Northern Irish food specialists and suppliers get shortlisted for national award

Meritorious food specialists, suppliers and manufacturers are to be recognised at the 4th Food Awards Northern Ireland.

After the great success of The Food Awards Scotland, The Food Awards England, The Food Awards Ireland & The Food Awards Wales, Creative Oceanic is excited to announce The 4th Food Awards Northern Ireland.

The elegant event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast, on Tuesday March 26th, when successful suppliers, servers and manufacturers among others will gather together for a memorable night, designed to celebrate the champions of the industry.

The Food Awards Northern Ireland 2019 promise to recognise the professionals who work tirelessly to provide us with unique flavours as well as those who create  great experiences while trying their dishes or visiting their establishments. They will also showcase the true specialists who help us taste authentic dishes from different cuisines.

There is a wide range of accolades this year, waiting to be presented to the most deserving restaurants, takeaways, pubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and bistros,  in categories including Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Cooking School of the Year, Best of Belfast and many more.

A Spokesperson for the Food Awards Northern Ireland 2019 said: “Undoubtedly, there are some great specialists in this country, who know how to satisfy the demands of their clients. These awards will provide a platform to acknowledge everyone in Northern Ireland who promote excellence and innovation within the food industry and represent the gold standard of the sector.

“The competition is really tough this year, but each finalist has their own success story to tell. We can’t wait to welcome our guests and celebrate those who supply us with great gastronomic delights and enhance the reputation of the country. We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.”

The finalists of the 4th Food Awards Northern Ireland are:

Best Mexican Establishment

GUAPO Fresh Mexican (Derry)

Acapulco Restaurant (Belfast)

Boojum (Belfast)

La Taqueria (Belfast)

Taco Loco (Enniskillen)

Little Mexican Deli (Dairyfarm)

Bebe Adrianos Mexicanos (Bangor)


 Best Oriental Establishment

Thai Village (Belfast)

Bae & Bento (Newcastle)

The Welcome Restaurant (Belfast)

Mandarin City (Belfast)

Abacus Chinese Restaurant (Belfast)

The Golden Dragon (Coleraine)

Wah Fu Chinese Restaurant (Belfast)

The Golden Elephant (Belfast)

Steamboat (Belfast)

Sakura Japanese Restaurant (Belfast)


Best Indian Establishment

Lahore Kebab House (Newtownards)

The Raj Indian Restaurant (Belfast)

Archana Restaurant (Belfast)

Babu’s Indian Spice (Gilford)

Eastern Tandoori Indian Restaurant (Newtownards)

Star of India (Portadown)

Diwali (Belfast)

Masala Hut (Belfast)

Mumbai 27 (Belfast)

Bokhara Bangor (Bangor)


Best Asian Food Establishment

Little Thai Cafe and Bistro (Belfast)

Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro (Newtownards)

Sakura Restaurant (Belfast)

Cinnamon Indian Restaurant (Belfast)

Obento (Belfast)

Bo Tree Kitchen (Belfast)

Mayur Indian Restaurant (Carrickfergus)

The Jharna (Belfast)

Bia Rebel Ramen (Belfast)


Best Italian Establishment

Castello Italia (Carrickfergus)

Bella Vita (Belfast)

The Chubby Cherub (Belfast)

Nonnas Wood Fired Pizzas (Derry)

Cano’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant (Tyrone)

Spaghetti Junction (Derry)

Coppi Restaurant (Belfast)

Pizza Pomodoro (Coleraine)

Scalini (Belfast)


Best World Cuisine

Café Parisien (Belfast)

Holohan’s at the Barge (Belfast)

Brooklyn SQ (Belfast)

L’Etoile Du Nord (Belfast)

YankeeStar Grillhouse (Dungannon)

Bronte Steakhouse & Grill (Banbridge)

Buba (Belfast)

Baltic Coast (Lisburn)

Belvedere Cafe Restaurant (Belfast)


Best Vegetarian Establishment

Crumbs Vegan Bakery (Lisburn)

Umi Falafel (Belfast)

