Tuesday 28 January 2020

Ireland's 'best brunch' winner revealed at annual awards ceremony

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Not a weekend goes by when the majority of folk aren't scrolling through their phones, desperately trying to discover the latest and best brunch spot to while away their Saturdays in a haze of hollandaise sauce and bottomless Prosecco.

But the need for hours of pre-baked eggs browsing can come to a halt as Ireland's best brunch has been revealed in an annual awards ceremony.

The all-new FOOD&WINE Awards which this year introduced a host of new categories has announced their top restaurant, chef and best 'local' award winners at a gala luncheon in The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin.

The event was attended by Ireland’s top chefs and restaurateurs from across the country and was hosted by broadcaster and publisher, Norah Casey, and comedian Colm O’Regan.

And the winners are...

Ireland’s Best Brunch was revealed to be found in Hadskis, Belfast while the 'Best for Romance was awarded to Gregans Castle, Clare. l’Ecrivain in the country's capital was named as the Best Restaurant for Business.

The Best Local Award went to Noble in Holywood, Co. Down.

Whelehans Wines in Dublin took the Best for Wine Lovers Award, which celebrates those venues that offer a wine experience to remember, while Café of the Year was awarded to Country Choice in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

The biggest awards of the night – for Overall Chef and Restaurant of the Year – went to Ross Lewis of Chapter One and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud respectively.

Mag Kirwan, a supporter of local food and advocate of sustainable fishing of Goatsbridge Trout was also inducted into the FOOD&WINE Magazine Hall of Fame on the day.

Other big winners on the day included The Catalina Restaurant, Co. Fermanagh; Kai, Galway; The Lady Helen Restaurant, Co. Kilkenny; Renvyle House, Galway; and Klaw, Dublin.

“Restaurants are championing high quality ingredients and offering beautifully thought out and creative menus. Also, our wine and drinks offering has really come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. We also wanted to shine a light this year on the local food heroes – the pubs, cafés and neighbourhood eateries that mirror the magazine through thoughtful and quality sourcing," commented Miriam Atkins, editor of FOOD&WINE Magazine. 

Now in its 17th year, The FOOD&WINE Awards in association with Nespresso are considered the most prestigious and authoritative culinary awards in the Irish calendar.

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