The awards everyone wants to win. As a testament to their success, the entries have doubled since last year, with 6,000 nominations made for Ireland’s favourite Restaurants, Chefs, Gastro Pubs, Hotel Restaurants and Local Food Heroes throughout the Country.
Celebrating the award winning cuisines and the great restaurateurs and chefs who have brought international recognition and accolades to the Irish restaurant scene. The economic engine rooms in every town in Ireland, creating and maintaining much needed local employment. The industry has annual sales in excess of €2 billion and we employ 64,000 people.
Declaring the night a resounding success for the Industry in the Connaught Region, Adrian Cummins Chief Executive said ‘It was great to see such an overwhelming response to the awards in the Connaught region this year. It was fantastic to see local food producers such as Linalla Ice Cream, Killary Harbour Mussels, The Connemara Smokehouse, Sheridans cheese and foods of Athenry here tonight to showcase their wonderful product to Local Restaurants, we look forward to seeing all of the Connaught County Winners in Dublin on the 25th May where Regional and All Ireland winners will be announced’.

Connaught Regional Irish Restaurant of the Year Award 2011 winner’s are:

Galway BEST CHEF SPONSORED BY TIPPERARY WATER
WINNERS Jess Murphy-Bar 8
BEST CASUAL DINING SPONSORED BY THOMAS BARTON

Connemara Smokehouse

Nicholas Griffin-O’Dowds


Bar 8
BEST RESTAURANT SPONSORED BY SANTA RITA
Asian Tea House
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
Lough Inagh Lodge
BEST GASTRO PUB SPONSORED BY FAUSTINO
O’Dowds
BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT SPONSORED BY PALLAS FOODS
Rosleague Manor

Mayo Regional Irish Restaurant of the Year Award 2011 winner’s are:

MAYO BEST CHEF SPONSORED BY TIPPERARY WATER
WINNERS Phillipe Farineau- Mount Falcon
BEST CASUAL DINING SPONSORED BY THOMAS BARTON

Connemara Smokehouse

Sinéad & José-Sol Rio


Sol Rio
BEST RESTAURANT SPONSORED BY SANTA RITA
Market Kitchen
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
Café Rua
BEST GASTRO PUB SPONSORED BY FAUSTINO
Bar One
BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT SPONSORED BY PALLAS FOODS
The Kitchen Restaurant @ Mount Falcon
BEST WINE EXPERIENCE SPONSORED BY LOUIS LATOUR
Connemara Smokehouse

Christina Gannon-The Old Convent


Ashford Castle, Co.Mayo
And from Renvyle in Connemara Dermot & Christina Gannon of the Old Convent in Munster were awarded:
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE IN TIPPERARY,

BEST RESTAURANT IN TIPPERARY
BEST CHEF IN TIPPERARY goes to the well deserved DERMOT GANNON
The National Irish Restaurant Awards will be held in Dublin on May 25th