Thursday 21 September 2017

Ireland's hotel of the year named at Georgina Campbell Awards

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Composite: Georgina Campbell announcing her annual awards (Dublin in background).
Composite: Georgina Campbell announcing her annual awards (Dublin in background).
Harvey's Point - TripAdvisor's top hotel in Ireland for four years running.
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Harvey's Point has been announced as Ireland's Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Georgina Campbell Awards.

The Donegal four-star - also Ireland's No.1 on TripAdvisor - was cited for its stunning location, luxurious accommodation and waterside fine dining restaurant.

"But the real USPs are its people," Campbell said.

The 2017 awards, held today at Bord Bia in Dublin, also saw Good Things @ Dillon's Corner in Skibbereen, Co. Cork, named Restaurant of the Year.

A special award for services to Irish food and hospitality was given to Peter & Mary Ward of Country Choice in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Full list of award winners:

  • Hotel of the Year: Harvey’s Point, Co. Donegal
  • Restaurant of the Year: Good Things @ Dillon's Corner, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
  • Chef of the Year: Sebastien Masi, Pearl Brasserie, Dublin
  • Outstanding Guest Experience: Ballyvolane House, Fermoy, Co. Cork
  • Host of the Year: Kathleen O’Sullivan, Seaview House Hotel, Ballylickey, Co. Cork
  • Business hotel of the Year: The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin & Belfast
  • Newcomer of the Year: Nook Café and Restaurant, Collooney, Co. Sligo
  • Country House of the Year: Viewmount House, Longford
  • Guesthouse of the Year: Number 31, Dublin
  • B&B of the Year: Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge, Durrus, Co. Cork
  • Farmhouse of the Year: Killiane Castle, Drinagh, Co. Wexford
  • Bord Bia 'Just Ask' Restaurant of the Year: 1826 Adare, Co. Limerick
  • Taste of the Waterways Award: Two Cooks Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sallins, Co. Kildare
  • Seafood Restaurant of the Year: Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant, Cromane, Co. Kerry
  • Wine Award of the Year: ely, Ely Place & IFSC, Dublin
  • Pub of the Year: O’Dowd’s of Roundstone, Roundstone, Co. Galway
  • Family Friendly Destination: Brigit’s Garden, Rosscahill,  Co. Galway
  • Pet-friendly Hotel of the Year: The Salty Dog, Bangor, Co. Down
  • Hideaway of the Year: Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry
  • Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year: The Duck Terrace Restaurant, Marlfield House, Gorey, Co. Wexford
  • Ethnic Restaurant of the Year: Pickle, Dublin 2
  • Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year: 4 Vicars, Armagh, Co. Armagh
  • Cafe of the Year: An Fear Gorta/The Tea & Garden Rooms, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
  • Natural Food Award: Burren Glamping, Burren Free Range Pork Farm, Kilfenora, Co. Clare

Campbell's annual food and hospitality awards, the longest running in Ireland, are independently assessed and notable for their unexpected choices and surprises, providing a September snapshot of the best in Irish hospitality.

In compiling this year's awards, Campbell and her team kept "a sharp eye out for those exceptional establishments which are right on top of their game and going the extra mile for customers," she said in Dublin.

Harvey's Point - TripAdvisor's top hotel in Ireland for four years running.
Harvey's Point - TripAdvisor's top hotel in Ireland for four years running.

"What we seek is not perfection but real food and hospitality with real heart, and we’re finding it in clusters of excellence all over the country."

Campbell also noted Ireland's growing sense of momentum as a food tourism destination, an "explosion" of casual dining and an investment in long overdue refurbishment "following years of stagnation"., in 2016.

However, this year also brought its disappointments. 

"Our least satisfactory experiences have again tended to be in four and five-star hotels," she said. "Higher prices mean higher expectations, of course, but the high level of dissatisfaction is often down to simple things that could easily be fixed at any level, plus a lack of hospitality (which often means lack of a host) and poor staff training."

"One thing is certain, there are many more people - Irish residents and visitors from all over the globe - now wanting to have the full on experience of real Irish food and hospitality. So, however they find it, let’s make sure it’s real."
 
More from Georgina Campbell at ireland-guide.com.

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