Find out which Kildare pubs are the best in Leinster

Winners in the Pub of the Year eastern region

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


Find out which Kildare pubs are the best in Leinster

Romina Serban, Musgrave Marketplace, Padraic McGann, President, VFI and Rachel Clarke, Musgrave Marketplace on behalf of the Hanged Man’s Pub, Milltown

Kildare took three titles at the 2018 Irish Pub Awards Eastern Regional Finals, which took place in Lock 13, Sallins, yesterday evening. 

All nine winners will now go forward to the final of the National Pub Awards at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin 4 on Wednesday November 21 when the National Category Winners and the overall Irish Pub of the Year will be announced.

The winners in the East Region are:

Outstanding Customer Service sponsored by Heineken: Silken Thomas Pub, Kildare Town

Best Local Pub sponsored by Diageo: The Hideout Gastro Pub, Kilcullen, Co Kildare

Best Food sponsored by Musgrave MarketPlace: The Hanged Man’s Pub, Milltown, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Innovative Pub of the Year sponsored by Bank of Ireland Payment Acceptance:  Kavanagh’s Bar and Venue, Main Street, Main Street, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Best Music Pub sponsored by IMRO: The Central Bar, Trimgate Street, Navan, Co Meath

Best Tourist Pub sponsored by Molson Coors: Micky Finns at the Wicklow Brewery, Redcross, Co Wicklow

Best Outdoor Space sponsored by Bulmers: The Terrace at Dinn Rí, Tullow Street, Carlow Town

Best Newcomer sponsored by Hennessy: The Brass Fox, Wicklow Town

Pub Personality of the Year sponsored by Irish Distillers, Pernod Ricard: Percy Clendennen, Giltraps Pub, Kinnitty, Co Offaly

Best Local Pub:  Mark Power Diaego; Carmel Smith, The Hideout Gastro Pub, Kilcullen and Padraic McGann, VFI President

Outstanding Customer Service Award L to R: Valerie Flynn, Kasia Jasczuk of Silken Thomas, Padraic McGann President, VFI, with Val White and Nicola McGrath, Silken Thomas.

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, President of Vintner’s Federation of Ireland (VFI), Padraic McCann said: “Entries for this year have grown and are well ahead of last year.  Judging took place over the summer months and tonight we are announcing our regional winners here in Ireland East.  The winners will go forward to represent Ireland East in the National Final to be held in November.”

“The awards were developed as part of our strategy to raise the profile of VFI member pubs around the country. The Irish pub is at the heart of every town and village and it is where locals gather to meet friends and neighbours for good food and craic.  It is also where tourists meet locals and enjoy Irish hospitality at its best along with being a major employment provider in our regions.  These awards are an excellent vehicle to showcase what the pub has to offer the modern customer”.

The 63 winners from seven different regions will be represented as best in class in each area. 

Partners to Irish Pub of the Year Awards are: Febvre Wine Company; Media Partners, Independent Newspapers, Trade Media Partner, Drinks Industry Ireland and Management