The finalists of The 5th Food Awards Northern Ireland 2022 are announced

The finalists of The 5th Food Awards Northern Ireland has now been revealed, based on the number of nominations received from the public.

The black-tie event will take place on Monday, April 25, at The Europa Hotel, Belfast, where the best professionals that Northern Ireland has to offer will gather for a memorable evening to celebrate the success of local suppliers, servers and businesses.

The awards seek to recognise the hard work and efforts of those committed to always providing the country with the freshest of products and tastes. They will also showcase the best restaurants, takeaways, pubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and bistros, as well as those who help us  explore new flavours and cuisines from different cultures.

The Food Awards Northern Ireland promise to be the most memorable event in the food industry’s calendar this year, with a wide range of accolades ready to be presented to the most deserving professionals and establishments, in categories such as; Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Cooking School of the Year and many more.

A spokesperson from Creative Oceanic said: “We have had an overwhelming response from the public who voted for those that feel are award worthy. All finalists should be proud of themselves as it is their clients that have put them forward to get the recognition they deserve.

“With fierce competition this year, we are looking forward to welcoming top contenders that operate within the food industry, who connect our communities though food and culture, enhancing the reputation of the country. We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.”

The finalists of The Food Awards Northern Ireland 2022 are:

Best Mexican Establishment

Boojum (Belfast)

La Taqueria (Belfast)

Taco Loco (Enniskillen)

Little Mexican Deli  (Dairyfarm)

Bebe Adrianos Mexicanos (Bangor)

Guapo Fresh Mexican (Londonderry)

Acapulco Restaurant (Belfast)

The Burrito Bar (Belfast)

Burrito Co. (Belfast)

Best Oriental Establishment

Bao & Bento (Newcastle)

The Welcome Restaurant (Belfast)

Mandarin City (Belfast)

Abacus Chinese Restaurant (Belfast)

Steamboat (Belfast)

Best Food House (Belfast)

Wok Oriental (Belfast)

Sapphire Oriental (Belfast)

Sakura Japanese Restaurant (Belfast)

Oriental Inn (Belfast)

 Best Indian Establishment

The Raj Indian Restaurant (Belfast)

Cinnamon (Belfast)

Babu’s Indian Spice  (Gilford)

Indie Spice Grill (Belfast)

Star of India (Portadown)

Shimla Indian Cuisine (Belfast)

India Gate (Belfast)

Archana Restaurant (Belfast)

Bokhara Bangor (Bangor)

Nu Delhi Restaurant Lounge (Belfast)

Best Asian Food Establishment

Yügo (Belfast)

Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro (Newtownards)

3 Levels – Asian Fusion (Belfast)

Go Sun Chinese Restaurant (Ballymena)

Zen (Belfast)

Bo Tree Kitchen (Belfast)

The Khayber (Ballymena)

The Jharna (Belfast)

Bia Rebel Ramen (Belfast)

TPM Fusion (Ballymena)


Best Italian Establishment

Castello Italia (Carrickfergus)

Il Pirata (Belfast)

The Chubby Cherub (Belfast)

Amici (Belfast)

Deane and Decano  (Belfast)

Spaghetti Junction  (Derry)

Pizza Pomodoro (Coleraine)

Coppi Restaurant (Belfast)

Scalini (Belfast)

Fratelli (Belfast)



Best World Cuisine

Café Parisien (Belfast)

The Kitchen (Omagh)

The Coach Inn (Omagh)

L’Etoile Du Nord (Belfast)

Culmore Diner (Omagh)

Molly’s Yard (Belfast)

Buba (Belfast)

Barbonis (Omagh)

Belvedere Cafe Restaurant (Belfast)

The Muddlers Club Restaurant (Belfast)

Best Vegetarian Establishment  

Umi Falafel (Belfast)

387 Ormeau Road (Belfast)

The Happiness Trap (Enniskillen)

Eat Street (Belfast)

Jumon (Belfast)

Crumbs Vegan Bakery  (Lisburn)

Browns Bonds Hill  (Londonderry)

Soi 9 Thai Street Food (Newry)

Home Restaurant (Belfast)

General Merchants (Belfast)

Best Seafood Establishment

Oysters Restaurant (Strabane)

Mourne Seafood Bar (Belfast)

Deanes Love Fish (Belfast)

The Quays (Newtownards)

Curran’s Bar & Seafood Steakhouse (Downpatrick)

Harry’s Restaurant (Cushendall)

Fish City (Belfast)

John Long’s (Belfast)

Morton’s (Ballycastle)

Ballycastle  (Belfast)

