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The Very Best Restaurants And Pubs In Ireland For 2018 Have Been Revealed

By Jen

May 15, 2018 at 9:44am

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Need some inspo for where to eat this weekend? The winners of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2018 have been announced just in time. 

Now in its tenth year, the awards have continued to grow in popularity with over 90,000 online nominations submitted for Irish restaurants and hospitality businesses this year. 

Over 1,000 restaurateurs and staff attended the event which celebrated the achievements and standards of the industry of the last 12 months.

There were 21 categories including the newest category this year, Best ‘Free From’, which was won by Sweet Beat Café in Sligo.

Etto in Dublin 2 was named Restaurant of the Year at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2018 at the Clayton Burlington Road hotel last night. 

Jess Murphy, of Kai Galway took home the Best Chef accolade with her philosophy of fresh, organic produce from local suppliers to create daily menus bursting with flavour, texture and colour.

Etto restaurant in Dublin, is a previous winner of the Irish Restaurant Awards Best Casual Dining and Best Wine Experience awards.

Check out the list below for all the worthy winners:

Best Gastro Pub 

Dublin - The Legal Eagle
Connaught - Cronin's Sheebeen
Leinster - Lennons Gastro Pub
Munster - Moorings
Ulster - The Brewer's House

All-Ireland - The Legal Eagle


Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant 

Dublin - The Marker Hotel
Connaught - Wilde's at The Lodge
Leinster - Ballyfin Demesne
Munster - Park Hotel Kenmare
Ulster - Newforge House

All-Ireland - Park Hotel Kenmare


Best Newcomer

Dublin - Michael's Mount Merrion
Connaught - Hooked
Leinster - Barrows Keep
Munster - Dooks Fine Foods Fethard
Ulster - Clenaghans

All-Ireland - Clenaghans


Best Cafe 

Dublin - Honey Truffle
Connaught - Pudding Row
Leinster - Strandfield Café
Munster - Maison Gourmet
Ulster - The Jolly Sandwich Bar

All-Ireland - Pudding Row


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Best Wine Experience 

Dublin - Piglet Wine Bar
Connaught - Aniar Restaurant and Boutique Cookery School 
Leinster - La Touche Wines 4 U
Munster - The Black Pig
Ulster - Ox Cave

All-Ireland - Piglet Wine Bar


Best World Cuisine

Dublin - Nightmarket
Connaught - MoMA Restaurant
Leinster - Pink Salt Indian Restaurant 
Munster - Palmento
Ulster - Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro

All-Ireland - Nightmarket


Best Kids Size Me

Dublin - Michael's Mount Merrion
Connaught - Gather Restaurant 
Leinster - Platform Pizza Bar
Munster - GROW HQ Café and Food Education Centre 
Ulster - Amici 

All-Ireland - Michaels Mount Merrion


Best Local Food Hero

Dublin - Jenny & Patrick McNally of McNally Family Farm
All-Ireland - Mark Murphy & Mark Doe of The Apprentice Chef Programm

Apprentice Chef

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine

Dublin - Craft Restaurant 
Connaught - Tartare Café + Wine Bar
Leinster - Kernel Bar & Kitchen
Munster - SAGE Restaurant
Ulster - 28 Darling St

All-Ireland - Craft Restaurant


Best Restaurant Manager 

Dublin - Talha Pasha of Michael's Mount Merrion
Connaught - Lee Hanifa of The Cottage Restaurant
Leinster - Joanne Harding of the Aldridge Lodge
Munster - Sally O'Brien of Farmgate Restaurant and Country Store 
Ulster - Saul McConnell  of NOBLE. Holywood

All-Ireland - Sally O'Brien of Farmgate Restaurant and Country Store 

Best ‘Free From’

Dublin - I Monelli
Connaught - Sweet Beat Café 
Leinster - Zucchini's Restaurant
Munster - Nutrilicious Food Co
Ulster - The Dirty Duck

All-Ireland - Sweet Beat Café 


Best Customer Service

Dublin - Etto
Connaught - House of Plates
Leinster - Roundwood House
Munster - The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge
Ulster - Harvey's Point

All-Ireland - Harvey's Point


Pub of the Year

Dublin - Walshs Stoneybatter
Connaught - Flynns Bar
Leinster - Morrisseys
Munster - Murphy's Bar Brandon
Ulster - Tomneys Bar

All-Ireland - Walshs Stoneybatter


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Best Chef winners 

Dublin - Barry Sun Jian of Etto
Connaught - Jess Murphy of Kai Restaurant
Leinster - Sam Moody at Ballyfin Demesne
Munster - Aidan McGrath of Wild Honey Inn
Ulster - Chris McGowan of Wine & Brine

All-Ireland - Jess Murphy of Kai Restaurant


Best Restaurant 

Dublin - Etto
Connaught - Cian's on Bridge Street
Leinster - TwoCooks Restaurant & Wine Bar
Munster - Mews Restaurant 
Ulster - The Muddlers Club

All-Ireland - Etto


So many options for your next night out. 

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