

All-Ireland- The Poacher‘s Pocket, Down

Best Newcomer

Connaught - The Dough Bro‘s Wood Fired Pizza, Galway

Dublin - Amuse

Leinster - La Côte, Wexford

Munster - AROI, Limerick

Ulster - Deanes EIPIC, Belfast

All-Ireland - Deanes EIPIC, Belfast

Best Wine Experience

Connaught- West at The Twelve, Galway

Dublin - Montys of Kathmandu

Leinster - Greenacres, Wexford

Munster - The Black Pig, Cork

Ulster - Ox, Antrim

All-Ireland- Ox, Antrim

Best Customer Service

Connaught- Roisin Dubh Restaurant at Renvyle House Hotel, Galway

Dublin - Jaipur, Dalkey

Leinster - Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny

Munster - La Bohème Restaurant & Wine Bar, Waterford

Ulster - Church Street Restaurant, Derry

All-Ireland- Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny

Best Kids Size Meal

Dublin- Beaufield Mews

All-Ireland- Beaufield Mews, Dublin

Best Restaurant Manager

Dublin - Stéphane Robin of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

All-Ireland - Saul McConnell of Deanes at Queens, Belfast

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine

Dublin - Delahunt

All-Ireland - Loam, Galway

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