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Monday 17 December 2018

Baytree joins Michelin club

Olivia Ryan

THE Baytree restaurant has put Carlingford on the Michelin map, with an award from the world renowned restaurant guide.

THE Baytree restaurant has put Carlingford on the Michelin map, with an award from the world renowned restaurant guide.

Owned by Conor and Kristina Woods, the Baytree were delighted to learn that they have been included in next year's Michelin guide, after they were awarded two prestigious 'Chef Knives and Forks'

This particular category denotes 'very good food at a reasonable price' and was awarded after Michelin judges secretly dined in the restaurant four times over the last year.

'We are very proud of this achievement,' said Conor, who is also the head chef in the Baytree.

'We are the first restaurant in Carlingford to receive this award and we could not have got this without the hard work from everybody on the team.

'We will not be raising prices,' says Conor, 'We have always cooked for the locals, our emphasis is on using the freshest possible produce, keeping the business suppliers as local as possible.'

This is the first Michelin award for the Baytree, which has been named Restaurant of the Year for the last two years by the Restaurant Association of Ireland.

Conor explains that the secret to their success is delicious home grown produce, slow cooked to enhance the flavour and texture of every dish.

'Kristina likes to grow a lot of our produce on site and in our garden at the house,' said Conor.

'We build our menu around our produce, to keep it seasonable.

'We like to know where the food is coming from.'

And when it comes to creating an award winning menu, Conor added: 'We like to cook classic dishes with a modern twist.

'We like to keep it as simple as possible.

'Our desserts are very traditional and full of flavour, we have had a great apple harvest this year so will cooking lots of apple dishes.

'It has been really tough for business especially in the winter and spring, I would like to thank our suppliers for sticking with us and for putting up with me!' says Conor.

'I would like to thank all of our customers as well as they are really the people who keep us going.'

The Baytree is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm until 9pm and all day Sunday for lunch.

They also have private rooms available which can cater for parties of up to 30 people.

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