THE Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards, in association with The Irish Times, took place this week and named this year’s top restaurants.
In Donegal two restaurants alone were nominated in two categories each last night at the in The Titanic Quarter in Belfast.
Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal town is nominated Best Hotel Restaurant and Best Wine Experience, while Harry’s Restaurant, Bridgend is up for Best Restaurant and Best Chef (Derek Creagh).
Other nominated restaurants were The Village Tavern, Mountcharles; Browns on the Green, Letterkenny Golf Club; Castle Murray House Hotel & Restaurant, St John’s Point, Dunkineely, and The Hatter Tea Room, Stranorlar.
Over 500 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Ulster, turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.
Food outlets were nominated under the categories of Best Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Casual Dining, Best Gastro Pub, Best Customer Service, Best Wine Experience, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, Best Kids Size Me and Local Food Hero.
All County winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Monday, May 25.
FULL LIST OF DONEGAL NOMINEES
Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Dalcassian & Wakefield Wines
Harry’s Restaurant, Bridgend
Best Chef – Sponsored by La Rousse Foods
Derek Creagh of Harry’s Restaurant, Bridgend
Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin
The Village Tavern, Mountcharles
Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Total Produce
Browns on the Green, Letterkenny Golf Club
Best Hotel Restaurant
Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey’s Point Hotel, Lough Eske, Donegal town
Best Customer Service- Sponsored by TheTaste.ie
Castle Murray House Hotel & Restaurant, St John’s Point, Dunkineely
Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Classic Drinks & Massottina
Lakeside Restaurant at Harvey’s Point Hotel
Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Elavon
The Hatter Tea Room, Stranorlar
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