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Michelin Guide 2018: Northern Ireland restaurants retain coveted stars

By Jonathan Bell

Northern Ireland restaurants Ox and Deane's Eipic have retained their Michelin stars in the 2018 guide.

The new guide was launched at the a gala event in London on Monday. It is considered the foremost authority on the world's greatest dining establishments.

The awards, the judges said, recognised the very best dining experiences in Britain and Ireland.

This year’s Michelin Guide lists a total of 74 establishments in Northern Ireland and 350 in the Republic of Ireland, including many that offer overnight accommodation.

Both Ox, on Oxford Street and Deanes Eipic on Howard street retained their single star each. They first made the coveted list for the 2016 edition. Deanes at Queen's also retained its Bib Gourmand award.

Michael Deane has won 17 stars over the past 21 years. He said: “We are absolutely delighted to hold the star for the third consecutive year and retain our Bib Gourmand. It’s a true reflection of the dedication to high standards and the dogged hard work of the team at Deanes.

Mr Deane thanked chef Danni Barry "for her sterling contribution to Deanes EIPIC over the last four years and for the seamless handover to our recently appointed new head chef at Eipic, Alex Greene".

"I’m confident that Deanes EIPIC with the existing kitchen brigade will continue to deliver the quality experience our customers appreciate. Alex is an exceptionally accomplished chef with an impressive track record.”

Michael Deane also paid tribute to Deanes Executive Chef Chris Fearon for the team’s repeated success at Deanes At Queen's with the award of the Michelin Bib Gourmand signifying what Michelin describe as "exceptionally good food at moderate prices".

New to receiving a star was Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare. It is the first pub in Ireland to receive a star.

Meanwhile, Holywood's Noble was awarded a Bib Gourmand in this year's edition. It indicates the inspectors’ favourite establishments which "offer high-quality products and services and good value for the money". In all seven eateries hold the accolade in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at its launch, Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland editor, Rebecca Burr, said: “Northern Ireland produces some world-class ingredients, such as its lamb, beef, fish and shellfish, and it’s good to see so many of the entries in the guide using those with skill. We’re very proud of our Bib Gourmands, so it’s great to welcome Noble to the fold.”

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