Delgany’s Red-Letter DayMarch 6, 2019
It’s A Kind Of MagicMarch 7, 2019
If there’s one thing we like even more than peanut butter and banana here at GG HQ, it’s a damn good pun.
So, eh, let’s all raise a toast to all the local foodie champs who walked away triumphant from the Irish Restaurant Awards’ Leinster Regionals tonight.
Despite the fact that Joker’s was once again snubbed, the Irish restaurant industry’s answer to the Oscars – glamorous, bloated and really all about bums on expensive seats – was a joy for many Greystones eateries. Held at the Kilashee Hotel in Kildare, our local eateries walked away with seven major awards.
It was two a-piece for both The Pigeon House (Best Casual Dining and Best Restaurant Manager for John Walsh) and Firehouse Bakery (Best Cafe and Best Local Food Hero for Patrick Ryan),whilst The Happy Pear picked up the newly-minted Best Free From award, LaTouche4U bagged Best Wine Experience, and Tiffin By Sunil nabbed Best Kids Size Me.
Whatever the heck that is.
Close to home, and not at all surprisingly, The Harbour Bar picked up Pub Of The Year, whilst just up the road, Pink Salt won Best World Cuisine and the much-coveted Best Restaurant, and Cowfish bagged Best Emerging Irish Cuisine. Nice.
Other Wicklow neighbours who got an extra cherry on their cake included The Roundwood Inn (Best Customer Service and Best Gastro Pub), and The Strawberry Tree (Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant and Best Chef for James Kavanagh), whilst Lily’s On Church Street in Wicklow Town won Best Newcomer.
Congrats to all the above, and commiserations to those who just didn’t quite make it across the line first. You’re all winners in our eyes. With one or two obvious exceptions, of course.