Fare play! Kilkenny fine diner sweeps the boards at Leinster Restuarant Awards
Kilkenny fine diner Barrow’s Keep swept the boards at the Leinster Restaurant Awards last night.
The multi-award winning resturant, which moved to Thomastown late last year, was named Best Newcomer in the province at the gala event in the Knightsbridge Hotel.
Morgan Vanderkamer was named Best Restaurant Manager, while the Barrow’s Keep stellar cellar also came out on top in the Best Wine Experience.
The trio of awards is a fantastic achievement for owners Morgan and Stephen McArdle, who has worked in leading restaurants in Dublin, Belfast and London.
Barrow’s Keep was among 700 restaurants from across Kilkenny and Leinster whose hard work and achievements were recognised at last night’s.
Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins said: “Now in their 12th 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 100,000 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.”