Lord Bagenal Inn in Leighlinbridge
The Leinster Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Killashee House Hotel on Thursday night where the top restaurants in each county for 2019 were announced.
Over 600 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Leinster turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.
Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, 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."
Food outlets were nominated under the categories of Best Customer Service, Best Gastro Pub, Best Casual Dining, Best Hotel Restaurant, Best Chef, Best Restaurant, Best Wine Experience, Best Restaurant Manager, Best Kids Size Me Menu, Local Food Hero, Best Emerging Irish Cuisine and Best Newcomer.
All of the sixteen Carlow winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards. These will be held in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin on Monday, May 13 2019.
Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants
Carlow- Sha-Roe Bistro
Best Chef – Sponsored by Nisbets
Carlow- Henry Stone of Sha-Roe Bistro
Carlow- Walter's Bar & Grill
Best Restaurant Manager – AIB MS
Carlow- Alma Sheehan of Plum Tree Bistro
Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by BWG Food Service
Carlow- The Cellar Restaurant at the Step House Hotel
Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Lockton
Carlow- LENNONS @ VISUAL
Best Gastro Pub - Sponsored by Elavon
Carlow- Teach Dolmain
Best Cafe - Sponsored by Illy
Carlow- Birdcage Café
Pub of the Year - Sponsored by Jameson Caskmates
Carlow- Osbourne’s Bar
Best Wine Experience - Sponsored by Gilbeys
Carlow- Lord Bagenal Inn
Best World Cuisine
Carlow- New Moon Tandoori
Best “Free From” – Sponsored by Peroni Gluten Free
Carlow- Basil Asian Street Food
Best Kids Size Me
Carlow- Tea Rooms at Duckett's Grove
Best Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times
Carlow- Eva Milka of Gaelic Escargot
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios
Carlow- Riverbank Restaurant
Best Casual Dining - Sponsored by Just Eat
Carlow- Plum Tree Bistro