September 28, 2021
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Fare play! Wicklow’s top diners and eateries unveiled at Leinster Restaurant Awards

Wicklow’s top restaurants – across all food categories – were honoured at the 2020 Leinster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards took last night.

The gala event took place at the Knightsbrook Hotel in Dublin.

Over 700 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.

Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said: “Now in their 12th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, pubs and restaurants of Ireland, as well as recognising the teams behind these establishments and the hard work and dedication that they put in. With well over 100,000 nominations received from the public this year, the standard for the judging process was higher than ever.

“Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world though exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer. We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry.”

Food outlets were nominated under the categories of Best Customer Service, Best Café, Best Gastro Pub, Best ‘Free From’, Best Casual Dining, Best World Cuisine, Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Wine Experience, Pub of the Year, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Kids Size Me, Local Food Hero, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine and Best Newcomer.

All of the Wicklow 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, Burlington Road, Dublin on Monday, May 18.

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants
Wicklow – The Pigeon House Delgany 

Best Chef – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice
Wicklow – Oisin Kehoe-Clarke of The Pigeon House Delgany

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Monin
Wicklow – Double 8

Best Restaurant Manager – AIB Merchant Services
Wicklow – Jay Johance of Pink Salt Indian Restaurant

Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by Frylite
Wicklow – Strawberry Tree Restaurant at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village

Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Dolmen Insurance Brokers
Wicklow – Chakra by Jaipur

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon
Wicklow – Wicklow Heather Restaurant & House

Best Cafe – Sponsored by Illy
Wicklow – The Fat Fox

Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson Ginger and Lime
Wicklow – The Glenmalure Lodge

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys with Bibendum
Wicklow – Ripasso Restaurant and Wine Bar

Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by Stafford Lynch – San Pellegrino
Wicklow – Chakra by Jaipur

Best “Free From” – Sponsored by Peroni Libera
Wicklow – The Happy Pear

Best Kids Size Me
Wicklow – Tiffin by Sunil

Best Local Food Hero – Sponsored by The Irish Times
Wicklow – Hilda Crampton & Dominic Quinn of Castleruddery Organic Farm

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Manor Farm
Wicklow – Strawberry Tree Restaurant at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat
Wicklow – Box Burger

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