Thirty-four Irish pubs have been praised for their gastronomic delights, securing themselves a place on the coveted 2015 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ guide.

The annual guide has seen 34 establishments in 16 counties receive the nod from the highly acclaimed list, which includes seven pubs in Northern Ireland.

Cork and Derry lead the way, with both counties receiving six listings, with Co Clare second with four pubs making the cut.

Three establishments from Co Mayo also feature on the guide, while Galway, Kerry and Kildare have two eateries making the final list.

Dublin, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford, Antrim and Wicklow also feature with one listing each.

All the pubs have previously featured in the guide and successfully retained their status. The only new entry was Billy Andy’s in Co Antrim.

Joe Hanway, the co-owner of Byrne and Woods in Roundwood, Co Wicklow, said that they were “delighted” to be featured in the Michelin guide.

“The previous time we were aware the inspector had been in, but this time we didn’t know when they were here,” he said.

“We are trying to up our game all the time, we just haven’t slipped back over the last year because we are trying to improve. We were hopeful that we would maintain it, so it is great for myself and all the staff.

“My partner is the head chef and the two of us have been working flat out over the last year, so it is great.

“It’s a tough business, so this is great because we will get a big hit now over the next few weeks.”

The popular diner has been in operation since 2009, and Mr Hanway paid particular tribute to his “great, friendly staff” and said that he was “delighted” for them too.

This sentiment was echoed by Dylan Vaughan, the head chef and owner of Vaughan’s Anchor Inn in Liscanor, Co Clare.

“If you didn’t have them, you would have nothing,” he told the Irish Independent.

His popular establishment is a regular feature on the guide and they have been in operation since 1980. “There is only so much one person can do. It’s nice to get the recognition,” he added.

The Chophouse was the only establishment in the capital to secure a spot on the guide.

The Ballsbridge business was also crowned the ‘Best Gastropub in Ireland’ for 2014.

“It’s great news for everyone involved,” said manager Joe Doohan.

“We have a strong team so it is nice to get the odd accolade. It’s busy all the time here, last year we got good feedback off of it.”

This year’s guide recommended 590 pubs across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and there were just 70 new entries to the list.

“The standard of food being served in Irish pubs continues to reach new heights,” said Rebecca Burr, the Michelin ‘Eating out in Pubs’ Guide editor.

Author: Emma Jane Hade, The Irish Independent. Source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/new-guide-gives-us-34-reasons-to-love-irish-pub-grub-30709253.html

Pictured: Byrne and Woods pub and restaurant, Roundwood, Co Wicklow, Ireland