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Where is Ireland's foodie capital?

Get ready to weep into your soggy sandwich, because here be pics of Ireland’s best food…

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DINGLE HAS CLAIMED the title of Ireland’s top foodie town at the Irish Restaurant Awards in Dublin last night.

The Kerry town scooped the inaugural award, beating off competition from Cork and Galway cities, Howth, Kinsale, Kilkenny city, Lisdoonvarna, Loop Head, Sligo and Westport & Clew Bay.

The coveted best restaurant in Ireland award was snapped up by Campagne Restaurant in Kilkenny.

It’s the second major success for the Kilkenny eatery in less than a year, after it landed its first Michelin star alongside the Lady Helen, also in Kilkenny, last September.

Award-winning celebrity chef Neven Maguire took home the chef of the year gong for his work at MacNean house in Cavan.

Etto wine bar on Merrion Row in Dublin was awarded best casual dining, with Dax Restaurant claiming the title for best restaurant in the capital.

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Where is Ireland's foodie capital?
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  • Poached & Seared Striploin of Irish beef from Dax

  • Food from Etto Merrion Row

  • Stuffed lobster from the Chop House

  • Pizza bread and red onion and pesto bread from Macnean House

  • Campagne

The best gastro pub in Ireland was also in Dublin, with The Chophouse landing the award.

The full winner list is:

  • Best Hotel Restaurant: The Lady Helen @ Mount Juliet
  • Best Wine Experience: Fallon & Byrne
  • Best Customer Service: Renvyle House Hotel
  • Best Restaurant ManagerL Alan Kerloc’H (Ox Restaurant)
  • Best Kids Meal: ely Gastro Bar
  • Best Café: Kelly’s Cafe
  • Best Cocktail Experience: Saba
  • Best Cookery School: Ballymaloe
  • Best Digital Marketing: Canteen
  • Best Emerging Irish Cuisine: The Global Village
  • Best Newcomer: Forest Avenue
  • Best Energy Management Practice: The Ocean Restaurant at the Maritime Hotel
  • Best Private Dining and Club Restaurant: Restaurant Forty One at the Residence
  • Best Restaurant Design: Kay’s Kitchen, Jervis Shopping Centre
  • Best Seafood Experience: O’Grady’s on the pier
  • Sustainable Restaurant of the Year: West @ The Twelve
  • Best World Cuisine: China Sichaun
  • Best Value Dining: Fenton’s of Dingle

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Jack Horgan-Jones

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