Wine & Brine gains Bib Gourmand in Michelin Guide 2017

Wine & Brine has gained a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2017.

Wine & Brine has gained a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2017.

A Co Armagh restaurant is celebrating after it was awarded coveted Bib Gourmand status in the Michelin Guide 2017 published yesterday, while Belfast restaurants Ox and EIPIC retained their Michelin stars.

Wine & Brine in Moira was awarded the listing for the first time – bringing to six the number of Northern Ireland establishments awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2017 guide.

The Bib Gourmand is awarded to restaurants offering good food at more affordable prices – £28 or less for a three-course meal.

Belfast-based restaurants Deanes at Queens, Bar+Grill at James Street South and Home have all retained their Bib Gourmand awards, as have The Old Schoolhouse Inn in Newtownards and Fontana in Holywood.

Restaurateur Michael Deane had double cause for celebration, as the owner of EIPIC and Deanes at Queens. “It’s a true reflection of the dedication to high standards and the dogged hard work of the team at Deanes,” he said. “It’s also wonderful for our city to boast two Michelin-starred restaurants and there’s no doubt that impacts on our tourism industry.”

Colin Neill, chief executive of Hospitality Ulster, congratulated Ox and EIPIC: “Maintaining such a high standard in such a competitive industry is a difficult thing to do and they must be applauded for their hard work and dedication.

“It is also fantastic to see that six restaurants here have also been awarded the prestigious Bib Gourmand accolade. Such awards send out a strong message to visitors and tourists that our restaurant scene is vibrant and growing stronger which is important in maintaining the 45,000 jobs of those who work in the food and drink service alone here in Northern Ireland.”

The island of Ireland, meanwhile, gained a new Michelin star with Heron & Grey, Blackrock, bringing the number of Michelin-starred restaurants on both sides of the border to 12.

In Dublin, the Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud retained its two Michelin stars, while Chapter One, L’Ecrivain and The Greenhouse held onto one star each.

One star was also retained by Aniar and Loam restaurants in Galway, Campagne and Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel in Kilkenny, and House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Waterford.

Five Bibs were dished out in Dublin – to Delahunt, Etto, Pichet, The Pig’s Ear and Pigeon House.

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