It doesn’t be long in coming around.
Nominations opened today for the 2018 Irish Restaurant Awards with nominations available through the Irish Times website.
Now in their tenth year, the Irish Restaurant seek to recognise the best of every angle of the restaurant trade in every corner of Ireland (including pubs and cafés). You can nominate someone for Best Restaurant, Chef, Newcomer and everything from Best Gastro Pub to the Local Food Hero award, Best Seafood Experience to the Best Digital Marketing.
One new category this year is Best Free From, going to “the establishment offering mouth-watering ‘free from’ options within their menus – meals free from the main list of allergens and whose presentation highlights the unique qualities of the ingredients”.
The awards are broken into provincial rounds followed by the overall national winners.
Nominations close at midday on 24 January and if you submit a nomination, you’re automatically entered into a draw for a two night stay at Aherne’s Townhouse, Cork or a stay at Viewmount House in Longford – tasty stuff.