Best Mediterranean Establishment

Ocho Tapas Bistro (Portrush)

Chef & Manager  (Newtownards)

Edõ  (Belfast)

Nora’s Palace (Belfast)

Villa Vinci (Newcastle)

Buba (Belfast)

Zio (Craigavon)

Dollakis (Enniskillen)

Falafel eatery & coffee house (Belfast)

Caterer of the Year  

Challas Roast Catering (Belfast)

Posh Nosh (Bangor)

Marty’s Catering Services (Larne)

Jane’s Kitchen (Ballymena)

Prestige Catering  (Newtownabbey)

Spitting Pig Northern Ireland (Hillsborough)

French Village Catering (Belfast)

Dantes Catering Group (Belfast)

The Fatted Calf (Belfast)

Street Dogs (Belfast)

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

Oysters Restaurant (Strabane)

Solo Restaurant (Belfast)

AMPM (Belfast)

Vanilla Restaurant  (Newcastle)

Saphyre Restaurant  (Belfast)

The Fatted Calf (Belfast)

Brunel’s Restaurant (Newcastle)

Saphyre Restaurant (Belfast)

Browns Bonds Hill(Londonderry)

The Barking Dog (Belfast)


Hotel Restaurant of the Year

Ballyrobin Country Lodge (Crumlin)

Adelphi Portrush (Portrush)

The Coach House Brasserie (Limavady)

The Valley Hotel (Fivemiletown)

Ardtara Country House (Maghera)

Marine Hotel  (Ballycastle)

O Neill Arms Country House Hotel (Toomebridge)

Ivanhoe Inn Carryduff (Belfast)

Belmont Hotel (Banbridge)

Portrush Atlantic Hotel (Portrush)

Takeaway of the Year

Fire & Stone (Limavady)

Asha Tandoori Indian Takeaway (Bangor)

Kamal Mahal (Enniskillen)

Bangla (Bangor)

Curry Leaf (Hillsborough)

happyDOG Hot Dogs (Belfast)

Romeo’s Takeaway  (Derry)

Dolphin Traditional Fish & Chips (Dungannon)

Nico’s Pizza Pasta (Belfast)

Babu’s Indian Spice (Craigavon)

Best Fish N’ Chips Establishment

McCanns Traditional Fish and Chips (Castlewellan)

Morton’s (Ballycastle)

Cafe Fish (Belfast)

Captain Jacks (Portaferry)

Ruddy Duck Fish House (Holywood)

Chip Ahoy (Portavogie)

The Galley Take Away & Restaurant (Newry)

Rolos Traditional Fish and Chips (Antrim)

Raffo’s Fish & Chips (Belfast)

Frew’s Fish & Chips (Ballymena)

Gastro Pub of the Year

Brothers Restaurant (Ballyclare)

Anzac Restaurant (Ballycastle)

The Speckled Hen (Lisburn)

The Brewer’s House (Tyrone)

The Poachers Pocket (Newtownards)

Jd Tipler (Portadown)

Quinns Spirit Grocer  (Newcastle)

The Pheasant (Hillsborough)

Grace Neill’s (Donaghadee)

Dunleath Bar (Cookstown)

Best Street Food

Boojum (Belfast)

The Vegan Rocket (Lisburn)

Pizza VanTastica (Belfast)

Street Dogs(Belfast)

Mekong Street Food (Londonderry)

Turkey Street Food (Belfast)

Eat Street (Belfast)

Soi 9 Thai Street Food (Newry)

Tandoori Night (Lisburn)

Pyke ‘N’ Pommes (@57) (Londonderry)

Dessert Outlet of the Year

YoggieBerrie (Belfast)

The BakeHouse (Belfast)

Spoon Street (Belfast)

Oh Donuts & Coffee (Belfast)

AL Gelato   (Belfast)

Morellis (Belfast)

Lazy Claire Patisserie (Belfast)

The Dessert Bar (Ballycastle)

Nugelato (Newcastle)

Rossi’s Ice Cream (Belfast)

Cookery School of the Year 

Forestside Cookery School (Belfast)

Mourne Seafood Cookery School  (Kilkeel)

James Street South Cookery School (Belfast)

The Kitchen Academy (Bangor)

Wee Buns Cookery School (Dungannon)

Bellahill Cookery (Carrickfergus)

Enjoy Healthy Eatin (Belfast)

Kitchen Coach (Belfast)

Belle Isle School of Cookery (Enniskillen)

Kids’ Kitchen Cookery School  (Rathfriland)

