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Noble, in Holywood

Noble, in Holywood

Alain Kerl'och is pictured with Gordon Thompson of awards sponsor Nespresso and Nicole Crowe

Alain Kerl'och is pictured with Gordon Thompson of awards sponsor Nespresso and Nicole Crowe

Photographer - Paul Sherwood 
Irelands FOOD&WINE Magazine Nespresso Awards 2017, held at the Clayton Burlington Road Hotel, Dublin. August 2017

Photographer - Paul Sherwood Irelands FOOD&WINE Magazine Nespresso Awards 2017, held at the Clayton Burlington Road Hotel, Dublin. August 2017

Photographer - Paul Sherwood 
Local of the Year - Noble in Holywood, County Down
Image: Saul McConnell, Noble, and Ronan Sullivan, Vernon Catering

Photographer - Paul Sherwood Local of the Year - Noble in Holywood, County Down Image: Saul McConnell, Noble, and Ronan Sullivan, Vernon Catering

Hotel Restaurant of the Year - The Catalina Restaurant, Lough Erne Resort, County Fermanagh
Image: Gordon Thompson, Nespresso, William Kirby, The Catalina Restaurant, and Miriam Atkins, FOOD&WINE Magazine
Photographer - Paul Sherwood

Hotel Restaurant of the Year - The Catalina Restaurant, Lough Erne Resort, County Fermanagh Image: Gordon Thompson, Nespresso, William Kirby, The Catalina Restaurant, and Miriam Atkins, FOOD&WINE Magazine Photographer - Paul Sherwood

Photographer - Paul Sherwood 
Best for Brunch Award - Hadskis, Belfast.
Image: Gordon Thompson, Nespresso, and Helen Murphy, Hadskis

Photographer - Paul Sherwood Best for Brunch Award - Hadskis, Belfast. Image: Gordon Thompson, Nespresso, and Helen Murphy, Hadskis

Photographer - Paul Sherwood 
Irelands FOOD&WINE Magazine Nespresso Awards 2017, held at the Clayton Burlington Road Hotel, Dublin. August 2017

Photographer - Paul Sherwood Irelands FOOD&WINE Magazine Nespresso Awards 2017, held at the Clayton Burlington Road Hotel, Dublin. August 2017

Noble, in Holywood

A Northern Ireland restaurant has cooked up a storm to win a top all-Ireland award.

Noble, in Holywood, won the 'Best Local Award' in the all-new Food and Wine competition announced in Dublin yesterday.

Another Belfast eatery was announced the best on the island - for brunch.

Hadskis made it into the UK foodies' Bible The Waitrose Good Food Guide two years ago, but its particularly take on breakfast and lunch now adds a prestigious all-Ireland award.

Also listed in yesterday's awards was the Catalina Restaurant at the Lough Erne resort in Fermanagh.

A relatively new restaurant in Holywood, Noble was cited as a restaurant which "represents all that is wonderful about a quality and personal restaurant experience at your doorstep".

It was reviewed some weeks ago by UK-renowned food critic Jay Rayner, who wrote: "Saul McConnell... runs front of house at Noble as if it's his living room.

"Everything they're doing here really is noble."

Alain Kerl'och, owner of top Belfast restaurant, The Ox, was named Host Of The Year.

In the Republic, big winners yesterday included Kai in Galway; The Lady Helen Restaurant, Co Kilkenny; Renvyle House, Galway and Klaw in Dublin.

Food and Wine magazine editor Miriam Atkins said: "Ireland is celebrating a food revolution at the moment - in every corner of the country both fine dining and casual restaurants are championing high quality ingredients and offering beautifully thought out and creative menus.

"Also, our wine and drinks offering has really come on in leaps and bounds in recent years.

"We also wanted to shine a light this year on the local food heroes - the pubs, cafes and neighbourhood eateries that mirror the magazine through thoughtful and quality sourcing."

Commenting on the menu presented on the day, Miriam added: "We decided to switch things up this year and ditch the traditional, formal set-up. Instead we encouraged 'family-style' dining with shared platters of seafood, charcuterie and vegetables, each celebrating some of the country's best food producers."

Gordon Thompson from sponsors Nespresso Business Solutions said: "These awards shine a light on the culinary innovators."

Belfast Telegraph