03 Oct 2022

Best Laois restaurants announced at Irish Restaurant Awards Leinster final

Best Laois restaurants announced at Irish Restaurant Awards Leinster final

Best Restaurant in Laois winners Batoni's Emo celebrating at the Leinster final.

There were plenty of awards for Laois at the Leinster final of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2022.

The awards took place on Tuesday, August 16 in the Knightsbrook Hotel, County Meath.

The Best Restaurant in Laois award was won by Batoni's restaurant in Emo. Batoni's also won the Best Wine Experience award for Laois.

The Heritage Hotel Killenard won three awards on the night.

Their chef Tom Comerford won Local Food Hero and Best Chef in Laois, while the restaurant also won Best Emerging Irish Cuisine in Laois.

The management expressed their delight. 

"We are beyond thrilled to have won three awards @irishrestawards this evening. “Local Food Hero - Our Executive Chef Tom Comerford who also won “Best Chef in Laois”. The team are also delighted to have won “Best emerging Irish cuisine”. Thank you for all your nominations."

Pictured below: Executive Chef Tom Comerford, Hotel Manager Liam Corr and Food & Beverage Manager Barry Nandy. 

The Hare's Corner restaurant in Mountmellick also came out trumps at the awards.

The daytime restaurant is located in the MDA centre in Irishtown. 

"Last night at the leinster Irish Restaurant Awards we won "Best Casual Dining". All the "how are ya getting on's" and "what's the craic" has finally paid off, so we are delighted with ourselves this morning and thank you for the nominations and of course the votes," they said.

Ballyfin House won the Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant award.

The Pantry restaurant in Portlaoise won the Best Sustainable Practices Award.

Mayur Indian Restaurant in Portlaoise won the Best Free From award.

Treacy’s Bar and Restaurant, Niall Treacy won the award for the Best Restaurant Manager in Laois.

Best Café in Laois was won by Bowe’s Foodhall & Cafe Durrow.

Best World Cuisine in Laois was won by Akayu Portlaoise.

Best Newcomer in Laois was won by The Wandering Elk.

Pub of the Year was won by Bob's Bar Durrow, with below: Bob Campion receiving his award.

The Best Customer Service in Laois award was won by Treacy’s Bar and Restaurant The Heath.

Best Gastro Pub winner in Laois is The Bog Road Portlaoise.

The All Ireland final takes place on Monday September 19 in the Convention Centre Dublin. The Irish Restaurant Awards are organised by the Restaurants Association of Ireland. This is the 13th year of the Awards.

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