There are no new recipients of Michelin Stars in the Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2015 just published today.
The nine Irish restaurants with the coveted award have retained their Michelin Star status from previous years.
These are the Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Thornton’s at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Chapter One and L’Ecrivain, all in Dublin City, plus the Bon Appétit in Malahide.
Beyond the capital, Kilkenny hosts two Michelin Star restaurants - Campagne in Kilkenny City and the Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel, Thomastown. Others are the House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co. Waterford and Aniar Restaurant at Lower Dominic Street in Galway City.
Twelve Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants, including one new Dublin City listing, are also featured in the guide.
Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments that offer good food at affordable prices of €40 or less for a three-course meal.
New to the list of 12 Bib Gourmand recipients featured in the 2015 Michelin Guide is Etto on Merrion Row in Dublin City.
Others, all of which also retain Bib Gourmand status from earlier years, are The Courthouse (Carrickmacross), Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Sha-Roe Bistro (Clonegal), Chart House (Dingle), Downstairs Restaurant (Clontarf, Dublin), Pichet (Trinity Street, Dublin), Pig’s Ear (Nassau Street, Dublin), Aldridge Lodge (Duncannon), Fishy Fishy (Kinsale), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and La Brasserie (Malahide) - part of the Bon Appétit establishment, itself a Michelin starred restaurant.
In the North, there are three new awards amongst 7 Bib Gourmand listings.
Newcomers are Deanes at Queens, Bar + Grill at James Street South in Belfast and Old Schoolhouse Inn in Lisbane, Newtownards. Others that retain their Bib Gourmand status are Home and Coppi restaurants (both in Belfast), Oregano (Ballyclare) and Fontana (Holywood).
Speaking at the launch of the Michelin Guide, editor Rebecca Burr noted that this year’s guide highlights what she terms “the richness and variety of Ireland’s restaurant scene, ranging from country pubs to classic dining rooms”.