Donegal food industry recognised with Ulster awards

Winners from Donegal announced at Ulster Regional Awards for the 2019 Irish Restaurant Awards

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter

Donegal food industry recognised with  Ulster awards

Harvey's Point received four regional awards at the Irish Restaurant Awards

Donegal restaurants, pubs, cafés and chefs have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at the Ulster Regional Awards for the 2019 Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan.

Over 500 restaurant owners and staff attended the second of four regional events on Tuesday evening where the top establishments in each county were named.

The awards covered a wide range of venues and the winners from each of Ulster’s nine counties were selected from the following categories: Best Casual Dining, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine, Best Kids Size Me, Best ‘Free From’, Best World Cuisine, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Wine Experience, Pub of the Year, Best Café, Best Customer Service, Best Gastro Pub, Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant, Best Newcomer, Best Chef and Best Restaurant. There was also a special Regional award for Ulster’s Local Food Hero.

Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their 11th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, pubs and restaurants of Ireland, as well as recognising the teams behind these establishments and the hard work and dedication that they put in. With well over 90,000 nominations received from the public this year, the standard for the judging process was higher than ever.

Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high-quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world though exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer. We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry”.

Those who won at county level will progress to the All-Ireland event on May 13, where they will compete for the Regional and All-Ireland titles.

Awards were handed down to a winner from each county in the different categories.

In Donegal, the winners were: Best Restaurant – The Lemon Tree Restaurant, Best Chef – Colin McKee of Harvey’s Point, Best Restaurant Manager – Orhan Erinc of Harvey’s Point,

Best Customer Service – Harvey's Point, Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Rathmullan House, Best Gastro Pub – The House Gastro Pub, Best Café – The Salty Fox,

Pub of the Year –  The Rusty Mackerel, Best Wine Experience – Harvey’s Point, Best Newcomer - Fisk Seafood Bar, Best World Cuisine - Chandpur Restaurant, Best “Free From” – Wholegreen Healthfood, Best Kids Size Me - Mill Park Hotel, Best Local Food Hero – Mairead Anderson of Killybegs Seafood Shack, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Foyle's Hotel and Restaurant,  Best Casual Dining – Foyle's Hotel Restaurant.