Top Restaurants in Tipperary Announced at The Irish Restaurant Awards 2019

The Munster Regional Final for the 2019 Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Strand Hotel, Limerick, last night where awards were presented to the country’s leading chefs, restaurants and pubs.


Over 550 people attended the third of four regional events on Wednesday evening, where the top establishments in each county were named.


The awards covered a wide range of venues and the winners from each of Munster’s six 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 Munster’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”.


All of those who won in Tipperary at county level will 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 13th May, 2019.



Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants


  • Tipperary: Dooks Fine Foods Fethard



Best Chef – Sponsored by Nisbets


  • Tipperary: Dermot Bannon of The Old Convent


Best Newcomer


  • Tipperary: KYOTO


Best Hotel and Guesthouse – Sponsored by AIB Merchant Services


  • Tipperary: The Old Convent


Best Restaurant Manager– Sponsored by BWG Food Service


  • Tipperary: Christine Ganon of The Old Convent


Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Lockton


  • Tipperary: Lava Rock Restaurant



Best Café – Sponsored by Illy


  • Tipperary: Ponaire Coffee Roastery & Bar


Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson Caskmates


  • Tipperary: Jim O’ the Mill


Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys with Bibendum


  • Tipperary: Chez Hans


Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon


  • Tipperary: Mikey Ryan’s Bar & Kitchen


Best World Cuisine


  • Tipperary: Befani’s


Best “Free From” – Sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free


  • Tipperary: Jenny’s Kitchen


Best Kids Size Me


  • Tipperary: Tuscanny Bistro


Best Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times


  • Tipperary: Lucy Lambe of The Green Sheep


Best Local Food Hero, Munster – Sponsored by Rewarding Times:


  • Chad Byrne of Chef Collab


Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios


  • Tipperary: Dooks Fine Foods Fethard


Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat


  • Tipperary: O’Neills Bistro



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