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Irish Restaurant Awards Ulster Regional Final 2024

Success for local businesses at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2024.

Source- Irish Restaurant Awards Website 

On Wednesday 10 April at the Armagh City Hotel the Irish Restaurant Awards county winners were announced, with over 800 restauranteurs attended the celebration of food and hospitality in Ulster on the night.

In its 15th year, over 160,000 public nominations for restaurants, cafés and other food services establishments across the country – the highest number yet.

Nominations were made by the public through The Irish Times website, the Irish Restaurant Awards’ media partner.

Once all regional events have been completed and county winners announced, Regional and All Ireland Winners – including in categories such as Best Restaurant and Best Chef – will be revealed at the All Ireland Awards Gala Dinner at the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road, Dublin 4 in May.

Ards and North Down businesses took away 12 out of the 17 county categories, a testament to the wonderful food and drink offering that can be found here.

Here is the list of winners from across the region.  

Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Flo Gas

  • Down – Johnny Mcdowell, Indie Fude

Innovator of the Year – Sponsored by Diageo

  • Down – Underground Dining

Best Sustainable Practices – Sponsored by The Findlater Group

  • Down – No 14 at The Georgian House

Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Provided by Dolmen

  • Down – Noble

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Bibendum

  • Down – Fontana Restaurant

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Square

  • Down – Cleaver

Best Contemporary Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by FBD Insurance

  • Down – Fontana Restaurant

Best Gastropub – Sponsored by Molson Coors

  • Down – Jamaica Inn

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Musgrave Marketplace

  • Down – The Poachers Pocket

Pub of the Year

  • Down – The Maypole

Best Chef – Sponsored by BWG Food Service

  • Down – Shaun Tinman, Frae

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by San Miguel

  • Down – Noble

For more information on the Irish Restaurant Awards 2024 visit:

Official Photographs from the Ulster Regional Awards:

All Images Credit: Paul Sherwood

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