Tuesday 15 October 2019

Awards for Louth's top restaurants

Food awards acknowledge the best places to eat in wee county

Margaret Roddy

Louth's top eateries were named last week at the Leinster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Killashee House Hotel

All of the Louth winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards. These will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin on Monday May 13, 2019.

Over 600 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Leinster turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.

The award for Best Restaurant went to Eastern Seaboard in Drogheda, while Stephanie Le Sourne of Ghan House took the prize for best chef. The Carlingford restaurant also won the award for Best Emerging Irish Cuisine.

The Spotted Dog, Long Walk, Dundalk was named as Best Newcomer and Blackrock's Rocksalt Café took the award for Best cafe. The Nepture Bar won the prize for Louth's Pub of the Year.

McGeough's Bar & Restaurant took the award for Best Customor Service with Lennon's winning the prize for Best Gastro Pub.

Atami Japanese Cuisine, Park Street, Dundalk were presented with the award for World Cuisine while Strandfield Cafe, Ballymascanlon won the Free From award.

The Best Kids Size Menu went to Roots and Green, Jocelyn Street.

The Glyde Inn & Linn Duachaill Restaurant, Annagassan won the award for Best Casual Dining - Aoife Downes of Drogheda's Fifty4 Seafood Bar won the award for Best Restaurant Manager while Scholars Restaurant at Scholars Townhouse Hotel, Drogheda were names as Louth's Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant.

The prize for Best Wine Experience was presented to Drogheda's D'Vine Bistro & Tapas Bar.

Janice Casey Bracken of An Grianán Cookery School, Termonfeckin was named as Louth's Best Local Food Hero.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, said; 'The Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, pubs and restaurants of Ireland, as well as recognising the teams behind these establishments and the hard work and dedication that they put in.'

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