Ireland’s best pubs and restaurants have been revealed
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Ireland’s best pubs and restaurants have been revealed

THE BEST pubs and restaurants on offer across Ireland have been revealed.

Ireland’s best bars and eateries were announced at the All-Ireland Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards at the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road in Dublin this week.

It was a night that saw the best restaurants, pubs and other food business honoured in a night that will give those visiting Ireland plenty of food for thought, so to speak.

Knowing the best bars and restaurants on offer represents essential information for any visiting tourists and it’s no different here with the winners representing a selection of the very best from the Emerald Isle.

Loam Restaurant in Galway was one of the big winners after being name the best restaurant in Ireland.

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Graham Neville of Dax in Dublin was named Best Chef while Everett’s restaurant in Waterford was named Best Newcomer.

Dax Restaurant, Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill, Wild Honey Inn, and OX also took home awards in the restaurant category.

The Pub of the Year award meanwhile went to Doheny and Nesbitt in Dublin.

J Doherty's, Hamilton's Pub, Coach House & Olde Bar, and Levis Corner House also won awards for the best pubs in their respective regions of Ireland.

The winners were picked from a total of more than 90,000 public nominations, which represents the highest number in the awards’ 11-year history.

Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said: “This is the 11th year of the Irish Restaurant Awards, and it has been the biggest year for the awards to date.

"Over 90,000 nominations were received from the public in January, and over 2,000 restaurateurs attended the Regional Awards, which were held in Kildare, Monaghan, Limerick and Sligo. The standard for judging this year has been very high."

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The main winners list reads as follows:

Best Restaurant

All-Ireland: Loam Restaurant

Dublin: Dax Restaurant

Connacht Loam Restaurant

Leinster: Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill

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Munster: Wild Honey Inn

Ulster: OX

Best Chef

All-Ireland: Graham Neville of Dax Restaurant

Dublin: Graham Neville of Dax Restaurant

Connacht Barry Ralph of House of Plates

Leinster: Deirdre Adamson of The Fatted Calf

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Munster: Peter Everett of Everett's Restaurant

Ulster: Chris McGowan of Wine and Brine

Best Restaurant Manager

All-Ireland: Eva Ivanova of Sage Restaurant

Dublin: Denise McBrien of The Old Spot

Connacht Eva Ivanova of Sage Restaurant

Leinster: Edwina Hynes of La Côte Seafood Restaurant

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Munster: John Edward Joyce of The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

Ulster: Saul McConnell of NOBLE.

Pub of the Year

All-Ireland: Doheny and Nesbitt

Dublin: Doheny and Nesbitt

Connacht: J Doherty's

Leinster: Hamilton's Pub

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Munster: Levis Corner House

Ulster: Coach House & Olde Bar

Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant

All-Ireland: Gregans Castle Hotel

Dublin: The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel

Connacht: West Restaurant at the Twelve Hotel

Leinster: Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House

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Munster: Gregans Castle Hotel

Ulster: Newforge House

Best Newcomer

All-Ireland: Everett's Restaurant

Dublin: Uno Mas

Connacht: Passione by the Slice

Leinster: Lily's On Church Street

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Munster: Everett's Restaurant

Ulster: Hara

Best Gastro Pub

All-Ireland: The Old Spot

Dublin: The Old Spot

Connacht: Bar One

Leinster: The Ballymore Inn

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Munster: Mikey Ryan’s Bar and Kitchen

Ulster: Clenaghans

Best Customer Service

All-Ireland: The Muddlers Club

Dublin: Luna

Connacht: Park House Hotel

Leinster: LENNONS @ Visual

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Munster: Ballyvolane House

Ulster: The Muddlers Club

Best Casual Dining

All-Ireland: 777

Dublin: 777

Connacht: HOOKED Sligo

Leinster:Truffles Restaurant and Wine Bar

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Munster: Bodega

Ulster: The Olde Glen Bar, Restaurant and Tea Room

Best Wine Experience

All-Ireland: Green Man Wines

Dublin: Green Man Wines

Connacht: Le Petit Pois

Leinster: Barrows Keep

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Munster: The Black Pig

Ulster: OX

Best Kids Size Me

All-Ireland: Old Street Restaurant

Dublin: Old Street Restaurant

Connacht: Shells Seaside Bakery and Café

Leinster: Tiffin by Sunil

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Munster: 9 Café

Ulster:Oak Room Restaurant

Best World Cuisine

All-Ireland: 3 Leaves

Dublin: 3 Leaves

Connacht: Spice India

Leinster: Pink Salt Indian Restaurant

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Munster: Iyer's

Ulster: Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro

Best Café

All-Ireland: Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant

Dublin: Two Pups

Connacht: Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant

Leinster: Knockdrinna Farm Shop & Artisan Café

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Munster: Good Day Deli

Ulster: Dinkin's Home Bakery & Café

Best Free From

All-Ireland: GROW HQ

Dublin: Urbanity

Connacht: Drumanilra Farm Kitchen

Leinster: Zucchini's Restaurant

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Munster: GROW HQ

Ulster: The Olde Post Inn

Local Food Hero

All-Ireland: Seán Hussey of Hussey & Sons Fruit & Veg

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine

All-Ireland: 35 Restaurant

Dublin: Forest & Marcy

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Connacht: An Port Mór Restaurant

Leinster: Thyme Restaurant

Munster: 35 Restaurant

Ulster: Wine and Brine

Best Digital Marketing

All-Ireland: Michael’s Mount Merrion

Best Cookery School

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All-Ireland: The Neven Maguire Cookery School

Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant

All-Ireland: Stephens Green Hibernian Club

Best Seafood Experience

All-Ireland: Fish Shop, Benburb Street

Best Cocktail Experience

All-Ireland: The Tack Room at Adare Manor

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