Three Cork restaurants – all first time recipients – are amongst 14 Irish restaurants awarded a coveted Michelin Star in the 2019 Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.
The three Cork recipients are Japanese restaurant Ichigo Ichie in Cork city centre and two west Cork village restaurants – Mews in Baltimore and Chestnut in nearby Ballydehob.
Other restaurants that hold their Michelin Star from previous years are the two-star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and the one-star Chapter One, L’Ecrivain and The Greenhouse in Dublin city as well as Heron & Grey in Blackrock village. Elsewhere, other one-star restaurants are Aniar and Loam of Galway city, Campagne and Lady Helen at Co. Kilkenny's Mount Juliet Hotel, Wild Honey Inn of Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, and House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel of Ardmore, Co. Waterford.
In Northern Ireland, two Belfast restaurants Eipic and Ox have also retained their Michelin Star status.
Bib Gourmand Awards
In the Republic of Ireland, four newcomers have been added to the Bib Gourmand awards list. Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments offering good food at affordable prices of €40 or less for a three-course meal.
The newcomers to the list in the Republic of Ireland are Clanbrassil House of Clanbrassil Street, Dublin, Tartare Café & Wine Bar of Galway city, Brownes of Tuam and Dillon’s of Timoleague, Co. Cork.
Others, all of which retain Bib Gourmand status from earlier years, are 1826 Adare of Limerick, Aldridge Lodge of Duncannon, Bastion of Kinsale, Chart House of Dingle, Copper Hen of Tramore, The Courthouse of Carrickmacross, Giovannelli of Killorglin, Kai of Galway city, Morrissey’s of Doonbeg, Sha-Roe Bistro of Clonegal and TwoCooks of Sallins.
In Dublin city, Bastible, Craft, Delahunt, Etto, Pichet, Pigeon House, Pig’s Ear, Forest & Marcy, and Richmond retain their Bib Gourmand status.
In Northern Ireland, Clenaghans Restaurant, near Aghalee, joins the list of seven Michelin Bib Gourmand establishments in the province.
Retaining their awards from last year are Fontana and Noble, both located in Holywood, Wine & Brine of Moira, Belfast’s Deanes at Queen’s, Bar+Grill at James’ Street South and Home in Wellington Place.
For the wider guidance of readers and visitors to Ireland, this year’s Michelin Guide lists a total of 341 establishments in the Republic of Ireland and 71 in Northern Ireland, including many that offer overnight accommodation.
Speaking at its launch, Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland editor, Rebecca Burr, said, “The inspectors have seen exciting things happening in Ireland this year and much of it in Co. Cork. There’s a lot of ability in Ireland right now. As everyone knows, the produce is stunning and it’s great to see chefs with such passion and personality in their food.”
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