Ballyrobin Country Lodge Celebrate as The Hotel Restaurant of The Year Award Winner at The Food Awards Northern Ireland 2017

It was time to celebrate as the Ballyrobin Country Lodge picked up the Hotel Restaurant of the Year Award at the second annual Food Awards Northern Ireland held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast on Monday, July10th in a celebration of the Northern Irish food industry.

The Food Awards Northern Ireland recognise the success of local professionals and establishments. The winners are a true reflection of high standard and customer service as they are chosen by members of the general public.

The black tie event was hosted by broadcaster, Pamela Ballantine who welcomed on stage talented individuals and businesses, acknowledged for constantly delivering high-quality food products and impeccable service to their customers.

Several of the awards were split into local regions to ensure the diverse range of businesses from across Northern Ireland are recognised for their hard work.

These were the second annual Food Awards Northern Ireland and are a true reflection of the talent in Northern Ireland and aim to ensure that the hard work and determination of Northern Irish food professionals doesn’t go unnoticed. In addition, the awards supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the charity raised £1,430.00  which helps grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Elaine Kelly, General Manager of The Ballyrobin Country Lodge was naturally delighted to have received this accolade and commented:

We are honoured and delighted to have won this award in the presence of great competition including The Merchant Hotel in Belfast who won this particular award in 2016.  This success is down to the kitchen team and  Man-Ting Chan, Assistant Manager who together with her team work tirelessly to provide the best dining experience you can come to expect here at The Ballyrobin Country Lodge. 

Recently we hosted Celebrity Chef Jean-Christophe Novelli who came to stay and dine with us as he paid a visit to Balmoral Show 2017. He was full of praise for the team here at Ballyrobin after his own dining experience and was sure we would pick up awards soon – his words have now come to fruition and we look forward to welcoming him again soon .

Congratulations to all the great finalists and winners who represent the Northern Irish food industry and enhance its reputation nationally and internationally.

For more information contact Elaine Kelly, General Manager, The Ballyrobin Country Lodge on 028 9442 2211 or by email to elaine.kelly@ballyrobincountrylodge.com

There’s Only One Place to Go this Saint Patrick’s Day …to be sure, to be sure !

Rabo de Toro- Boneless Oxtail and Potato Stew

Ballyrobin Country Lodge  has created a special meal deal for visitors ready to enjoy the ‘craic’ of Saint Patrick’s day this Friday 17th March 2017.

The offer for £7.95 includes an authentic home-made Irish stew served with wheaten bread and a pint of the Black Stuff.. Guinness.

So if you want to join in the celebrations then Ballyrobin Country Lodge is the place to go this Friday… to be sure, to be sure!

Congratulations to Jim and John on their Nominations in the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

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Here’s hoping for success at The Irish Restaurant Awards Ulster Regional Awards to be held in the Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

Ballyrobin have been nominated in a number of categories and let’s keep our fingers crossed. We have been nominated in the following categories:

  • Best Chef: Jim Mulholland and John Clark
  • Local Food Hero: Jim Mulholland
  • Best Casual Dining
  • Best Hotel Restaurant
  • Best Rerstaurant
  • Best Seafood Experience

Good luck everyone !

Your Chance to Nominate us for The Irish Restaurant Awards

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Nominations for the #FoodOscars are now open to the public via www.irishtimes.com/irishrestaurantawards

The Restaurants Association of Ireland are delighted to announce that the nominations for the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017 are now open. The public are able to choose their favourites across 20 categories including Best Restaurant, Best Casual Dining, Best Chef, Best Seafood Experience, Best World Cuisine and more.

Nominations can be made via www.irishtimes.com/irishrestaurantawards from 12 noon, Wednesday 11th of January until 12 noon, Wednesday 25th of January
The Irish Restaurant Awards showcase the true talent that Ireland’s hospitality industry has to offer by acknowledging outstanding performers in the sector. Growing steadily from its humble beginnings back in 2009, the awards are now a five-month long process consisting of online public nominations, judging panels, mystery guest inspections and regional and national events.

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association commented; “The aim of the Irish Restaurant Awards is to honour the hard working people of the hospitality industry from cocktail makers, sommeliers and waiters to restaurant managers and local food champions. The restaurant industry is the biggest employer within the Irish tourism sector, employing over 74,000 people and these awards are a celebration and acknowledgement of the hard work put in by restaurateurs year round.”

This year, there are 20 categories in which the general public can nominate. These categories are made up of 15 Main award categories, including an exciting new category ‘Pub of the Year’, and five National award categories.

Main categories are as follows:
• Best Restaurant
• Best Chef
• Best Restaurant Manager
• Best Hotel Restaurant
• Best Casual Dining
• Best Gastro Pub
• Best Newcomer
• Best Customer Service
• Best Wine Experience
• Best Emerging Irish Cuisine
• Best World Cuisine
• Best Cafe
• Best Kids Size Me
• Local Food Hero
• Pub of the Year (NEW!)

National Categories
• Best Cocktail Experience
• Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant
• Best Cookery School
• Best Seafood Experience
• Best Digital Marketing

In the first stage of the judging process, online nominations are given a weighting of 30%, while the remaining 70% is made up from a regional judging panel assessment. Both of these results are combined and reviewed by an independent auditor (BDO) to give an overall county winner per category. These winners will be announced at a number of regional events held in March.

Each county winner then goes forward to the Regional and All-Ireland stage whereby they will then each receive a mystery guest inspection. They will be assessed on their menu, customer service, and the overall dining experience from the moment the booking is made until the customer receives the bill. Full details on the judging process can be found on the official Awards website www.irishrestaurantawards.com.

National Categories will not receive a mystery guest inspection. They will be judged by the National Academy with the exception of Best Cocktail Experience which will be judged by the Bartenders Association of Ireland at a live competition.
The All-Ireland final of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017 takes place on Monday 8th of May 2017 in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.