Wineport Lodge, Glasson, has been shortlisted in two categories in the Leinster Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards ‘Food Oscars’.
The lakeside hotel and restaurant has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ as well as the ‘Best Customer Service’ category. The Leinster Regional Final of the awards took place in Croke Park stadium, Dublin, on March 2 and named the top restaurants in eleven counties for 2016. More than 500 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Leinster turn out.
Ray Byrne, Wineport Lodge owner said: “Congratulations to the entire team at Wineport whose dedication and skill has put us in the running for two Food Oscars. We’re looking forward to the award finals in May.”
Speaking at the awards, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, said: “The Irish Restaurant Awards celebrate their eighth year this year and have become the island’s biggest food awards. The credibility that these awards have is reflected in the amount of nominations they received this year – over 70,000 individual nominations were cast across 14 categories, showing that these are the awards that everyone wants to win.”
“The Irish restaurant scene is internationally recognised for its high calibre of restaurateurs and chefs. These awards celebrate the people that make the restaurant sector the dynamic and exciting industry it is. They are the people who provide 72,000 jobs to our economy and generate revenue in excess of €2 billion. We’re recognising the talent, hard work, and commitment that everyone here gives to the food industry. Tonight, everyone is a winner.”
All county winners will now compete for the regional and all-Ireland title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Dublin, on Monday, May 16.