All the Offaly winners from last night's Irish Restaurant Awards
The first of four regional finals in this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, last night where 165 awards were presented to the country’s leading chefs, restaurants and pubs.
Over 550 people attended the Leinster Regional Final on Wednesday evening where the top establishments in each county, including Offaly, were named.
The awards covered a wide range of venues and the winners from each of Leinster’s 11 counties were selected from the following categories: Best Casual Dining, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, Best Kids Size Me, Best ‘Free From’, Best World Cuisine, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Wine Experience, Pub of the Year, Best Café, Best Customer Service, Best Gastro Pub, Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant, Best Newcomer, Best Chef and Best Restaurant. There was also a special Regional award for Leinster’s Local Food Hero.
The Blue Apron restaurant in Tullamore was named as the best restaurant in Offaly, while their chef Kenan Phelivan was named as the best chef in the county. Best casual dining went to Emma's Café, Best Customer Service to Captain House in Tullamore, and best gastro pub to Hennessy's.
Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their tenth year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the exquisite and admirable calibre of food available in our restaurants and pubs nationwide. Online nominations have increased from 9,000 in 2013 to over 80,000 this year and with the increase in interest comes an increase in standards, making the judging process more difficult than ever."
“Our small island boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the exotic taste explosions of world cuisine to the comfort of traditional dishes. We have an appreciation for what we eat, for the journey of our food from farm to fork, and for the dedication of those working in the food industry to serve up Ireland’s finest food.”
Here is the full list of Offaly Winners:
Best Casual Dining sponsored by San Pellegrino - Emma's Café
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine sponsored by Odaios Foods - Spinners Restaurant
Best Kids Size Me sponsored by Dubliner Cheese - Lana Asian Street Food
Best 'Free From' sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free - The Red Apple Cafe
Best World Cuisine sponsored by Aryzta - Lana Asian Street Food
Best Restaurant Manager - Paula Tahraoui of Siroccos Italian Restaurant
Best Wine Experience sponsored by Classic Drinks - Siroccos Italian Restaurant
Pub of the Year sponsored by Bushmills - The Chestnut
Best Café sponsored by Illy - Woodfield Cafe
Best Customer Service - The Captain House Restaurant
Best Gastro Pub sponsored by Coca Cola & Schweppes - Hennessy's
Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant sponsored by BWG Foodservice - Slí Dala Restaurant at Kinnitty Castle
Best Newcomer sponsored by Elavon - Kings Kitchen at The Fivealley Inn
Best Chef sponsored by Nisbets - Kenan Phelivan at Blue Apron Restaurant
Best Restaurant sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants - Blue Apron Restaurant, Tullamore
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