Quay West Ballina Scoops Best Newcomer Award - Visit North Mayo

Quay West were celebrating as they scooped the Best Newcomer Award at The Connaught Regional Final of Irish Restaurant Awards 2023.  The event which took place on Tuesday 28th of March at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Sligo, showcasing the best restaurants from across the Connaught region.

Speaking at the Connaught Regional Awards President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Paul Lenehan, said; “Now in their 14th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards returns with a record-breaking number of public nominations (over 130,000). This sheer number of votes highlights the support & appreciation of the general public for our hospitality sector and all who contribute to it. The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the existing, and up and coming talent, in the sector and are a reminder that hospitality is nothing without their dedicated and passionate staff. The Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, hotels, pubs and restaurants of Ireland. We are delighted to be here in Sligo for the final of the Regional Events for 2023 and look forward to welcoming all winners in Connaught to the All-Ireland Awards on 15th May.”   

The annual awards were attended by over 600 business owners and staff from the region, in a night which saw them celebrate the hard work and achievements from the past year. The winners will now go forward to the compete for Regional and All Ireland Titles at the Irish Restaurant Awards. The finals will take place on Monday 15th May in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin and brings together the best restauranteurs from across the country to compete for the prestigious titles.

Nominated Categories:

  • Local Food Hero
  • Best Sustainable Practices
  • Best Free From
  • Best Emerging Irish Cuisine
  • Best Restaurant Manager
  • Best Wine Experience
  • Best Café
  • Best World Cuisine
  • Best Newcomer
  • Pub of the Year
  • Best Casual Dining
  • Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant
  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Gastropub
  • Best Chef
  • Best Restaurant
  • Innovator of the Year (new for 2023)

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