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Co Down restaurant scoops coveted Michelin honour

Pearson Morris (left) and Saul McConnell, award-winning owners of Noble restaurant
Seanín Graham

A CO DOWN restaurant lauded by food critic Jay Rayner for its "stupendous cooking" has received a prestigious Michelin 'Bib' award.

Noble in Holywood, which opened just over a year ago, got the nod on Friday along seven others eateries in the Republic.

The coveted Bib Gourmand is given by Michelin for quality food at good value prices.

Co-owned by 28-year-old chef Pearson Morris and manager Saul McConnell (31), the two men became friends after working across several different restaurants run by Michael Deane in Belfast.

While only seating 30, Noble saw a massive hike in customers following Rayner's stellar review in the summer and is serving 110 customers on a daily basis.

Speaking to the Irish News yesterday, the Holywood-born chef said the Michelin guide accolade was a 'good morale booster'.

"It's good momentum for what we're doing. We're about giving value for money and there are repeat customers who come in a couple of times a week. We try to change the menu as much as we can.

"I think it's good that as the owners we're also working within the restaurant. The customers seem to love it and we love it. I don't think it would be the same if we weren't here.

The full list of newly awarded Bib Gourmand winners in Ireland for 2018:

– Noble, Holywood, Belfast

– Bastible, South Circular Road, Dublin 8

– Forest & Marcy, Leeson Street, Dublin 2

– Craft, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W

– Richmond, Richmond Street, Dublin 2

– TwoCooks, Sallins, Co. Kildare

– Morrisseys, Doonbeg, Co. Clare

– Kai, Galway

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