Leinster Leader columists, Susan and Judy Boyle of Boyle's Bar, which won Pub of the Year
Fifteen Kildare restaurants scooped awards at last nights Leinster Irish Restaurant Awards in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, where 165 awards were presented to the country’s leading chefs, restaurants and pubs.
Two Cooks in Sallins won two awards – one for Best Emerging Irish Cuisine and the other for Best Restaurant, while Boyles of Kildare Town won Pub of the Year. Leinster Leader beer columinists, Susan and Judy Boyle are renowned all over the country for their expertiese on all things beer related.
Over 550 people attended the Leinster Regional Final where the top establishments in each county were named.
Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their tenth year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the exquisite and admirable calibre of food available in our restaurants and pubs nationwide. Online nominations have increased from 9,000 in 2013 to over 80,000 this year and with the increase in interest comes an increase in standards, making the judging process more difficult than ever.
“Our small island boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the exotic taste explosions of world cuisine to the comfort of traditional dishes. We have an appreciation for what we eat, for the journey of our food from farm to fork, and for the dedication of those working in the food industry to serve up Ireland’s finest food.”
The Kildare Winners Are As Follows:
Best Casual Dining sponsored by San Pellegrino - The Ballymore Inn, Ballymore Eustace
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine sponsored by Odaios Foods - TwoCooks Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sallins
Best Kids Size Me sponsored by Dubliner Cheese - Da Vinci's Italian Restaurant, Leixlip
Best 'Free From' sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free - Beetroot Healthy Food, Maynooth
Best World Cuisine sponsored by Aryzta - Oak Alley Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Maynooth
Best Restaurant Manager - Barbara Snela of Novak's Restaurant, Athy
Best Wine Experience sponsored by Classic Drinks - The K Club, Straffan
Pub of the Year sponsored by Bushmills - Boyle's Bar, Kildare Town
Best Café sponsored by Illy - L'Art du Chocolat, Maynooth
Best Customer Service - Red Torch Ginger, Maynooth
Best Gastro Pub sponsored by Coca Cola & Schweppes - Hartes of Kildare town
Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant sponsored by BWG Foodservice - The Linden Tree at Carton House Hotel, Maynooth
Best Newcomer sponsored by Elavon - LaBrasserie, Maynooth
Best Chef sponsored by Nisbets - James Sheridan at Canteen Restaurant, Celbridge
Best Restaurant sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants - TwoCooks Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sallins