Newcomer Butler & Barry wins Best Gastro Pub award
Butler & Barry in Bray has been named Wicklow's Best Gastro Pub in the Irish Restaurant Awards 2018.
Voted for by the public, as well as being adjudicated by a panel of culinary experts and food writers, the top award from The Restaurants Association of Ireland recognises an innovative and exciting menu, excellent food standards and presentation, professional service and a special dining experience.
Essentially, the Best Gastro Pub title goes to a venue that provides restaurant quality dining but doesn't compromise on the traditional comfortable 'pub' atmosphere, the awards organisers say. Bray's hospitality newcomer was actually a double-winner in the Leinster heat of Ireland's food Oscars, with the RAI award for Best Restaurant Manager in Wicklow also went to Donal Byrne from Butler & Barry.
Owner Shane O'Farrell, owner of the venue, said that these accolades coming less than a year since Butler & Barry opened, reflect a team who are the ultimate professionals in food and hospitality, and who always go above and beyond to look after customers.
'I have known Donal Byrne for 15 years and his vast experience in this sector is unrivalled,' said Mr O'Farrell. 'We are all thrilled Donal has been recognised for his incredible management skills and that our food offering and service was judged to be Wicklow's finest.'
Mr O'Farrell, who also owns The Wild Goose and The Ardmore, paid tribute to head chef Shane Kenny food manager Theresa McGlynn, and manager, Eoin Quinlan.
'We have a great team and lovely customers,' said Mr Byrne. 'It is a pleasure to brighten someone's day with a good meal or a companionable drink in a welcoming venue. It may not be rocket science, but what we do, we do well, and I'm very proud of the team at Butler & Barry and their dedication to our clients and their colleagues.'
The awards took place in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim last Wednesday, March 7.