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Munster Regional Winners for the Irish Restaurant Awards 2012

The Munster Regional Final For The Restaurant Awards 2012 sponsored By Santa Rita / Sunday Independent Life Magazine took Place in The Imperial Hotel, Cork City, on Tuesday 3rd April 2012



The List of Winners in each of the following categories were:

Best Customer Service


  • CLARE TOWN HALL BISTRO
  • WATERFORD ATHENAEUM HOUSE
  • TIPPERARY THE FAIRWAYS BAR
  • LIMERICK THE MUSTARD SEED
  • KERRY JACKS COASTGUARD STATION
  • CORK ISAACS RESTAURANT

Best Gastro Pub Sponsored By Faustino




  • CLARE THE ROADSIDE TAVERN
  • WATERFORD JACK MEADES
  • TIPPERARY LARKINS
  • LIMERICK THE LOCK BAR 
  • KERRY SPILLANES BAR
  • CORK THE WOODFORD



Best Casual Dining Sponsored By Joseph Drouhin


  • CLARE L'ARCO
  • WATERFORD MCLEARY'S
  • TIPPERARY CAFE HANS
  • LIMERICK LA CUCINA
  • KERRY SOL Y SOMBRA
  • CORK NASH 19


Wine Experience - Munster- Sponsored By Thomas Barton



  • HAYFIELD MANOR, CO. CORK

Kids Size Me – Munster - Sponsored By Heinz


  • THE STONE CUTTERS KITCHEN, CO. CLARE

Best Hotel Restaurant



  • CLARE THE LONG ROOM at THE LODGE DOONBEG
  • CORK LOUGUEVILLE HOUSE
  • KERRY CELLAR ONE RESTAURANT at THE ROSS HOTEL
  • LIMERICK THE OAKROOM RESTAURANT at ADARE MANOR
  • TIPPERARY THE OLD CONVENT
  • WATERFORD THE MUNSTER ROOM at WATERFORD CASTLE


Best Chef Sponsored By Tipperary Water




  • CLARE WADE MURPHY  - THE LODGE AT DOONBEG
  • CORK PAT KIELY  - LES GOURMANDISES
  • KERRY NOEL ENRIGHT  - THE CHART HOUSE
  • LIMERICK MARK DONOHUE  - ADARE MANOR
  • TIPPERARY DERMOT GANNON   - THE OLD CONVENT
  • WATERFORD MICHAEL QUINN  - WATERFORD CASTLE


Best Restaurant Sponsored By Santa Rita



  • CLARE THE WILD HONEY INN
  • CORK LES GOURMANDISES
  • KERRY CHAPTER 40 RESTAURANT
  • LIMERICK CORNSTORE RESTAURANT
  • TIPPERARY BROCKA ON THE WATER
  • WATERFORD O'BRIEN CHOP HOUSE




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 14th May 2012 2. www.irishrestaurantawards.com . 

There are 3 components to phase two  of the process. Each element is independently assessed by KPMG.

1. Mystery Guest Visit (35%) This component of the awards is conducted by Prism Consulting headed by Hugo Arnold, independent food writer and consultant. (http://www.hugoarnold.com). All County Winners receive a mystery guest visit throughout the month of April.

2. National Awards Academy (55%) Our National Awards Academy is made up representatives from each of the regional judging panels and will meet in May to Judge the County Winners.

3. Menu Judging (10%) All County winners and the Dublin Shortlist in each category are asked to submit a copy of their food menu and wine list for judging.


For Further Details Contact:
Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive, www.RAI.ie - 086 8263311.

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