The Food Oscars

Food Oscars

On Tuesday night Lucy and I went along to the Connaught Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards.I follow the awards every year on Twitter so it was great to actually go along and see what it was like.

Irish Restaurant Awards

The event was held in the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa here in Sligo. The doors opened at 7pm and there was plenty of opportunity to sample some of the gorgeous food and drink on offer. The prize giving started at 8.30pm and I have to credit all involved for such a well run evening. I must say there are now a few restaurants on my list that I’d like to visit.

The crowd

There was a huge crowd there on the night and a great atmosphere. I wasn’t drinking as I was driving but I’m kicking myself that I didn’t book a room at the hotel and make a night of it! Next time!

Anyway onto the winners of the Connaght Awards:

‘Best Newcomer’ sponsored by BWG Foodservice.

Galway: Le Petit Pois
Leitrim: St. George’s Terrace
Mayo: The Idle Wall
Roscommon: The Yew Tree Lecarrow
Sligo: Pudding Row

‘Best Wine Experience’  sponsored by Classic Drinks

Galway: Upstairs @ West at The Twelve

Leitrim: St. George’s Terrace
Mayo: Ashford Castle
Roscommon: The Douglas Hyde at Kilronan Castle
Sligo: Hargadons Bros

‘Best Customer Service’ sponsored by

Galway: Kai Cafe + Restaurant

Leitrim: St. George’s Terrace
Mayo: Hungry Monk Cafe
Roscommon: Bennys Deli

‘Best Emerging Irish Cuisine’ award sponsored by Odaios Foods. There was just one award for each region and the Connaght winner is The Lodge at Ashford Castle

‘Best World Cuisine’ sponsored by Keelings Farm Fresh

Galway: WA Cafe Kappa-ya

Leitrim: Victoria Hall Restaurant
Mayo: Yang’s Chinese Restaurant
Roscommon: Mother India
Sligo: Miso Sushi

‘Best Gastro Pub’ sponsored by Bunzl Mclaughlin.

Galway: Blakes Bar

Leitrim: The Oarsman
Mayo: Pat Cohans Bar
Roscommon: Keenans Of Tarmonbarry
Sligo: Langs Bar and Restaurant

‘Best Kids Size Me’ award sponsored by Heinz Ireland. This is a regional award with only one winner for Connaught and that is Cafe Rua in Co. Mayo.

‘Best Cafe’ award  sponsored by Aryzta Food Solutions.

Galway: Upstairs at McCambridge’s

Leitrim: Lena’s Tea Room
Mayo: Cafe Rua
Roscommon: Rogue & Co. Cafe
Sligo: Knox

‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ sponsored by Elavon

Galway: Restaurant Gigi’s at The g Hotel Galway
Leitrim: Sandstone Restaurant at Lough Rynn Castle
Mayo: The Library Restaurant at Belleek Castle Ireland
Roscommon: Terrace Restaurant at Abbey Hotel Roscommon
Sligo : Coopershill House

Local Food Hero Connaght Winner: JP McMahon of Aniar Restaurant

‘Best Casual Dining’ award sponsored by SANPELLEGRINO.

Galway: Taste Matters
Leitrim: Vittos Restaurant Carrick on Shannon
Mayo: The Pantry & Corkscrew
Roscommon: Les Petites Tartres
Sligo: Shells Sea Side Bakery Cafe

‘Best Restaurant Manager’ sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants is Cillian Burke of Brasserie On The Corner

‘Best Chef’ awards sponsored by La Rousse Foods.

Galway: Enda McEvoy of Loam
Leitrim: Shamzuri Hanifa of the cottage restaurant
Mayo: Aine Maguire of The Idle Wall
Roscommon: Alison Crean of Terrace Restaurant at Abbey Hotel Roscommon
Sligo: Andy Donaghy of Coach Lane @ Donaghy’s

‘Best Restaurant’ category sponsored by Dalcassian Wines and Spirits.

Galway: Loam
Leitrim: the cottage restaurant
Mayo: Sage Restaurant, Westport
Roscommon: The Purple Onion
Sligo : Eala Bhan Restaurant

Best of luck to all the Connaght finalists as they prepare for a ‘surprise’ visit to judge them for the final of the Irish Restaurant Awards.


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