Reader Travel Awards 2018
An amazing breakfast is essential to a great holiday (and indeed, a great day). But which slap-up feast got our readers' vote?
Winner: Brother Hubbard, Dublin
“Brother Hubbard just always wins when you’re weighing up where to go for breakfast/brunch,” you told us.
Granted, this isn’t the place to pitch up for the Full Irish, but readers and judges felt the café and restaurant was a worthy winner of Ireland’s best breakfast, because it takes that breakfast into a new era.
“Breakfast was so last decade,” one of you told us. “Give me brunch any day.”
In an era when our morning meal can be so many things — healthy or indulgent, greasy or green, early or late — Garrett Fitzgerald and James Boland’s Dublin-based business offers both (and lunch and dinner, too).
It’s “Irish with a twist,” as you describe it, and “sooooo veggie-friendly.”
Readers stop by its Capel Street (North) and Harrington Street (South) outlets for “calm, relaxing” atmosphere, for “great coffee” and of course, the hotly-tipped “avo and eggs… the best in Dublin.”
What’s on the menu?
Try the slow-cooked organic porridge or toasted Georgian bread slathered in butter for basic creature comforts.
‘Avo and Eggs’ puts smashed avocado and chickpea on toasted sourdough with poached eggs, harissa yoghurt, dukkah (a nutty spice mix) and other flourishes.
There’s an imaginative Middle Eastern and North African influence, but you can also indulge in ham hock and beans, a bacon and cheese sambo, an array of scones and the much-loved cinnamon and walnut scroll.
Throw in lashings of teas and coffees, fresh juices (and Prosecco, if you’re so inclined), and you have the makings of a 21st-century start to the day.
Details: 01 441-1112; brotherhubbard.ie
1. MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion, Co Cavan
“Scrumptious… the best breakfast I have ever had,” you said. Last year, you voted Neven Maguire’s Blacklion gem Ireland’s tastiest food experience. nevenmaguire.com
2. Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow
“A lovely room to relax in and the food is great… Plenty of options from the full Irish to the more hipster avocado on toast,” you said of the Irish institution, now owned by Aramark. avoca.com
3. Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co Waterford
“The room service breakfast arrived on a silver trolley with a bain-marie insert so the food was piping hot. What decadence to munch in your dressing gown on superb eggs and bacon while watching the waves crashing outside…” Mmm! cliffhousehotel.ie
4 Castlewood House, Dingle, Co Kerry
“Living in America, I have often been tempted to jump on a plane just to come for a day and have breakfast at Castlewood House… still dreaming of the poached pears.” Brian and Helen Heaton’s guesthouse (pictured above) was last year’s winner in this category. castlewooddingle.com
5. Liberty Grill, Cork
“Poached eggs on avo sourdough toast with allllll the sides in Liberty Grill was the best breakfast I’ve ever had… with the option of a glass of Prosecco? Yes please!” Could 2018 see Cork reclaim its foodie crown? libertygrill.ie