Northern Ireland Tourist Board

How can we help?

Or browse

Northern Ireland Winners at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

NI Year of Food and Drink, NI Food and Drink

Posted by Tourism NI

Published May 9, 2017


Over fifty restaurants, hotel restaurants & chefs honoured at prestigious awards

Northern Ireland Winners at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

2017 All-Ireland Best Chef title

The Restaurants Association of Ireland is pleased to announce that the All-Ireland Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the The Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin last night and named the top restaurants in Ireland for 2017.

Over 900 restaurateurs and staff attended the sold out, black tie event which celebrated the hard work and achievements within the industry over the last 12 months.

Chapter One restaurant in Dublin was named as the 2017 All-Ireland Best Restaurant while Danni Barry of Deanes EPIC, Co Antrim took home the 2017 All-Ireland Best Chef title.

Guests were treated to a lavish six course gala dinner prepared by a team of five chefs. The Awards Chef Team is hand-picked by the Restaurants Association each year and is made up of winning chefs from the previous year’s awards with each Chef representing a region of Ireland.

Other Northern Ireland winners included Walled City Brewery, the Muddlers Club, Lost and Found, Bull & Ram, OX Cave and OX Belfast.

Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins commented, “This is the ninth and most successful year of the Irish Restaurant Awards to date. These Awards are the accolades of the Irish restaurant industry – everybody wants to win one. From over 70,000 online nominations cast earlier this year to 2,500 guests attending our regional events, it is clear that the stature, calibre and reputation of the awards is expanding at a considerable rate and it is all in aid of recognising the talent within our sector. All winners and finalists here tonight are very deserving of their awards.”

The full list of regional and All-Ireland winners is as follows;

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits and Astoria Wines
• All -Ireland - Chapter One, Dublin
• Dublin – Chapter One, Dublin
• Connaught – Kai Café & Restaurant, Galway
• Leinster - Sha-Roe Bistro, Carlow
• Munster - Wild Honey Inn, Clare
• Ulster - MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan

Best Chef – Sponsored by Pallas Foods
• All -Ireland - Danni Barry of Deanes EIPIC, Antrim
• Dublin – Ciaran Sweeney of Forest & Marcy, Dublin
• Connaught – Shamzuri Hanifa of The Cottage Restaurant, Leitrim
• Leinster - Gary O'Hanlon of VM Restaurant at Viewmount House, Longford
• Munster - Keith Boyle of The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford
• Ulster - Danni Barry of Deanes EIPIC, Antrim

Best Restaurant Manager – Tindal Wine Merchants
• All -Ireland - Alain Kerloc'h of OX, Co Antrim
• Dublin – John Healy of Suesey Street, Dublin

Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Bushmills
• All -Ireland - Morrissey's, Laois
• Dublin – The Long Hall, Dublin
• Connaught – John Morans Bar, Mayo
• Leinster - Morrissey's, Laois
• Munster - Davy Macs, Waterford
• Ulster - The Coach House & Olde Bar, Monaghan

Best Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Elavon
• All -Ireland - The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare
• Dublin – The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
• Connaught – Wildes at the Lodge, Mayo
• Leinster - Ballyfin Demesne, Laois
• Munster - The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare
• Ulster - St Kyrans Country House Restaurant, Cavan

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by BWG Food Service
• All -Ireland - Forest & Marcy, Dublin
• Dublin – Forest & Marcy, Dublin
• Connaught – Cian's On Bridge Street, Mayo
• Leinster - Three Old Bar & Restaurant, Louth
• Munster - Holy Smoke, Cork
• Ulster - Bull & Ram, Co Down

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Coca-Cola HBC
• All -Ireland - Walled City Brewery, Co Derry~Londonderry 
• Dublin – The Exchequer, Dublin
• Connaught – Keenans of Tarmonbarry Gastro Bar, Roscommon
• Leinster - Mary Barry's Bar, Wexford
• Munster - Morrissey's Bar and Restaurant, Clare
• Ulster - Walled City Brewery, Co Derry ~ Londonderry

Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzuro
• All -Ireland - The Maigue Restaurant at Dunraven Arms Hotel, Limerick
• Dublin – Chapter One, Dublin
• Connaught – Library Restaurant at Belleek Castle, Mayo
• Leinster - LENNONS @ VISUAL, Carlow
• Munster - The Maigue Restaurant at Dunraven Arms Hotel, Limerick
• Ulster - MacNean House & Restaurant, Cavan

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by S. Pellegrino
• All -Ireland - The Muddlers Club, Co Antrim
• Dublin – Etto, Dublin
• Connaught – Bar One, Mayo
• Leinster - Wild and Native, Wexford
• Munster - Momo Restaurant, Waterford
• Ulster - The Muddlers Club, Co Antrim

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by CLASSICdrinks
• All -Ireland - OX Cave, Co Antrim
• Dublin – Etto, Dublin
• Connaught – Sheridans Cheesemongers - Wine Bar, Galway
• Leinster – Greenacres, Wexford
• Munster - L'Atitude51 Wine Café, Cork
• Ulster - OX Cave, Co Antrim

Best Kids Size Me – Sponsored by Heinz Ireland
• All -Ireland - Café Rua, Mayo
• Dublin – Farmhill, Dublin

Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by Dubliner Cheese
• All -Ireland - Wa Café, Galway
• Dublin – 777, Dublin

Best Café – Sponsored by Illy Caffe
• All -Ireland - Lost & Found, Co Derry~Londonderry 
• Dublin – Meet Me in the Morning, Dublin

Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times
• All -Ireland - Michael Kelly of GROW HQ, Waterford
• Dublin – Brid & Colm Carter of Honest2Goodness, Dublin

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaois
• All -Ireland - Forest & Marcy, Dublin
• Dublin – Forest & Marcy, Dublin

Best Digital Marketing – Sponsored by Open Table
• All -Ireland – Two Boys Brew, Dublin

Best Cookery School – Sponsored by Avonmore
• All -Ireland - Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School, Tipperary

Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant – Sponsored by Laurent Perrier
• All -Ireland - Pullman Restaurant at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway

Best Seafood Experience – Sponsored by Restaurants Association of Ireland
• All -Ireland - Fish Shop Queen St, Dublin

Best Cocktail Experience– Sponsored by Ketel One Vodka
• All -Ireland - Candlelight Bar at Siam Thai Dundrum, Dublin


Posted by Tourism NI

Produced by Tourism NI