New­comer But­ler & Barry wins Best Gas­tro Pub award

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BUT­LER & Barry in Bray has been named Wick­low’s Best Gas­tro Pub in the Ir­ish Restau­rant Awards 2018.

Voted for by the pub­lic, as well as be­ing ad­ju­di­cated by a panel of culi­nary ex­perts and food writ­ers, the top award from The Restau­rants As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land recog­nises an in­no­va­tive and ex­cit­ing menu, ex­cel­lent food stan­dards and pre­sen­ta­tion, pro­fes­sional ser­vice and a spe­cial din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Es­sen­tially, the Best Gas­tro Pub ti­tle goes to a venue that pro­vides restau­rant qual­ity din­ing but doesn’t com­pro­mise on the tra­di­tional com­fort­able ‘pub’ at­mos­phere, the awards or­gan­is­ers say. Bray’s hos­pi­tal­ity new­comer was ac­tu­ally a dou­ble-win­ner in the Le­in­ster heat of Ire­land’s food Os­cars, with the RAI award for Best Restau­rant Man­ager in Wick­low also went to Donal Byrne from But­ler & Barry.

Owner Shane O’Far­rell, owner of the venue, said that these ac­co­lades com­ing less than a year since But­ler & Barry opened, re­flect a team who are the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sion­als in food and hos­pi­tal­ity, and who al­ways go above and be­yond to look af­ter cus­tomers.

‘I have known Donal Byrne for 15 years and his vast ex­pe­ri­ence in this sec­tor is un­ri­valled,’ said Mr O’Far­rell. ‘We are all thrilled Donal has been recog­nised for his in­cred­i­ble man­age­ment skills and that our food of­fer­ing and ser­vice was judged to be Wick­low’s finest.’

Mr O’Far­rell, who also owns The Wild Goose and The Ard­more, paid trib­ute to head chef Shane Kenny food man­ager Theresa McG­lynn, and man­ager, Eoin Quin­lan.

‘We have a great team and lovely cus­tomers,’ said Mr Byrne. ‘It is a plea­sure to brighten some­one’s day with a good meal or a com­pan­ion­able drink in a wel­com­ing venue. It may not be rocket science, but what we do, we do well, and I’m very proud of the team at But­ler & Barry and their ded­i­ca­tion to our clients and their col­leagues.’

The awards took place in the Knights­brook Ho­tel in Trim last Wed­nes­day, March 7.

Shane O’Far­rell and Donal Byrne.

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