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The Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, has hosted a civic reception for Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge to celebrate their prestigious award of being named ‘Best Restaurant in Ulster’ by Restaurants Association of Ireland for the second time.


This award recognises the standard of fine dining which Browns produces at its Bonds Hill restaurant under the guidance of Chef Patron, Ian Orr, and the excellence in service provided by the superb front of house team.  The group first won the title in 2013 during the UK City of Culture year.

Alderman McClintock said: “I would like to congratulate Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge on being named ‘Best Restaurant in Ulster’.  There’s something even more special for the city to have a restaurant here named ‘Best Restaurant in Ulster’ in a year in which we celebrated Northern Ireland Food and Drink.  It’s a great legacy for a locally owned business to take forward into 2017.”

Marcus Roulston, owner of Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge, said: “We strive to serve award winning food every day in our restaurants and for our staff to provide an unforgettable dining experience. Everything in our kitchen is locally sourced and handmade and this accolade for Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge is testament to the effort that the team puts into every dish we plate.  

“It’s an honour for us to be welcomed by Alderman McClintock to the Guildhall and to be congratulated on winning the Restaurants Association of Ireland ‘Best Restaurant in Ulster’ award.

“We are delighted to present a restaurant of this quality for the people of the city and the wider northwest region to enjoy.  I’d like to thank our loyal customers for their continued support over the years.”

The Restaurants Association of Ireland Awards are the most sought after in the country due to the fairness of the judging process.  To be named ‘Best Restaurant in Ulster 2016’ the restaurant was initially nominated and then progressed through the robust judging process which included mystery dining and judging by an industry panel overseen by international accounting firm BDO. 

Browns Restaurant Group stable includes Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge, Browns In Town, Browns on the Green and Barnhill Bar & Grill in Letterkenny, Ardtara Country House Hotel in Mid Ulster and ‘Browns Anywhere’, the newly launched bespoke outside catering business.

To book a table in the Best Restaurant in Ulster, tel Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge on tel +4428 7134 5180.