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D4 restaurant is voted top of the chops again

A Dublin pub is celebrating after being honoured in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide for a second year running.

The Chop House gastro pub in Ballsbridge was one of 34 premises listed nationwide in the guide, and the only one in the capital.

"It's great excitement. We're delighted," said assistant manager Emmet Maher.

"To get a listing again is absolutely fantastic. We found out yesterday morning. We've had phone calls from our peers in the business to say congratulations."

Emmet said The Chop House opened its doors nearly five years ago, and attributed its success to - among other things - the Irish produce and beers that attract international and local customers and a great deal of repeat business.

"I have to say we have a great team inside," he added.

In the Republic, all of the 27 pubs listed last year retained their Michelin status.

In the North, among the seven pubs listed was one new entry in Co Antrim.


Counties Cork and Down had six listings each, followed by Clare with four and Mayo with three.

Galway, Kerry and Kildare had two listings while Dublin, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford, Antrim and Wicklow had one each.

Deasy's in Clonakilty, Toddies at The Bulman in Kinsale and the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna each received an Inspector's Favourite commendation, awarded to "establishments worthy of additional consideration".

This year's guide recommends 590 pubs in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seventy are new entries, but all are selected first and foremost for the quality of their food.

"The standard of food being served in Irish pubs continues to reach new heights," said guide editor Rebecca Burr.

The guide features photos, an in-depth description and prices for each entry.

The Chop House was also runner-up for Best Small and Medium Enterprise website at the recent 2014 Web Awards.