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Only one Dublin pub makes Michelin grade

A single Dublin pub has achieved a coveted listing in the 2014 Michelin 'Eating Out in Pubs' Guide.

The Chop House in Ballsbridge is the only Dublin pub listed among the 34 pubs featured in the guide and spread across 15 counties.

Joe Doohan, manager of the Chop House said getting the award was "something special".

The pub had not been listed in the guide before and although they had won awards before, the Michelin Guide "is the one everyone wants", he told the Herald.

He credited chef Denis Massey with their success and said the challenge now was "to keep up the standards."

There are five new listings among the 27 pubs south of the border. These include Byrne & Woods in Roundwood, Co Wicklow, Tavern in Murrisk, Co Mayo, Fallon's in Kilcullen, Co Kildare and Linnnane's Lobster Bar, New Quay and Morrissey's, Doonbeg – both in Co Clare.

Three others received the inspector's favourite listings – the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Deasy's in Clonakilty and Toddy's at The Bullman in Kinsale.

In the north, all of the successful listings are from Co Down. They include the Pheasant in Annahilt, Coyle's in Bangor, Lisbarnett House in Comber, Grace Neill's and Pier 36, both in Donaghadee and the Parson's Nose and Plough Inn, both in Hillsborough.

Editor of the Guide Rebecca Burr said that all the pubs listed had been "rigorously inspected" by the same team that produces the famed Michelin Great Britain and Ireland restaurant guide.