Irish restaurants star in new guide

Irish gastronomy starred in the 2020 Michelin Guide with more restaurants than ever featuring in the coveted culinary companion.

Ireland and Northern Ireland racked up a combined total of six new entries into the must-read guide.

Of the six new additions, Aimsir in County Kildare completed the rare feat of entering the fine-dining bible with two Michelin stars on its debut, just five months after opening.

muddlers club dish

The Greenhouse in Dublin went from one star to two and the much-lauded Muddler’s Club in Belfast secured a star for the first time, along with Variety Jones in Dublin, Bastion in Kinsale, County Cork, and The Oak Room at Adare Manor in County Limerick.

None of the 15 starred Irish restaurants lost their stars, and, in addition to the Michelin stars, a total of 26 restaurants across the country retained or were awarded the coveted Bib Gourmand status in the 2020 Michelin Guide.

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“The bumper crop of eateries welcomed into the Michelin family comes as the autumn’s Taste the Island celebration of food and drink sweeps across the country. In addition to the many opportunities for Michelin fine dining, Taste the Island features more than 500 food and drink-related experiences,” says a Tourism Ireland statement.

“With buzzing food festivals, craft beer and whiskey trails, and everything from wild food foraging and cookery classes to menus across the land offering cuisine that is fresh, creative, full of taste and reflective of local culture and history, there is no better time to plan a foodie short break on the island of Ireland.”

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See all the Michelin-starred restaurants in Ireland at

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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