The Leinster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place in The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin on April 16th and named the top restaurants in the eleven counties for 2014, as well as the shortlisted Dublin restaurants.
Over 300 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. The shortlist for the Dublin nominees were also announced and the winners in the Dublin categories will be announced at the All-Ireland finals in June.
Having won the Best Restaurant and Best Chef award for Wexford in 2012 and 2013, Aldridge Lodge and chef/owner Billy Whitty has won both titles a third consecutive time. His partner and restaurant manager Joanne Harding also took home the award for Best Restaurant Manager in Leinster.
In the Dublin nominees, newcomer Forest Avenue is shortlisted for Best Customer Service, Best Chef and Best Restaurant, marking a great first year of business for the restaurant.
A full list of winners can be found online here.
All county winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Double Tree Hotel, Dublin on Monday 9th June, 2014.