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Louise Creane from Aniar accepting the award for Best Restaurant Connacht on behalf of JP McMahon.Paul Sherwood

Aniar Named Best Restaurant In Connacht

JP McMahon's Michelin-starred restaurant took home the award, which was sponsored by Rémy Martin.


JP McMahon's Michelin-starred restaurant Aniar in Galway was named Best Restaurant in Connacht at the 2019 FOOD AND WINE Awards in association with Rémy Martin.

One of the country's best restaurants, Aniar in Galway's West End is a terroir-based eatery that highlights produce from the west of Ireland. Meaning 'from the west' in Irish, Aniar is focused on the distinct landscape of Ireland's west, its farms, wildlands and shores. 

Owned by JP McMahon and Drigín Gaffey, Aniar is the fine-dining sister restaurant of Cava Bodega and Tartare Café + Wine Bar. The restaurant has held a Michelin star since 2013 for its innovative and ever-changing menus. 

JP is well-known in Ireland's food scene, as a chef, author and the organiser of Ireland's best culinary symposium, Food On The Edge. While JP couldn't make it to the FOOD AND WINE Awards this year, we spoke to him to find out how he felt about Aniar's win. 

Louise Creane from Aniar accepting the award for Best Restaurant Connacht.
Louise Creane from Aniar accepting the award for Best Restaurant Connacht.

"It’s always nice to win," he said. "The competition is becoming more fierce every year, so it’s so nice as a nine-year-old restaurant to still be recognised. I wasn't able to make it to the awards but Louise Creane, the manager from Aniar, went down and she said she had a great day. She was so surprised and shocked to have to go up and accept the award.

Aniar is one of our favourite restaurants, so we were excited to hear what JP has in store for the next year.

"We're planning to keep doing much of the same as we already do and keep refining our menus. We want to keep responding to what's happening around Ireland in different restaurants, there are so many new restaurants, particularly Aimsir, that are really setting the bar for Irish food right now. We want to keep focusing on Irish food and its development. I also just finished a cookbook on Irish food and I want to look more into history, what's imported and everything to do with Irish food."

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