387 Ormeau Road (Belfast)

The Happiness Trap (Enniskillen)

Eat Street (Belfast)

Jumon (Belfast)


Best Seafood Establishment

Oysters Restaurant (Strabane)

Mourne Seafood Bar (Belfast)

The Quays (Newtownards)

Chandlers Seafood (Belfast)

Curran’s Bar & Seafood Steakhouse (Downpatrick)

Harry’s Restaurant (Cushendall)

Fish City (Belfast)

John Long’s (Belfast)

Lobster Pot (Strangford)

The Harbour Inn (Newry)


Best Mediterranean Establishment

Dollakis (Enniskillen)

Ocho Tapas Bistro (Portrush)

Chef & Manager (Newtownards)

Edõ  (Belfast)

Nora’s Palace (Belfast)

Villa Vinci (Newcastle)

El Greco (Castlederg)

Buba (Belfast)


Caterer of the Year

Challas Roast Catering (Belfast)

Posh Nosh (Bangor)

Crumbs Catering (Newtownards)

Paul’s Cabin (Craigavon)

The Fatted Calf (Belfast)

Prestige Catering (Newtownabbey)

Mount Charles Catering   (Belfast)

Spitting Pig (Hillsborough)


Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

Oysters Restaurant (Strabane)

Solo Restaurant (Belfast)

AMPM (Belfast)

Vanilla Restaurant (Newcastle)

Fontana Restaurant (Holywood)

The Boat House Dining (Bangor)

The Great Room Restaurant (Belfast)

Saphyre Restaurant (Belfast)

Mitre Restaurant (Holywood)


Hotel Restaurant of the Year

The Ballyrobin Country Lodge (Aldergrove)

Badgers Bar and Restaurant (Londonderry)

The Coach House Brasserie (Limavady)

Dunsilly Hotel (Antrim)

Leighinmohr House Hotel (Ballymena)

Marine Hotel (Ballycastle)

O Neill Arms Country House Hotel (Toomebridge)

Ivanhoe Inn Carryduff (Belfast)

Raffles Restaurant (Belfast)

Portrush Atlantic Hotel (Portrush)


Takeaway of the Year

Fire & Stone (Limavady)

Asha Tandoori Indian Takeaway (Bangor)

Berts Pizza Parlour (Belfast)

China Treasure House (Portafown)

Curry Leaf (Hillsborough)

happyDOG Hot Dogs (Belfast)

Romeo’s Takeaway (Derry)

Hungry Harry’s (Belfast)

Nico’s Pizza Pasta (Belfast)

Little Italy (Belfast)


Best Fish N’ Chip Establishment

McCanns Traditional Fish and Chips (Castlewellan)

Nemo’s Fish, Chips & Pizzeria (Belfast)

The Ruddy Duck Fish House (Holywood)

Captain Jacks (Portaferry)

Doc’s Café and Fish & Chips (Newcastle)

Chip Ahoy (Portavogie)

The Chip Company (Belfast)

Chip Guyz (Belfast)

Raffo’s Fish & Chips (Belfast)

Frew’s Fish & Chips (Ballymena)


Gastro Pub of the Year

Brothers Restaurant (Ballyclare)

Anzac Restaurant (Ballycastle)

The Downshire Arms (Hilltown)

Billy Andys (Larne)

The Head O The Road (Craigavon)

Jd Tipler (Portadown)

Quinns Spirit Grocers (Newcastle)

The StillHouse Moira (Moira)

The Pheasant (Hillsborough)

Dunleath Bar (Cookstown)


Best Street Food

The Krazi Baker (Dromore)

Sizzling Sausage (Portstewart)

Soi 9 Thai Street Food (Newry)

The Vegan Rocket (Lisburn)

Pizza VanTastica (Belfast)

Street Dogs (Belfast)

Wolf & Devour (Belfast)

Pyke N Pommes (Londonderry)


Dessert Outlet of the Year

AL Gelato (Belfast)

The BakeHouse (Belfast)

The Rinkha Ice Cream (Islandmagee)

