Longford restaurants aim for All Ireland glory at Irish restaurant awards

Kevin Forde

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Kevin Forde

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kevin.forde@longfordleader.ie

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The 11th Annual All Ireland Irish Restaurant Awards will take place on Sunday, May 13, 1 in the Clayton, Burlington Road, where over 1,000 guests will sit down to a five-course gala dinner, prepared by previous winners of the Irish Restaurant Awards.

The awards are one of the premier events in the hospitality industry, the largest and most prestigious event in the hospitality industry. Over 90,000 nominations were received in January during the first stage of the Irish Restaurant Awards, where members of the public nominated their favourite establishments.

Throughout March, the Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards were held in Kildare, Monaghan, Limerick and Sligo where the best restaurants, chefs and restaurant staff in each county were recognised for the hard work and dedication.

In addition to the Regional Awards, restaurants from each county will also be competing in National Awards, which will be presented at the All Ireland Awards on May 13. The National Categories are: Best Cocktail Experience, Best Private Dining and Club Restaurant, Best Cookery School, Best Seafood Experience and Best Digital Marketing

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive Officer of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said, “Now in their 11th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards have grown year on year and with over 90,000 nominations from the public in 2019, it’s a great showcase of all the excellent produce and skilled chefs that we have here in Ireland. The Irish Restaurant Awards prides itself on celebrating the best of the best, knowing that Irish restaurants are among the best in the world.”

Below is the full list of regional winners in Longford:

-Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants: Longford- Nine Arches Restaurant

-Best Chef – Sponsored by Nisbets: Longford- Robert Groot Koerkamp of VM Restaurant at Viewmount House

-Best Newcomer - Vocella's

-Best Restaurant Manager – Sponsored by AIB Merchant Services: Lorna Halligan of Nine Arches Restaurant

-Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by BWG Food Service: VM Restaurant at Viewmount House

-Best Customer ServiceSponsored by Lockton: Tús Nua Restaurant

-Best Gastro Pub - Sponsored by Elavon:  The Rustic Inn

-Best Cafe - Sponsored by Illy: Macs Shack

-Pub of the Year - Sponsored by Jameson Caskmates: Milo’s Bar

-Best Wine Experience - Sponsored by Gilbeys with Bibendum: Skellys Bar & Guest House

-Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by HiUp: Spice India

-Best “Free From” – Sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free: Torc Café

-Best Kids - Sponsored by Size Me: Jac-O-Bites Café

-Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times: Eilish McLoughlin of Dial a Chef

-Local Food Hero, LeinsterSponsored by Rewarding Times: Fiona Falconer of Wild About

-Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios; Tús Nua Restaurant

-Best Casual Dining - Sponsored by Just Eat: Richmond Inn