Over 30 local hospitality businesses wins big

Mar 23, 2023 13:26 By News Northern Sound
Over 30 local hospitality businesses wins big
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Over 30 local hospitality businesses from across Cavan and Monaghan were honoured at this year's Ulster Irish Restaurant Awards.

The Ulster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards 2023 took place in the Hillgrove Hotel in Monaghan on Tuesday evening last.

Almost 800 restaurant and hospitality business owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards Event, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Ulster turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards. Food outlets were nominated under an array of categories including Local Food Hero, Best Sustainable Practices, Best Free From, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Wine Experience, Best Café, along with many other categories.


Cabra Castle and The Hillgrove Hotel won the Best Sustainable Practices locally of the year at this year's event. White's Bar in Lough Gowna and the Coachhouse & Olde Bar in Glaslough also came out victorious from the awards night with winning the title pub of the year in Cavan and Monaghan.

Speaking at the Ulster Regional Awards President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Paul Lenehan, said; "Now in their 14th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards returns with a record breaking number of public nominations at over 130,000 people having their say. He 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.."

All of the county winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards All Ireland Final on Monday 15th May in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4.




The full list of winners as follows.

Local Food Hero Sponsored by The Irish Times 

Armagh – John & Sarah Murray, Embers

Cavan - Imelda Mullen, The Cottage Market

Fermanagh -  Marty McAdam, The Street Kitchen Enniskillen

Tyrone -  Colin McMenamin, The Red Pepper

Monaghan -  Karl Breen, Wild Thyme Restaurant


Best Sustainable Practices Sponsored by Gas Networks Ireland  

Armagh - Killeavy Castle Estate

Cavan -  Cabra Castle Hotel

Fermanagh -  Manor House Country Hotel

Tyrone -  Corick House Hotel & Spa

Monaghan -  The Hillgrove Hotel


Innovator of the Year Sponsored by Diageo 

Armagh - The Corner House Bar

Cavan -  Blossoms Tea Rooms & Garden Centre

Fermanagh -  The Giddy Box

Tyrone -  The Millstonebar and Restaurant

Monaghan -  The Hive


Free From  

Armagh - The Portmor

Cavan - Chapter One Food & Living

Fermanagh -  Milly's Restaurant

Tyrone -  The Tailor's House

Monaghan -  The Hive


Best Emerging Irish Cuisine Sponsored by FBD Insurance

Armagh - Clenaghans Restaurant

Cavan - People's Restaurant

Fermanagh -  Finn Lough

Tyrone -   The Banks Restaurant

Monaghan -  Wild Thyme Restaurant


Best Restaurant Manager Sponsored by Halcyon Group 

Armagh - James Scott, The Bawn Pantry

Cavan - Ola Kavanagh, The Oak Room Restaurant

Fermanagh -  Mario Breban-McDonald, Tully Mill Restaurant

Tyrone - Ellen McCabrey, Chapter V

Monaghan -   Emma Aughey, The Squealing Pig


Best Wine Experience Sponsored by Bibendum Ireland 

Armagh -  Wine and Brine

Cavan - The Olde Post Inn

Fermanagh -  28 At The Hollow

Tyrone -  The Wine Rack

Monaghan -  Snaffles Restaurant at Castle Leslie Estate


Best Café Sponsored by Illy 

Armagh – Caife Mhacha

Cavan – Tillie's Tea Romms

Fermanagh - The Toastery

Tyrone -  Moy Larder

Monaghan -   Screaming Bean Café


Best World Cuisine Sponsored by San Pellegrino 

Armagh - Shapla

Cavan – Chilli Lounge

Fermanagh - Taco Loco

Tyrone -  Tusk

Monaghan -   Eastern Balti


Best Newcomer Sponsored by Square 

Armagh - Sojourn Coffee

Cavan - Fika 33

Fermanagh -  The Dog and Duck Inn

Tyrone -  The Banks Restaurant

Monaghan -   The Castle Bar & Restaurant


Pub of the Year Sponsored by Peroni  

Armagh - Hole in the Wall

Cavan – White’s Bar

Fermanagh - Devenish Bar

Tyrone - Tomneys Bar

Monaghan - The Coachhouse & Olde Bar


Best Casual Dining Sponsored by Musgrave Marketplace 

Armagh – Sally McNally’s

Cavan – The Oak Room Restaurant

Fermanagh - Dollakis

Tyrone - Salleys Restaurant

Monaghan - The Batch Loaf


Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant Sponsored By Frylite 

Armagh – Newforge House

Cavan - MacNean House and Restaurant

Fermanagh -  Catalina Restaurant at Lough Erne

Tyrone -  The Sika 1888 @ The Cedar Country Hotel

Monaghan -   Snaffles Restaurant at Castle Leslie Estate


Best Customer Service Sponsored Provided by Dolmen 

Armagh - Newforge House

Cavan - MacNean House and Restaurant

Fermanagh - Francos

Tyrone - Oysters Restaurant

Monaghan - Neighbourhood


Best Gastro Pub Sponsored by Worldpay from FIS 

Armagh - Digby's Bar & Restaurant

Cavan – Murph's Gastro Pub

Fermanagh -  Granny Annies

Tyrone -  The Brewer's House

Monaghan -  Andy’s Bar & Restaurant


Best Chef Sponsored by BWG Food Service 

Armagh - Chris McGowan, Wine and Brine

Cavan - Carmel McGirr MacNean House and Restaurant

Fermanagh -  Glen Wheeler, 28 At The Hollow

Tyrone -  Conor McCabrey, Chapter V

Monaghan -   Conor Mee, Courthouse Restaurant


Best Restaurant Sponsored by San Miguel 

Armagh - Wine and Brine

Cavan - MacNean House and Restaurant

Fermanagh -  28 At The Hollow

Tyrone -  Chapter V

Monaghan -  Courthouse Restaurant

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