Kin Khao and Wineport Lodge scoop restaurant awards

Athlone’s Kin Khao Thai restaurant and Glasson’s Wineport Lodge have been named among the county’s top eateries in Ireland’s most prestigious restaurant awards.

The regional winners of the Irish Restaurant Awards were announced last week, and the Westmeath winners named under categories including Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Customer Service.

The popular Kin Khao restaurant took the top honour in the county, being named as Best Restaurant.

Meanwhile Wineport Lodge came out tops in two categories, winning awards for Best Hotel Restaurant and Best Customer Service.

Other Westmeath restaurants to pick up awards were Mullingar’s Ilia Tapas & More for Best Casual Dining and Best Chef, and Weirs Bar & Restaurant, Multyfarnham for Best Gastro Pub.

The Leinster winners of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2010, sponsored by Santa Rita and the Sunday Independent Life Magazine, took place last week in Killiney Castle, Dublin.

Nominations for the awards were made by readers of the Sunday Independent Life Magazine, members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, and by regional judging panels. The awards were attended by 300 industry peers.

All the Westmeath and county winners from across the country 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 June 9. See www.irishrestaurantawards.com for further information.

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