The Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place in The Main Hall, at The Guildhall, Derry on Tuesday night and named the top restaurants in the nine counties for 2016.

Over 500 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Ulster turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.

Here are all the Belfast winners from the County Antrim region…

Best Restaurant

The Muddlers Club

Best Chef

David Gillmore of James Street South

Best Casual Dining

The Ginger Bistro

Best Gastro Pub

Sweet Afton Bar & Kitchen

Best Newcomer

The Muddlers Club

Best Wine Experience

OX Cave

Best Customer Service

The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant Hotel

Best World Cuisine


Best Café

Harlem Café

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine

Holohan’s at the Barge

Best Restaurant Manager

Alain Kerloc’h of OX

All county winners now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Monday May 16.

There are three components to phase two of the process including a mystery guest visit, judging from the National Awards Academy, and food and wine menu scrutiny.

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