Dublin restaurant Heron & Grey awarded Michelin star
A small restaurant in a Dublin suburb has clinched a coveted Michelin star.
Heron & Grey, in Blackrock, was revealed as a recipient of the culinary excellence award at a ceremony in London, b ringing the number of Michelin-starred restaurants on both sides of the border in Ireland to 12.
Rebecca Burr, editor of the annual Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland, said this year's winners reflected the rich diversity and variety of Ireland's restaurant scene.
She said: "Every year we actively seek out new candidates whilst reassessing restaurants already in the guide. Consistency is key."
In Dublin, the Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud retained its two Michelin stars, while Chapter One, L'Ecrivain and The Greenhouse held on to one star each.
One star was also retained by Aniar and Loam restaurants in Galway, Campagne and Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel in Kilkenny, and House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel, in Ardmore, Waterford.
In Belfast, two restaurants - Eipic and Ox - retained their Michelin star status.
Also in Northern Ireland, Wine & Brine, in Moira, Co Armagh, was awarded a Bib Gourmand listing for the first time.
The Bib is a separate award for restaurants that offer good food at more affordable prices.
Belfast-based restaurants Deanes at Queens, Bar+Grill at James Street South, and Home have all kept their Bib Gourmand awards, as have The Old Schoolhouse Inn, in Newtownards, and Fontana, in Holywood.
Five Bibs were dished out in Dublin - to Delahunt, Etto, Pichet, The Pig's Ear and Pigeon House.
Also awarded a Bib were 1826, in Adare, Co Limerick, The Courthouse, in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, Cafe Hans, in Cashel, Co Tipperary, Sha-Roe Bistro, in Clonegal, Co Carlow, Chart House, in Dingle, Co Kerry, and Aldridge Lodge, in Duncannon, Co Wexford.
They were joined by The Copper Hen, in Tramore, Co Waterford, Giovannelli, in Killorglin, Co Kerry, Bastion and Fishy Fishy, both in Kinsale, Co Cork, and Wild Honey Inn, in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare.