The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford, Co Waterford

The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford, Co Waterford

 “Just Ask!” is a public awareness campaign that aims to encourage consumers when eating out to look for information on where the food (particularly meat) on their plate comes from, and encourages chefs to provide this information on their menus. The programme supports both large and smaller artisan suppliers, encouraging both Irish diners and visitors from abroad to support restaurants that are in turn supporting their suppliers. The Bord Bia “Just Ask!” Restaurant of the Year Award is chosen from the year’s winners selected for the Guide’s monthly e-zine.

Although nobody would deny that casual dining is having a moment, fine dining - and especially the more relaxed style of ‘fine dining without the fuss’ - is still very much alive and well, as our awards this year vividly demonstrate - and none more so than our Just Ask Restaurant of the Year winner.

Keith and Carmel Boyle's highly regarded restaurant The Bay Tree Bistro on Waterford's quays is a prime example of the way in which classical techniques can work successfully with contemporary style and its popularity is not surprising - Keith's seasonal cooking has great finesse and it is a tribute to his top quality suppliers, including some lesser known regional and local gems alongside the national names.

Carefully selected wines and craft beers complement the cooking and it's good value too, especially the early menu. There's a pleasing combination of old and new that give this lovely premises a warmly welcoming feeling and conveys a sense of occasion.

A treat in store.

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