A number of Offaly restaurants picked up their awards at the Leinster Regional Final of the Santa Rita/ LIFE Magazine Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the new The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square on Monday.
Over 350 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 been awarded one of the prestigious awards.
In total there were six award winners for Offaly with Kinnitty Castle picking up two awards on the night for Best Customer Service and Best Chef, Anthony Holland.
Best Gastro Pub Sponsored by Faustino went to The Thatch Bar in Crinkill while Best Casual Dining went to Emma’s Cafe in Birr.
Best Hotel Restaurant Sponsored by Pallas Foods went to the Charleville Restaurant in the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore while Best Restaurant also went to a Tullamore eatery with Sirocco’s picking up the prestigious accolade.
Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said, “In their fifth year now, 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. The Irish Restaurant Awards are the awards everyone wants to win. This year the nominations went online for the first time and we got a spectacular response from the public- nominations doubled and we received10,000 votes for over 2,000 of Ireland’s favourite restaurants, chefs, gastro pubs, hotel restaurants and customer service experience.
“We celebrate the award winning cuisines and the great restaurateurs and chefs who are constantly bringing international recognition and accolades to the Irish restaurant scene. Restaurateurs are entrepreneurs, and that is reflected in the fact that the restaurant sector is the biggest employer within the hospitality industry. We provide employment to 64,000 people and the industry has annual sales in excess of €2 billion; tonight, everyone is a winner.”
For all the information on the judging process and the All-Ireland event; please see www.irishrestaurantawards.com.