Top Kerry Restaurants Announced At Regional Awards

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Daroka in Ballybunion.

A BALLYBUNION business won Best Restaurant in Kerry, while renowned eateries from all over the county were also honoured (see list below) at an awards ceremony in Limerick last night.

The Munster regional finals in this year’s Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Limerick Strand Hotel where 60 awards were presented to the province’s leading chefs, restaurants and pubs.

Over 600 people attended the event on Tuesday evening where the top establishments in each county were named.

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County winners from each of Munster’s six counties were selected from the following categories: Best Restaurant; Best Chef; Best Gastro Pub; Best Casual Dining; Best Hotel Restaurant; Best Customer Service; Best Wine Experience; Best Newcomer; and Pub of the Year.

All county winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 2, on Monday, May, 8.

The winners in Kerry are…

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits and Cielo Wines

Daroka, Ballybunion

Best Chef – Sponsored by Pallas Foods

James Coffey of Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare 

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Coca Cola

Allo’s Restaurant, Bar Bistro & Townhouse, Listowel  

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by San Pellegrino

Heather Restaurant, Killarney

Best Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Elavon

Yew Tree Restaurant at Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Killarney

Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Nick’s Seafood Restaurant & Piano Bar, Killorglin 

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by CLASSICdrinks

Sol y Sombra, Killorglin

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice

Gregory’s Garden, Castlegregory   

Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Bushmills

Dick Mack’s Bar, Dingle 

Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their ninth year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the exquisite and admirable calibre of food available in our restaurants and pubs nationwide. Online nominations have increased from 9,000 in 2013 to over 80,000 this year and with the increase in interest comes an increase in standards, making the judging process more difficult than ever.”

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