The Munster Regional Final for the 2019 Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Limerick Strand Hotel where awards were presented to our leading chefs, restaurants and pubs. Over 550 people attended the third of four regional events where the top establishments in each county were named.

The winners in Limerick were as follows:

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindall Wine Merchants

1826 Adare

Best Chef – Sponsored by Nisbets

Wade Murphy of 1826 Adare

Best Newcomer

Rift Coffee

Best Hotel and Guesthouse – Sponsored by AIB Merchant Services

The River Restaurant at the Limerick Strand

Best Restaurant Manager – Sponsored by BWG Food Service

John Edward Joyce of The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Lockton

The East Room at Plassey House

Best Café – Sponsored by Illy

Hook & Ladder

Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson Caskmates

Mother Macs

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys with Bibendum

Adare Manor

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon

Collins Bar Dooradoyle

Best World Cuisine


Best “Free From” – Sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free

Copia Green

Best Kids Size Me


Best Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times

Tom Flavin of the Strand Hotel Limerick

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios

The East Room at Plassey House

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat

La Cucina Centro

Speaking at the awards, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their 11th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, pubs and restaurants of Ireland, as well as recognising the teams behind these establishments and the hard work and dedication that they put in. With well over 90,000 nominations received from the public this year, the standard for the judging process was higher than ever.

“Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world though exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer. We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry”.

All of those who won at county level will compete for the Regional and All Ireland Titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin on Monday 13th May, 2019.

Congratulations to all of the winners!