Five of Leitrim finest restaurants and the county’s best chef have been awarded at the Connaught Regional Final for the Restaurant Awards 2012.
The awards sponsored by Santa Rita / Sunday Independent Life Magazine took place in The House Hotel, March 20.
The Courthouse, Kinlough won the county’s Best Restaurant, while The Cottage, Jamestown took Best Customer Service as well as winning Best Chef with the restuarant’s proprietor Shamzuro Hanifa.
The Oarsman, Carrick-on-Shannon took Best Gastro Pub, The Boradwalk in The Landmark Hotel was awarded Best Casual Dining and Lough Rynn Hotel’s Sandstone Restaurant took the county’s Best Hotel Restaurant.
Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said, “Since their inception, the Irish Restaurant Awards have cast a spotlight on Ireland’s hottest restaurants and chefs. They have become a byword for quality, class and achievement. They are awards everyone wants to win. As a testament to their success, the entries have doubled since last year, with 5,000 nominations made for Ireland’s favourite Restaurants, Chefs, Gastro Pubs, Hotel Restaurants and Local Food Heroes throughout the Country.
Nominations for the awards were made by readers of the Sunday Independent Life Magazine and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland. All nominees were then assessed by Regional Judging panels, made up of Industry experts across the region. Votes from the Consumer, Members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the Regional Judges are independently assessed by KPMG who give us our County Winner in each category.
All County winners will now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Burlington Hotel Dublin on Wednesday, May 14.