The LEINSTER Regional Final of the Santa Rita/ LIFE Magazine Irish Restaurant Awards 2013 took place in The Marker, Docklands, Dublin, on Tuesday night, 30th April. The winning top restaurants for each category in the region were named at the event.
This year the nominations went online for the first time and they got a spectacular response from the public, nominations doubled and they received over 10,000 votes for Ireland’s favourite restaurants, chefs, gastro-pubs, hotel restaurants and customer service experiences.
In their fifth year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to go from strength to strength. Each year, the awards cast a spotlight on the brightest and best players on the Irish restaurant scene.
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 Kids Size Me, sponsored by Heinz, Engaging With The Gathering, sponsored by Tourism Ireland and Best Just Ask! Menu, sponsored by Bord Bia.
All Regional winners will now compete with the Dublin Winners (to be announced at the finals) for the All Ireland Titles at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2013 Grand Finals in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on Wednesday 10th June.
There are 3 components to phase two of the process and each element is independently assessed by KPMG. They are:
1. Mystery Guest Visit (55%) This component of the awards is conducted by Prism Consulting headed by Hugo Arnold, independent food writer and consultant. All County Winners receive a mystery guest visit throughout the month of April and May.
2. National Awards Academy (35%) Our National Awards Academy is made up representatives from each of the regional judging panels and will meet in May to Judge the County Winners.
3. Menu Judging (10%) All County winners and the Dublin Shortlist in each category are asked to submit a copy of their food menu and wine list for judging.
Voting in the Industry categories commenced on April 4th. Voting in these categories is exclusive to Restaurants Association of Ireland members only, with members competing for: Best Club Restaurant, Best Seafood Experience, Best World Cuisine, Best Newcomer, Best Café, Most Innovative Restaurant, Best Restaurant Design, Best Cocktail Experience, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Cookery School, Best Supplier & Best Digital Marketing.
The winners of the Industry Categories will be announced at the All-Ireland event on 10th June, 2013. Tickets are priced at €130 for the All-Ireland Event and can be bought directly from Sinead at the Restaurants Association of Ireland on (01) 677 9901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And the LEINSTER Regional Awards went to:
Best Customer Service
CARLOW- Lennons at Visual
KILDARE- Fallons of Kilcullen
LAOIS- Preston House
LONGFORD- Viewmount House
LOUTH- Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill
MEATH- Conyngham Arms
OFFALY- Kinnitty Castle
WESTMEATH- Wineport Lodge
WEXFORD- The Pigs Tale
WICKLOW- Ocean Bar & Grill
CARLOW- Teach Dolmain
KILDARE- Hartes Bar & Grill
KILKENNY- Marble City Bar at Langtons
LAOIS- McEvoys Steak & Wine Bar
LONGFORD- Eddie Valentines
MEATH- The Central
OFFALY- The Thatch Bar
WESTMEATH- The Fatted Calf
WEXFORD- Murphy’s Bar & Bistro
WICKLOW- The Roundwood Inn
Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Joseph Drouhin
CARLOW- The Arboretum/ Rachel’s Garden Café
KILDARE- Zest Café & Restaurant
KILKENNY- Café Sol Bistro
LAOIS- Season’s Bistro
LONGFORD- Aubergine Gallery Café
LOUTH- Magees Seafood Bistro
MEATH- La Bucca
OFFALY- Emma’s Café
WESTMEATH- An Tintáin Restaurant
WEXFORD- Cistín Eile
WICKLOW- A. Caviston
Best Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Pallas Foods
CARLOW- Rubens Restaurant at The Step House Hotel
KILDARE- The River Room Restaurant at The K Club
KILKENNY- Lady Helen @ Mount Juliet
LAOIS- Castle Durrow
LONGFORD- VM Restaurant
LOUTH- Scholars Townhouse Hotel
MEATH- Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House
OFFALY- The Charleville Restaurant at The Bridge House Hotel
WESTMEATH- Killinure Restaurant, Glasson
WEXFORD- Monart Restaurant
WICKLOW- The Strawberry Tree at Brooklodge
Best Chef – Sponsored by Tipperary Water
CARLOW- Alan Foley of The Step House Hotel
KILDARE- Josef Zammit of The Brown Bear
KILKENNY- Cormac Rowe of The Lady Helen
LAOIS- Graham Gallagher of Castle Durrow
LONGFORD- Gary O’Hanlon of VM Restaurant
LOUTH- Reuven Diaz of Eastern Seaboard Bar and Grill
MEATH- Paul McCullagh of Zucchini’s
OFFALY- Anthony Holland of Kinnitty Castle
WESTMEATH- Fergal O’Donnell of The Fatted Calf
WEXFORD- Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House
WICKLOW- Lalit Kumar of Chakra by Jaipur
Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Santa Rita
CARLOW- Sha Roe Bistro
KILDARE- Trax Brasserie
LAOIS- The Candied Walnut
LONGFORD- The Black Olive
LOUTH- The BayTree Restaurant at Belvedere House
WESTMEATH- Thyme Restaurant
WEXFORD- Aldridge Lodge
WICKLOW- Chakra by Jaipur
Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Thomas Barton
The K Club, Kildare
Best Kids Size Me – Sponsored by Heinz
The Olive Grove, Westmeath