Cream of the crop to head to restaurant awards finals

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John Walsh of the Pigeon House accepts his awards. Photographer Paul Sherwood

SIXTEEN Co Wicklow winners took part in the Leinster regional final of the Irish Restaurant Awards at the Killashee House Hotel recently where the top restaurants in Leinster counties for 2019 were announced. More than 600 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their achievements at the awards.

All of the Wicklow winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards.

The finals will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin on Monday, May 13th.

The team from Pink Salt celebrate their win. Photographer Paul Sherwood

The 16 Wicklow winners are:
Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants Wicklow – Pink Salt Indian Restaurant
Best Chef – Sponsored by Nisbets Wicklow – James Kavanagh of The Strawberry Tree at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village
Best Newcomer Wicklow- Lily’s On Church Street
Best Restaurant Manager – AIB Merchant Services Wicklow- John Walsh of Pigeon House Café
Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by BWG Food Service Wicklow- The Strawberry Tree at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village
Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Lockton Wicklow- The Roundwood Inn
Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon Wicklow- The Roundwood Inn
Best Cafe – Sponsored by Illy Wicklow – Firehouse Bakery
Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson Caskmates Wicklow- Harbour Bar
Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys Wicklow- La Touche Wines 4 U
Best World Cuisine Wicklow- Pink Salt Indian Restaurant
Best “Free From” – Sponsored by Peroni Gluten Free Wicklow- The Happy Pear
Best Kids Size Me Wicklow- Tiffin by Sunil
Best Local Food Hero – Patrick Ryan of Firehouse Bakery & Breadschool
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Cowfish
Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat Wicklow- Pigeon House Café

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