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A taste of success for Orchard County at the Irish Restaurant Awards

Irish restaurant awards

The best in Co Armagh dining was celebrated this week at the Irish Restaurant Awards.

The Ulster Regional Finals were held at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan.

Wine & Brine in Moira came away with the title of Best Restaurant as well as the Best Chef award for Chris McGowan.

It also won the Best Wine Experience award.

The Best Gastro Pub accolade was won by Head O’ The Road, Portadown, while Newforge House, Magheralin won Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant and Best Customer Service.

Digby’s in Killylea won Best Casual dining while The Hole in the Wall, Armagh, took Pub of the Year.

The winner of the Best Newcomer award was the Hungry Goat in Caledon while Shapla Indian Restaurant in Armagh won Best World Cuisine.

McCrums Coffee and Bistro in Portadown won Best Café award. 

Best Restaurant Manager was awarded to Matthew Bird at Sally McNally’s, Portadown, while the pub restaurant also won Best Sustainable Practices.

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine Award was won by Clenaghans Restaurant, Aghalee, the Best Free From award went to Zio Restaurant, Portadown, while Local Food Hero was won by Simon Dougan of the Yellow Door Deli, Portadown.

Among the Co Tyrone winners, Ric Dyer at Symphonia Gin – Woodlab Distillery, Moy, won the Local Food Hero award while Chapter V, also in the Moy, took the Best Restaurant award.

Regional and All Ireland winners will be revealed at the All Ireland Awards gala dinner on Monday, September 19 in the Convention Centre Dublin.

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