Limerick businesses bring home bacon in Irish Restaurant Awards

Wade Murphy, Elaine Murphy, Caroline Fanchin and Gergo Schott of 1826 at the awards ceremony in Dublin.

TWO LIMERICK hospitality businesses have had success at the recent Irish Restaurant Awards.

The awards, known as the Oscars of food, returned this year for a 14th time to celebrate the best the Irish hospitality industry has to offer.

Adare’s 1826 restaurant took home the regional title for Best Customer Service in Munster at the awards ceremony held in the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road in Dublin.

Speaking after their win, Wade and Elaine Murphy, owners of 1826 said the win would encourage them to keep up their award-winning level of customer service.

“We are delighted to receive an award like this from our peers. It is testament to the hard work of the dedicated 1826 team.”

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“After recently celebrating 10 years in business, this award has put a pep in our step as we strive to provide a high level of customer service,” they said.

Fellow Adare business Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel also took home a regional award for Best Sustainable Practices.

The Irish Restaurant Awards see businesses selected through an online public vote. Expert judges then begin the adjudicating process, before the Regional Finals take place. County finalists then go onto the National Awards in Dublin.

Paul Lenehan, President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said: “The aim of the Irish Restaurant Awards is to recognise excellence within the Irish hospitality industry. These awards are a celebration and acknowledgement of the hard work put in by restaurateurs and hospitality businesses and their talented staff year-round.”

“Our awards seek to highlight the overall high standards, passion & innovation present within Ireland’s food scene to ultimately celebrate the best of hospitality throughout the Island of Ireland”.