The Leinster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Killashee House Hotel this week where the top restaurants in each county for 2019 were announced.
Over 600 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Leinster turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.
Food outlets were nominated under the categories of Best Customer Service, Best Gastro Pub, Best Casual Dining, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Wine Experience, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Kids Size Me Menu, Local Food Hero, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine and Best Newcomer.
All of the county winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards. These will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin on Monday 13th May, 2019.
And the Wicklow Winners were:
Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants – Pink Salt Indian Restaurant, Bray
Best Chef – Sponsored by Nisbets – James Kavanagh of The Strawberry Tree at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village
Best Newcomer – Lily’s On Church Street, Wicklow Town
Best Restaurant Manager – AIB MS – John Walsh of Pigeon House Café, Delgany
Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by BWG Food Service – The Strawberry Tree at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village
Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Lockton – The Roundwood Inn
Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon – The Roundwood Inn
Best Cafe – Sponsored by Illy – Firehouse Bakery, Delgany
Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson Caskmates – Harbour Bar, Bray
Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys – La Touche Wines 4 U, Greystones
Best World Cuisine – The Happy Pear, Greystones and Pink Salt Indian Restaurant, Bray
Best Kids Size Me – Tiffin by Sunil, Greystones
Best Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times – Patrick Ryan of Firehouse Bakery & Breadschool, Delgany
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios – Cowfish, Bray
Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat – Pigeon House Café, Delgany