Retail Bakery of the Year

Cookie Jar (Newcastle)

Bread and Banjo Bakery (Belfast)

French Village Bakery (Belfast)

Lazy Claire Patisserie (Belfast)

Heatherlea Bakery  (Bangor)

Camphill Holywood  (Holywood)

J-Bird (Belfast)

Jeffers Home Bakery (Lisburn)

A Slice of Heaven Ltd (Newtownards)

Bushes Home Bakery (Crumlin)

Northern Irish Food Produce of the Year

Jack’s Fudge (Belfast)

Abernethy Butter (Dromore)

Kettyle Irish Foods  (Enniskillen)

Blackfire Artisan Food (Belfast)

Kettyle Irish Foods  (Enniskillen)

Tayto Group (Craigavon)

NI Food Tours (Ballymorran)

Davison’s Canners And Puds   (Armagh)

Rooney Fish (Newry)

North Down Group (Belfast)

Supplier of the Year 

Corndale Farm (Limavady)

Henderson Foodservice (Newtownabbey)

Universal Meat Company (Portadown)

Armstrong Meats (Belfast)

Willowbrook Foods (Killinchy)

Get Fresh (Belfast)

Musgrave MarketPlace (Belfast)

Brakes Foodservice (Lisburn)

Hannan Meats Ltd. (Craigavon)

Top Mark Cash & Carry Ltd (Belfast)

Best Buffet Restaurant

China China (Belfast)

Brother’s Chinese Buffet & Takeaway (Crumlin)

Kamal Mahal (Enniskillen)

Beijing Chinese Restaurant (Belfast)

Ni Hao (Belfast)

Bravo Live Cuisine Restaurant (Newry)

Mandarin Buffet (Cookstown)

Moghul Restaurant (Holywood)

Badgers Bar and Restaurant (Londonderry)

The House / Entrada (Londonderry)

Cafe/Bistro of the Year

County Down

Sugarcane Cafe Bistro (Comber)

Saints Café (Ballynahinch)

Blue Bay Café and Bakery (Dundrum)

Camphill Café  (Holywood)

Carrick Cottage Café (Annalong)

Sea Salt Café and Bistro (Newcastle)

French’s Cafe and Bistro (Downpatrick)

Nikis Kitchen Café (Newcastle)

Savoy Café (Newcastle)

Railway St. Cafe & Brew Bar (Newcastle)

County Armagh 

The Bawn Pantry (Hamiltonsbawn)

Mulberry Bistro (Armagh)

Linen House (Craigavon)

Sloan’s Coffee Shop (Loughgall)

Bide a While (Armagh)

Darby’s Bridge Coffee Bar and Bistro (Armagh)

McCrum`s Motorcycles & Coffee Bistro (Craigavon)

Vault Bistro (Craigavon)

Palomo Cafe & Bistro (Craigavon)

Coopers Cafe & Bistro (Craigavon)

County Fermanagh

The Thatch (Belleek)

Westend Coffee Shop (Enniskillen)

Cafe Mauds  (Enniskillen)

The Lemon Tree Coffee House (Belleek)

Café JD (Enniskillen)

The Jolly Sandwich Bar (Enniskillen)

The Happiness Trap (Enniskillen)

Cafe Merlot (Enniskillen)

Rebecca’s Coffee Shop (Enniskillen)

The Kissin Crust (Enniskillen)

County Tyrone

Riverfront Coffee House (Omagh)

Moy Larder (Moy)

The Sandwich Co (Omagh)

Grinders Coffee Shop (Omagh)

Rue Coffee Shop (Omagh)

Sip Coffee Shop at Hood & Co (Omagh)

Brew Moy (Moy)

Culmore Diner (Omagh)

Brown Sugar (Cookstown)

The Courtyard (Cookstown)

County Londonderry / Derry 

The Crannagh (Coleraine)

Lucilles Tea Rooms (Limavady)

Hidden City Café (Londonderry)

Claudes Café (Londonderry)

Fitzroy’s (Londonderry)

Warehouse No 1 (Londonderry)

Antoinette’s Café (Limavady)

The Yellow Bird (Limavady)

Waves Coffee Shop & Bistro (Limavady)

Cafe Piazza (Limavady)

Truva chargrill (Coleraine)

County Antrim

The Bay Café (Ballycastle)

Alfies café (Antrim)

Yewtree cafe bistro (Antrim)

The Lighthouse Bistro  (Whitehead)

Linen & Latte  (Glengormley)

Moe’s Pizza and Coffee House (Ballymena)

Chocoa (Ballymena)

The Copper Kettle (Bushmills)

