On Wednesday, April 10th, the Irish Restaurant Awards 2024 took centre stage, and the hospitality scene in County Cavan emerged as a shining star! The evening was a testament to the tireless dedication and unwavering commitment of the remarkable individuals and establishments within Cavan’s hospitality industry.

The resounding success of Cavan at the Irish Restaurant Awards is a testament to the hard work, passion, and dedication of everyone involved. Behind every award-winning restaurant, bar, and hotel is a team of individuals who pour their hearts and souls into creating memorable experiences for their guests.

Let’s have a look at some of the winners.

Local Food Hero: Barry Crowe, Barry John Sausages

Founder of Barry John Sausages, Barry Crowe has created award-winning sausages which are made using 75% Irish pork meat and as many locally sourced products as possible. Today the team hand-make and hand-pack each of the gourmet sausages.

Innovator of the Year: The Castle Sports & Gastro Bar Belturbet

One of County Cavan’s hidden gems, is the acclaimed Castle Sports & Gastro bar. Known for their delicious meals crafted from locally sourced ingredients, complemented by an impressive array of drinks and cocktails.

Best Sustainable Practices: Hawthorn Lodge B&B, Belturbet

Hawthorne Lodge, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Run by Pauline and Samantha Rodgers.
At Hawthorn Lodge, they’ve taken their commitment to quality to new heights. Now, they cultivate and harvest their own organic, pesticide-free seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. All are freshly picked and added to the breakfast menu.

Best World Cuisine: Chilli Lounge

Recognised for its excellence in world cuisine, the Chilli Lounge stands out for its specialisation in authentic Indian flavours. Setting the benchmark for exceptional taste, it’s no wonder it’s an award winner.

Best Café: Latte Da

Winner of best café, Latte Da is a fantastic place to pick up your coffee fix and grab a healthy lunch.

Best Contemporary Irish Cuisine: The Oak Room

Owner and chef Norbert Neylon and head chef Keith Hutton have created a fantastic atmosphere and delicious modern Irish cuisine at The Oak Room. Their commitment to excellence shines through in every dish, as they prioritise the use of the freshest, locally sourced ingredients in season.

Best Gastropub: Murph’s Gastro Pub

Operated by Chef and Proprietor Fergus Murphy, known for his expertise gained in some of the finest kitchens, Murph’s Gastro Pub at Derragarra Inn offers an affordable menu with locally sourced produce and a selection of wines.

Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant: The Courtroom Restaurant at Cabra Castle Hotel

The elegant Courtroom Restaurant has views of the stunning Cabra Castle grounds. This multi-award-winning restaurant features the best of Irish cuisine and locally sourced and seasonal produce.

Best Restaurant Manager: Lynda Boylan, The Courtroom Restaurant at Cabra Castle Hotel

Lynda Boylan, the manager of The Courtroom Restaurant, Cabra Castle was the well-deserved winner of the Best Restaurant Manager.

Best Restaurant: Macnean House & Restaurant

The award-winning restaurant is managed by Chef / Proprietor Neven Maguire and his wife Amelda. This restaurant has always had a strong reputation for culinary excellence and as a result, there is a waiting list for reservations.


Other winners of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2024 include:

Best Customer Service

Setanta Restaurant at The Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club

Best Wine Experience

The Olde Post Inn

Best Newcomer

Silvie’s Coffee Stop

Best Casual Dining

Shades Bar & Grill

Pub of the Year

Matthews Pub Virginia

Employee Excellence Award 

Molly O’Reilly, Hard Boiled Egg Cafe

Best Chef

Garret Galligan, The Olde Post Inn


We at Created In Cavan would like to congratulate all of the well-deserved nominees and winners. To sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with all the news from Created in Cavan just fill in our email form here.