The River Restaurant at The Strand Hotel in Co. Limerick takes the prize for August.
In receiving the award, the restaurant, which is open to guests of the hotel and general public, is being acknowledged for its commitment to sourcing ingredients locally.
Since taking the helm, executive Chef Tom Flavin has worked hard to make food provenance and seasonality a point of difference throughout the hotel and especially in The River Restaurant. Commenting on the win Tom Flavin said, “Our menu reflects a passion for high quality, locally-grown produce. We partner with local farms and dairies wherever possible to source the finest fresh ingredients. All of our fresh meat and poultry is 100% Irish and traceable. We proudly display this on our menu along with the names of all our other suppliers”.
Fresh beef, lamb, pork and chicken are supplied by Limerick butchers Enda Ahearne and Frankie Glynns. Free range pork is also supplied by Caroline Rigney in Curraghchase, West Limerick. Seafood is supplied by Rene Cusack Fish Mongers in Limerick. Seasonal herbs and vegetables are sourced from Springfield Walled Garden, Broadford, Co. Limerick and Adare Farm Products supply artisan ice-cream.
The team at The River Restaurant have also introduced a new and inspiring homemade pantry range called 'The Secret Ingredient', allowing diners to bring home a taste of Limerick. Products in the range include 'Classic Caesar Dressing', 'Chicken Liver parfait', and homemade jams.
Georgina Campbell said, “There are many hotels around the country where chef and management have worked together to create a point of difference that attracts diners, but this is especially hard to achieve for large hotels in cities where the choice is so wide and for this reason, we take our hats off to Tom Flavin.”
Just Ask! is a Bord Bia campaign which aims to encourage consumers to look for information on where their food comes from when eating out and encourages chef’s to provide the information on their menus. According to recent research from Bord Bia, 81% of Irish diners believe it’s important that restaurants use local produce, with 72% deeming it important that the origin of meat is listed on the menu.
As part of Bord Bia’s Just Ask! programme, restaurants listed on Georgina Campbell’s ireland-guide.com website are invited to submit copies of their menus and sourcing statements. On a monthly basis, a Just Ask! winner is chosen by Georgina Campbell in agreement with Bord Bia. In addition, an overall Just Ask! annual award winner is selected as part of the Georgina Campbell Awards which take place during October.
To get involved in Just Ask! or to find out more, see www.bordbia.ie. With so many great value restaurants right on your doorstep, eating out is still on the menu!
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