Mauds Ice Creams (Carrickfergus)

Barnams Café (Belfast)

Morellis (Belfast)

Taylor’s Ice Cream (Lisburn)

Lime Stranmillis (Belfast)

Nugelato (Newcastle)


Cookery School of the Year

Forestside Cookery School (Belfast)

Mourne Seafood Cookery School (Kilkeel)

James Street South Cookery School (Belfast)

Belfast Cookery School (Belfast)

Wee Buns Cookery School (Dungannon)

Aine’s Kitchen Cookery School (Newry)


Retail Bakery of the Year

Ursa Minor (Ballycastle)

Cookie Jar (Newcastle)

Bread and Banjo Bakery (Belfast)

Knotts Bakery (Belfast)

Lazy Claire Patisserie (Belfast)

Dittys (Castledawson)

Camphill Holywood Organic Foods (Holywood)

Knead Bakery (Newtownards)

Skinners Bakery (Holywood)

A Slice of Heaven Ltd (Newtownards)


Northern Irish Food Produce of the Year

Jack’s Fudge (Belfast)

Dittys (Castledawson)

Amberline Preserves (Moy)

Blackfire Artisan Food (Belfast)

Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt (Bangor)

Cloughbane Farm Pies (Cookstown)

Glenballyeamon Eggs (Ballymena)

Davison’s Canners And Puds (Armagh)


Supplier of the Year

Clooney Meats (Londonderry)

Maiden City Butchers (Derry)

Corndale Farm (Limavady)

Still Waters Fishing (Newtownards)

Universal Meat Company (Portadown)

Armstrong Meats (Belfast)

Willowbrook Foods (Killinchy)

Get Fresh (Belfast)

Whittens Naturally Fresh Produce (Belfast)

Express Food Service (Derry)


Best Buffet Restaurant

Cosmo (Belfast)

China China (Belfast)

Bravo Live Cuisine Restaurant (Newry)

Mandarin Buffet (Cookstown)

Moghul Restaurant (Holywood)

Cuisine Buffet (Belfast)

The Ricebowl Fill (Derry)


Café/Bistro of the Year

 County Down

Sugarcane Cafe Bistro (Comber)

Cafe Marmalade (Banbridge)

Blue Bay Café and Bakery (Dundrum)

Camphill Café (Holywood)

Carrick Cottage Café (Annalong)

Olive Bizarre (Newcastle)

Sea Salt Café & Bistro (Newcastle)

Frenchs Cafe & Bistro (Clough)

Haptik (Newtownards)

The Red Berry (Bangor)


County Armagh

The Bawn Pantry (Hamiltonsbawn)

Apple Patch (Portadown)

Chimes Coffee House (Portadown)

Sloan’s Coffee Shop (Loughgall)

Bide a While (Armagh)

Mulberry Bistro    (Armagh)

Tin House (Armagh)


County Fermanagh

The Thatch (Belleek)

Westend Coffee Shop (Enniskillen)

Cafe Mauds (Enniskillen)

The Lemon Tree Coffee House (Belleek)

Café JD (Enniskillen)


County Tyrone

Riverfront Coffee House (Omagh)

Linda’s Larder Main Street (Coalisland)

Moy Larder (Moy)

The Sandwich Co (Omagh)

Jamm Home Bakery & Coffee Shop (Omagh)

Bob & Berts (Omagh)

Sip Coffee Shop at Hood & Co (Omagh)

Brew Moy (Moy)


County Derry/Londonderry

The Collon Cafe & Takeaway (Derry)

Lucilles Tea Rooms (Limavady)

Claudes Café (Londonderry)

Yellow Bird Café (Limavady)

Cafe Zest (Londonderry)

Warehouse No 1 (Londonderry)


County Antrim

The Misty Burn (Ballymena)

Cyblings Café (Ballymoney)

Diamond Bistro (Ballycastle)

The Lighthouse Bistro (Whitehead)

Linen & Latte (Glengormley)

Moe’s Pizza and Coffee House (Ballymena)

