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Kildare Cleans Up at the Restaurant Awards

The Irish Restaurant Awards showcase the true talent that Ireland’s hospitality industry has to offer! Growing steadily from its humble beginnings back in 2009, the awards are now a five-month long process consisting of online public nominations, judging panels, mystery guest inspections and regional and national events.

The public chose their favourites across 21 categories including Best Restaurant, Best Casual Dining, Best Chef, Best Seafood Experience, Best World Cuisine and more.

Kildare boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, and everything in between! We had some very worthy winners on the night, and Into Kildare would like to wish them a huge congratulations!

Here are the worthy winners:


Best Local Food Hero – Sponsored by The Irish Times

  • Kildare- David Sexton of Kildare Farm Foods


Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Monin



Best Chef – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice

Jordan Bailey of Aimsir


Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Manor Farm



Best Restaurant Manager – AIB Merchant Services

Majken Bech Christensen of Aimsir


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Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by Frylite

Restaurant 1180 at Kilkea Castle



Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants

TwoCooks Restaurant and Wine Bar


Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Dolmen Insurance Brokers

TwoCooks Restaurant and Wine Bar



Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon

The Ballymore Inn


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Best Café – Sponsored by Illy

The Green Barn


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Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat

Hartes Of Kildare


Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson Ginger & Lime

Hayden’s Bar

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys with Bibendum

Ely Wine Store