The Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards, in association with The Irish Times, took place in The Titanic Belfast last night and named the top restaurants in the nine counties 2015.

Over 500 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Ulster, turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.

Speaking at the awards last night, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said; “The Irish Restaurant Awards celebrate their seventh year this year and have become the Island’s biggest food awards. The credibility that these awards have is reflected in the amount of nominations they received this year- over 30,000 votes were cast across nine categories, showing that these are the awards that everyone wants to win.

“The Irish restaurant scene is internationally recognised for its high calibre of restaurateurs and chefs. These awards celebrate the people that make the restaurant sector the dynamic and exciting industry it is. They are the people who provide 72,000 jobs to our economy and generate revenue in excess of €2 billion. We’re recognising the talent, hard work and commitment that everyone here gives to the food industry. Tonight, everyone is a winner.”

All County winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Monday 25th May, 2015.

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Dalcassian & Wakefield Wines

 Antrim- OX
 Armagh- The Moody Bar
 Cavan- MacNean House and Restaurant
 Derry- Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge
 Down- The Boat House Restaurant
 Fermanagh- Watermill Lodge Restaurant
 Tyrone- Black Cat Restaurant

Best Chef – Sponsored by La Rousse Foods

 Antrim- Danni Barry of Deanes EIPIC
 Armagh- Sean Farnan of The Moody Boar
 Derry- Eddie Attwell of Ardtara Country House
 Down- Mark Doran of Restaurant 23 at Balmoral Hotel
 Fermanagh- Noel McMeel of The Catalina Restaurant at Lough Erne Resort
 Tyrone- James Devine of Black Cat Restaurant

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin

 Antrim- The Morning Star
 Armagh- Digby’s Bar & Restaurant
 Derry- Mary’s Bar
 Donegal- The Village Tavern
 Down- The Poacher’s Pocket
 Fermanagh- Café Merlot
 Tyrone- The Brewer’s House

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Total Produce

 Antrim- Graze
 Armagh- Uluru
 Cavan- Ashcourt at Crover House Hotel
 Down- Art Bar Funkel
 Fermanagh- Franco’s Restaurant
 Tyrone- Deli On The Green

Best Hotel Restaurant

 Antrim- The Bushmills Inn Restaurant
 Armagh- Newforge House
 Derry- Ardtara Country House
 Down- Restaurant 23 at Balmoral Hotel
 Fermanagh- The Catalina Restaurant at Lough Erne Resort
 Tyrone- The Kitchen Restaurant at Tullylagan Country House Hotel

Best Customer Service- Sponsored by

 Antrim- Upstairs at Joe’s
 Armagh- The Portmor Bar & Restaurant
 Derry- Church Street Restaurant
 Down- Rayanne House Restaurant
 Fermanagh- Dollakis
 Tyrone- The Brewers House

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Classic Drinks & Massottina

 Antrim- OX
 Armagh- Uluru
 Derry- Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge
 Down- The Oak Restaurant at Slieve Donard
 Fermanagh- Café Merlot
 Tyrone- Black Cat Restaurant

Best Kids Size Me in Ulster – Sponsored by Heinz & Kids Size Me

 The Governor Rocks, Ulster

Best Restaurant Manager in Ulster– Supported by Tindal Wine and Emiliana Vineyards

 Saul McConnell of Deanes Deli & Bistro, Ulster

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Elavon

 Antrim – Deanes EIPIC
 Armagh – 4 Vicars
 Derry – Harry’s Shack
 Down – The Poacher’s Pocket

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine in Ulster – Sponsored by Odaios Foods

Ardtara Country House, Ulster