A local pub has has retained its listing in the 2017 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide which has just been published.
Billy Andy’s at Mounthill is one of seven pubs from Northern Ireland and twenty-five from the Republic of Ireland featured in the publication.
In fact Billy Andy’s is the sole standard bearer for County Antrim in the prestigious listings.
The pub finds itself in high profile company.
Other successful Northern Ireland listings, all from Co. Down are Balloo House (Killinchy), the Pheasant (Annahilt), Poacher’s Pocket (Comber), Pier 36 (Donaghadee), Parson’s Nose and The Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough).
In overall terms, County Down leads the way with six listings followed by Cork with five, Clare with four and Kildare with three. Dublin, Galway and Mayo each received two listings with Antrim, Kerry, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow each having one listing.
Produced by leading tyre manufacturer Michelin - this year’s Guide recommends more than 500 pubs spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland of which 38 are new entries and all of which are selected, first and foremost, for the standard of their food.
Noting that the quality of cooking in some of these pubs rivals that of restaurants, Guide editor Rebecca Burr (who also edits the famed Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland) commented that: “We are increasingly witnessing how pubs can provide a platform for young chefs to start their own businesses, and how inventive these chefs can be, particularly when it comes to the sourcing of their ingredients.”