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Northern Ireland's Ox, Graze, Eipic and Deanes at Queen's win top restaurant awards

Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards

By David Young

Published 26/05/2015

Ox restaurant in Belfast
Ox restaurant in Belfast

Northern Ireland restaurants have scooped top prizes at the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards in Dublin.

Belfast restaurants won four, including Best Newcomer award for Michael Deane's Eipic, while Ox received the accolade of Best Wine Experience in Ireland.

The Best Restaurant Manager was named as Saul McConnell, who manages another jewel in the Deane crown, Deanes at Queen's.

And Graze Belfast received the Best Casual Dining award.

Outside of Belfast, awards went to Neven Maguire of MacNean House and Restaurant (Best Chef); The Poacher's Pocket, Lisbane (Best Gastro Pub); Ardtara Country House, Londonderry (Best Hotel Restaurant), and Church Street Restaurant, Derry (Best Customer Service).

Anthony Gray, president of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said: "Ireland has so much to offer.

"These awards remind everyone of the quality and class of Irish restaurants and chefs."

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