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Best places to eat in Carlow and Kilkenny this year have been named

The top restaurants for 2019 in Kilkenny and Carlow have been revealed at the Leinster Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards last night.

16 awards were handed out in each county.

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants
  • Kilkenny- Campagne
  • Carlow- Sha-Roe Bistro
Best Chef – Sponsored by Nisbets
  • Kilkenny- John Kelly of Lady Helen Dining Room at Mount Juliet Estate
  • Carlow- Henry Stone of Sha-Roe Bistro
Best Newcomer 
  • Kilkenny- Butcher Restaurant
  • Carlow- Walter’s Bar & Grill
Best Restaurant Manager – AIB Merchant Services
  • Kilkenny- Riccardo Cavaliere of Ristorante Rinuccini
  • Carlow- Alma Sheehan of Plum Tree Bistro
Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by BWG Food Service
  • Kilkenny- Lady Helen Dining Room at Mount Juliet Estate
  • Carlow- The Cellar Restaurant at the Step House Hotel
Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Lockton
  • Kilkenny- Zuni Restaurant, Bar & Boutique Hotel
  • Carlow- LENNONS @ VISUAL
Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon
  • Kilkenny- Paris Texas Bar And Restaurant
  • Carlow- Teach Dolmain
Best Cafe – Sponsored by Illy
  • Kilkenny- Knockdrinna Farm Shop & Artisan Café
  • Carlow- Birdcage Café
Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson Caskmates
  • Kilkenny- The Dylan Whiskey Bar
  • Carlow- Osbourne’s Bar
Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys
  • Kilkenny- Barrows Keep
  • Carlow- Lord Bagenal Inn
Best World Cuisine 
  • Kilkenny- Indique Indian Restaurant
  • Carlow- New Moon Tandoori
Best “Free From” – Sponsored by Peroni Gluten Free
  • Kilkenny- The Cutting Vedge
  • Carlow- Basil Asian Street Food
Best Kids Size Me 
  • Kilkenny- The Hungry Moose
  • Carlow- Tea Rooms at Duckett’s Grove
Best Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times
  • Kilkenny- Siobhan Lawler of Glasraí & Goodies
  • Carlow- Eva Milka of Gaelic Escargot
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios
  • Kilkenny- Barrows Keep
  • Carlow- Riverbank Restaurant
Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat
  • Kilkenny- Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Carlow- Plum Tree Bistro