Thursday 24 October 2019

The Wild Honey Inn becomes the first pub in Ireland to be awarded a Michelin star

Andrew Heron and Damien Grey of Heron and Grey
Chef JP McMahon of the Michelin-starred Aniar restaurant in Galway
Campagne Restaurant Kilkenny.
Ross Lewis, Chapter One
Derry Clarke of L’Ecrivain in Dublin. Pic: Arthur Caron
Martijn Kajuiter, Executive Chef at the Michelin-star House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

The Wild Honey Inn has become the first pub in Ireland to be awarded a Michelin star.

The pub in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare earned the prestigious accolade "for its robust and confident cooking", Michelin said.

Wild Honey Inn is owned and run by prominent chef Aidan McGrath and his partner Kate Sweeney.

The pub is the only newcomer to join a 11-strong list of Michelin Star restaurants in the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland has retained its two Michelin stars. The restaurants retaining their Michelin stars this year are:

  • Heron and Grey in Dublin
  • Aniar, Galway
  • Loam in Galway
  • The Greenhouse in Dublin
  • House in Ardmore
  • Campagne in Kilkenny
  • Lady Helen in Kilkenny
  • Dublin's Chapter One
  • L'Écrivan in Dublin
  • Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin
  • Eipic in Belfast
  • OX in Belfast

Patrick Guilbaud has two Michelin stars.

Meanwhile, last Friday eight Irish restaurants received coveted Michelin Guide 'Bib' Gourmand awards.

The Michelin Guide to Britain and Ireland announced the Bib awards shortly after lunchtime, which caused celebrations in the selected restaurants and pubs around the country.

The Bib is awarded for good value in establishments that offer good quality food at moderate prices. It differs from the Michelin star awards.


The Michelin Bibs were awarded to four Dublin restaurants:

Forest and Marcy in Leeson Street Upper;

Bastible on the South Circular Road;

Jess Murphy of Kai Cafe and Restaurant, Galway. Photo: Hany Marzouk
Jess Murphy of Kai Cafe and Restaurant, Galway. Photo: Hany Marzouk

Richmond in South Richmond Street;

Craft in Harold's Cross.

Outside of Dublin, the winners were:

Morrissey's pub in Doonbeg, Co Clare;

TwoCooks restaurant at Canal View, Sallins, Co Kildare;

Kai Cafe and Restaurant in Sea Road, Galway City;

Noble in Holywood, Co Down.

Just 27 Bibs were awarded this year in Britain and Ireland, with 18 awarded in England and one Bib awarded in Wales.

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