James Street South scoops all Ireland accolade

Award-winning Belfast restaurant James Street South is celebrating after being crowned the Best Restaurant in Ireland at the 2016 Georgina Campbell Awards this week, just a week after scooping two coveted top ten places in another all-Ireland award.

The Georgina Campbell Awards, Ireland’s longest established industry accolade, seek out the very best in food and hospitality experiences across Ireland. Paying tribute to Niall McKenna and head chef David Gillmore, Georgina Campbell said James Street South was working within Belfast to develop the city as a “food tourism” destination

“Many fans would, and do, travel great distances for the pleasure of a meal at Niall and Joanne McKenna’s famous Belfast restaurant, and a meal here is always sure to be a memorable occasion. This restaurant is in a city with a real buzz, where the food story is developing in exciting ways, and the vision, leadership and solid achievements of this restaurant and its associated endeavours merits the highest recognition.”

The awards comes as two other restaurants in the group, The Bar & Grill and Cathedral Quarter-based Hadski’s, are hailed as two of the ten best restaurants in the province of Ulster by the prestigious FOOD&WINE Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards 2015.

Speaking about the latest clutch of awards, Niall McKenna, who was named a Tourism hero by industry chiefs here, said they provided a fantastic platform not just for James Street South, but for restaurants and tourism venues across Northern Ireland.

“This is recognition of the hard work of David Gillmore and the team at James Street South, and recognition throughout Ireland and bringing tourists from the Republic to Northern Ireland and enjoy the hospitality that we have to offer here.

“To be recognised by such prestigious and well-respected titles as Georgina Campbell’s independent hospitality guides and FOOD&WINE magazine, is an enormous honour and we are rightly proud that we continue to be flag-bearers for the hugely exciting reputation of Belfast as a world class food and hospitality provider.”