55 Degrees North (Portrush)

Thyme & Co Café (Ballycastle)


Cafe BT8 (Belfast)

Loaf Catering and Café (Belfast)

Causeway Café (Belfast)

The Ginger Bistro (Belfast)

The Coffee House (Belfast)

Harlem Café (Belfast)

Maggie Mays Belfast Café (Belfast)

Shed Bistro (Belfast)

Treat Street (Belfast)

CT15 Cafe Bistro (Belfast)

Restaurant of the Year

County Down

The Artisan Cookho use (Downpatrick)

Brunel’s Restaurant (Newcastle)

Great Jones (Newcastle)

Buck’s Head Inn (Newcastle)

Percy French Inn (Newcastle)

Katch 27  (Newtownards)

Aldos (Downpatrick)

Lobster Pot (Downpatrick)

Salthouse Restaurant  (Portaferry)

The Dinner Bell Bistro (Donaghadee)

County Armagh

Bellinis Newry (Newry)

Uluru Bar & Grill (Armagh)

Armagh Indian Nights (Armagh)

Digbys Bar & Restaurant (Armagh)

mulberry bistro (Armagh)

Toni’s Bar and Grill (Armagh)

Shapla Indian Restaurant (Armagh)

The Galley (Armagh)

The Castle Tower Restaurant (Armagh)

Embers (Armagh)

County Fermanagh

Watermill Restaurant (Lisnaskea)

Dollakis (Enniskillen)

The Moorings Restaurant (Enniskillen)

Horseshoe & Saddlers (Enniskillen)

Tully Mill Restaurant (Enniskillen)

Franco’s (Enniskillen)

Little Wing Pizzeria (Enniskillen)

9th Avenue Enniskillen (Enniskillen)

Taco Loco (Enniskillen)

County Tyrone

Culmore Diner (Omagh)

Sperrin Restaurant (Omagh)

The Hidden Pearl Restaurant And Winebar (Omagh)

Oysters Restaurant (Strabane)

Red Pepper (Castlederg)

Pizzamac (Omagh)

Riverfront Coffee House (Omagh)

Barbonis  (Omagh)

Grants of Omagh (Omagh)

County Londonderry / Derry

Arbutus at The Crannagh (Coleraine)

BrickWork (Derry)

Walled City Brewery (Londonderry)

La Sosta Restaurant (Londonderry)

The Tides (Portrush)

Browns Bonds Hill  (Londonderry)


Mama Masala (Londonderry)

The Exchange (Londonderry)

Pyke ‘N’ Pommes (Londonderry)

County Antrim 

Redz Piano Bar and Grill (Antrim)

Rubys + The Back Shed (Antrim)

Shunters chip shop and smoke house (Antrim)

Jakes Cocktail Bar And Grill (Antrim)

Top of the Town  (Antrim)

Central Wine Bar (Ballycastle)

Clock House Restaurant  (Ballymena)

Collinview Restaurant (Ballyclare)

Harry’s Restaurant (Cushendall)

The Holestone (Ballyclare)

Best of Belfast

Souls Restaurants


Bobbys Bistro

The Lantern

The Barking Dog

Hope Street Restaurant

Olivers Restaurant

Havana Bank Sq

Kelly’s Cellars

Kitch Restaurant, Belfast

Chef of the Year

Chef and Manager (Newtownards)

Balloo House (Balloo)

Wine and Brine (Craigavon)

Deanes EIPIC (Belfast)

Clenaghans (Craigavon)

Deanes Meat Locker (Belfast)

The Pastry Chef (Larne)

Eddie Rocket’s (Belfast)

Noble (Holywood)

Outstanding Restaurant of the Year 

Howard Street (Belfast)

28 Darling Street (Enniskillen)

Made in Belfast Wellington Street (Belfast)

Furama Cantonese Restaurant (Antrim)

Browns Bonds Hill  (Londonderry)

Bob & Berts (Belfast)

Harry’s Shack (Portstewart)

Fontana Restaurant (Holywood)

The Muddlers Club Restaurant (Belfast)

Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro (Newtownards)

Customers Choice of the Year 

Mourne Seafood Bar (Belfast)

The Ginger Bistro (Belfast)

The Welcome Restaurant (Belfast)

Kamakura Sushi & Ramen Japanese Restaurant (Belfast)

Holohan’s Pantry (Belfast)

Yügo (Belfast)

Olivers Restaurant  (Belfast)

Blu Restaurant (Belfast)

Yum Restaurant (Belfast)

Watermill Restaurant (Belfast)

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