Heights Hotel in running for the Great Carvery title
THE Heights Hotel in Killarney has beaten off stiff competition from pubs around the country to become a finalist in the fourth annual Great Carvery of the Year competition.
The Heights Hotel is through to the next stage of the competition following a five-week long mystery shopping campaign. This venue is now in with a chance of being crowned Great Carvery Hotel of the Year at the Grand Final in Dublin this September. Now a firm fixture on the Irish and Northern Irish culinary calendar, there are 13 counties and 24 venues represented on the shortlist.
Announcing the shortlist Mark McCarthy, of Unilever, who leads the judging panel for the third year running, said: "As we approach the end of the Great Carvery of the Year competition, we once again have the tough decision of whittling down the 24 finalists.
"This year, the public chose some very strong venues and then, our dedicated mystery shoppers chose some fantastic finalists- now it's our job to pick the provincial and overall winners, I know it's not going to be an easy decision!"
"Great Carvery is a really special competition," Mark continued, "and, judging by the incredible response so far this year, it is clear that carvery is something that remains close to the hearts of the nation. I believe that a great carvery meal is about more than just the quality of the food served. It's about atmosphere, value and exceptional customer service and attention."
All finalists are invited to attend the second annual Great Carvery of the Year Grand Final in Dublin this September. Here the provincial winners from Munster, Leinster, Connacht and Ulster will be revealed, along with the overall Great Carvery Public House of the Year and Great Carvery Hotel of the Year. Competition ambassador Tommy Bowe will be on hand to present the awards to all of this year's winners and finalists.
The overall winning venues will receive marketing support to the value of €2,500 each.
The winners will also receive a specially commissioned wall to remind customers that they are about to sit down and enjoy the best carvery in Ireland!
For more, see www.greatcarvery.com.
GREAT CARVERY HOTEL OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST 2013 - MUNSTER
The Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery – Cork
Dan Buckley's Bar at The Castle Hotel in Macroom – Cork
Heights Hotel, Killarney – Kerry