Vintage Tea Room At Nanabelles (Antrim)



Cafe BT8

Loaf Catering and Cafe

Goodness Rocks

Jack Straws Board Game Cafe

Harlem Cafe


Maggie Mays Belfast Cafe

Shed Bistro

Treat Street

Muriel’s Cafe Bar


Restaurant of the Year

 County Down

Murphy’s Bar & Restaurant (Downpatrick)

Katch 27 (Newtownards)

Brunels (Newcastle)

The Wheathill (Bangor)

Salthouse Restaurant (Portaferry)

The Dinner Bell Bistro (Donaghadee)


County Armagh

Bellinis Newry (Newry)

The Castle Tower Restaurant (Armagh)

Wee Paddy’s (Lurgan)

Digbys Bar & Restaurant (Armagh)

Toni’s Bar and Grill (Armagh)

Zio Restaurant (Portadown)

County Fermanagh

Watermill Restaurant (Lisnaskea)

Tully Mill Restaurant (Enniskillen)

The Moorings Restaurant (Enniskillen)

Horseshoe & Saddlers (Enniskillen)

Encore Steak House (Enniskillen)

Franco’s (Enniskillen)

Woodhill Hunting Lodge (Enniskillen)


County Tyrone

Dungannon Golf Club Restaurant (Dungannon)

Oysters Restaurant (Strabane)

The Hidden Pearl Restaurant And Winebar (Omagh)

Red Pepper (Castlederg)

Rusks @ Clogher Valley Golf Club (Fivemiletown)

The Tailors House (Dungannon)


County Derry/Londonderry

Arbutus at The Crannagh (Coleraine)

BrickWork (Derry)

The Exchange (Londonderry)

Shenanigans (Portstewart)

The Tides (Portrush)

Timber Quay Restaurant & Wine Bar (Londonderry)


County Antrim

Laragh Lodge Restaurant (Ballymena)

Black Bull (Randalstown)

Brothers Restaurant (Ballyclare)

Greys of Ballyclare (Ballyclare)

Top of the Town (Antrim)

Central Wine Bar (Ballycastle)

Clock House Restaurant (Ballymena)

Collinview Restaurant (Ballyclare)

Harry’s Restaurant (Cushendall)

The Holestone (Ballyclare)

Cafe Riva (Larne)


Best of Belfast

Wolf & Whistle

Souls Restaurants


Bobbys Bistro

Darcy’s Belfast


Hope Street Restaurant

Graffitti Restaurant

Havana Bank Sq


Chef of the Year

Md Zia Uddin at Babu’s Indian Spice (Gilford)

Jean Cheung at Bae & Bento (Newcastle)

Altan Berber at Chef & Manager (Newtownards)

Nigel Greenam at Top of the Town (Antrim)

Danish Alam at Hope Street Restaurant (Belfast)

Ian McIntyre at Jakes Cocktail Bar and Grill (Antrim)

Carol Reid at Kitchen 16 (Ahoghill)

Aaron Mohan at The Lantern (Belfast)

Roisin Giles at Graffitti Restaurant (Belfast)

Daniel Harvey at Havana Bank Sq (Belfast)


Outstanding Restaurant of the Year

Hope Street Restaurant (Belfast)

Jakes Cocktail Bar and Grill (Antrim)

Kitchen 16 (Ahoghill)

The Lantern (Belfast)

Maginns (Castlewellan)

Mary Mcbrides Bar (Ballymena)

Moes Grill (Antrim)

Quinn’s Spirit Store (Newcastle)

Redz Piano Bar and Grill  (Antrim)


Customers Choice of the Year

Romeo’s Takeaway (Londonderry)

Rubys + The Back Shed (Antrim)

Safari Grill (Antrim)

Sperrin Restaurant (Omagh)

Braeside Bar & Restaurant (Cookstown)

The Bull & Claw   (Donaghadee)

The Carrie Restaurant (Ballymena)

The Lighthouse Bistro (Whitehead)

Morning Star (Belfast)

The Muddlers Club Restaurant (Belfast)



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