Emily Carton of the Smugglers Rest in Clogherhead receives her award for Best Restaurant Manager in Louth.
Several eateries in Louth and Meath have won through the county and Leinster stages of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2023 and will now progress to the All-Ireland finals on Monday 15th May in the Clayton Hotel in Dublin.
The food outlets were nominated in 17 different categories by members of the public and, according to the President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Paul Lenehan, there were a record breaking 130,000 plus public nominations.
Speaking at the Leinster Awards on Tuesday night, the President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Paul Lenehan, said: “The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the existing, and up and coming talent, in the sector and are a reminder that hospitality is nothing without their dedicated and passionate staff.
“The Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, hotels, pubs and restaurants of Ireland. We look forward to welcoming all winners in Leinster to the All-Ireland Awards on 15th May.”
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The Louth and Meath winners in the various categories of the Leinster final which was held in the Killashee Hotel in Kildare on Tuesday 14th of March, were:
LOCAL FOOD HERO - Sponsored by The Irish Times
BEST GASTRO PUB - Sponsored by Worldpay from FIS
BEST WORLD CUISINE - Sponsored by San Pellegrino
BEST WINE EXPERIENCE - Sponsored by Bibendum Ireland
BEST SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES - Sponsored by Gas Networks Ireland
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Diageo
BEST EMERGING IRISH CUISINE - Sponsored by FBD Insurance
BEST RESTAURANT MANAGER - Sponsored by Halcyon Group
BEST CAFÉ - Sponsored by Illy
BEST NEWCOMER - Sponsored by Square
PUB OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Peroni
BEST CASUAL DINING - Sponsored by Musgrave Marketplace
BEST HOTEL & GUESTHOUSE RESTAURANT - Sponsored By Frylite
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE - Sponsored Restaurant-Insurance.ie
BEST CHEF - Sponsored by BWG Foodservice
BEST RESTAURANT - Sponsored by San Miguel