There was a number of Bray and Enniskerry winners at the All Ireland Final of Irish Restaurant Awards 2022.
The prestigious awards took place in the Convention Centre, Dublin on Monday night, September 19. Almost 900 restaurant and hospitality business owners and staff attended to celebrate their hard work and achievements.
Best World Cuisine in Leinster was won by Pink Salt Indian Restaurant.
Pink Salt, Indian Restaurant, 73 Main Street, Bray, offers an authentic Indian taste following the traditional way of cooking.
Owner Jay Johance and his business partner and head chef Anubhav Srivafdava are delighted with the award.
Jay said: “I want to thank the people of Bray and Wicklow for supporting us and nominating us in the first place. It has been a very hard two years for all the businesses, and this award gives us very good encouragement for the future. We will continue to give our very best for the people of Bray and Wicklow.”
Best Gastro Pub in Leinster was won by Butler and Barry Gastrobar which is located on Strand Road in Bray.
Co-owners Shane O’Farrell and Donal Byrne are delighted with the win: ”We want to say a massive thank you and congratulations to our whole team, to our wonderful loyal customers and to everyone who has supported us.”
Best Casual Dining in Leinster went to The Enniskerry Inn which is located on Church Hill in Enniskerry.
Edel Lawlor, who owns the Inn with her brother Brian said: “We’re completely and utterly shocked and delighted. We have had a tough two years and to get this award means a lot. We took over the Inn in 2016 and have poured our lives in to it. Our two chefs and staff have been fantastic and it was great that they were able to come along to the awards. Our mam and dad were there too, I’m so happy they were there to see it. It was fantastic.”
Speaking at the Irish Restaurant Awards All Ireland Final, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Paul Lenehan, said: “This has been an outstanding year for the Irish Restaurant Awards, in it’s 13th Year now after a two year break due to COVID we have surpassed previous years online public nominations with over 100,000 received in June and our Regional Events held in August and September in Meath, Cavan, Cork and Leitrim had almost 3,000 attendees. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the existing and up and coming talent in the sector and are a reminder that hospitality is nothing without the dedicated and passionate staff in the industry. We are delighted to have the awards back up and running again and it has been a fantastic display of what the industry has to offer here in the Convention Centre Dublin.”
Food outlets were nominated under the categories of Local Food Hero, Best Free From, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Wine Experience, Best Café, Best World Cuisine, Best Newcomer, Pub of the Year, Best Casual Dining, Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant, Best Customer Service, Best Gastropub, Best Chef, and Best Restaurant and finally a new award category for 2022 Best Sustainable Practices.