Tuesday 19 February 2019

Ireland's best breakfasts revealed at Georgina Campbell Awards

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Aidan Mc Manus of the King Sitric with Georgina Campbell, Peaches Kemp and Paul Flynn. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Aidan Mc Manus of the King Sitric with Georgina Campbell, Peaches Kemp and Paul Flynn. Photo: Paul Sherwood
The Owenmore Restaurant at Ballynahinch Castle
Brown bread at The King Sitric in Howth
Sunday Brunch pancakes at The Merrion
Ballynahinch Breakfast Buffet
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It's the most important meal of the day, and now Georgina Campbell has given the Irish breakfast a whole menu of awards to itself.

The first ever Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards, held in Association with Fáilte Ireland, were announced today at The InterContinental in Dublin.

Georgina Campbell Breakfast Awards 2017

  • Best B&B: Corrib House, Galway
  • Best Guesthouse: Newforge House, Co. Armagh
  • Best Country House: Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork
  • Best 3-star Hotel: Gougane Barra Hotel, Co. Cork
  • Best 4-star Hotel: Ballynahinch Castle, Co. Galway
  • Best 5-star Hotel: The Merrion, Dublin

The new national awards scheme is designed "to highlight the importance of the Irish Breakfast to international visitors and domestic travellers," Campbell says, and aims to support the use of Irish foods and quality produce on breakfast menus.

Brown bread at The King Sitric in Howth
Brown bread at The King Sitric in Howth

Breakfast is the "unsung hero" of the Irish food scene, although the awards were developed partly in response to flagging standards, she adds.

They come at a time of renewed focus on Irish breakfasts, with Kevin Thornton recently launching a 'Tipperary Breakfast', and Independent.ie and Weekend Magazine readers voting Dingle's Castlewood House their fave in our 2017 Reader Travel Awards.

"A quality Irish breakfast is a key part of the visitor experience to Ireland and allows the opportunity to showcase the tastes of the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East and Dublin,” said John Mulcahy, Head of Food Tourism with Fáilte Ireland.

The best brunch in Ireland is served at Rua in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, according to Campbell, with Dublin's Hatch & Sons and Knox in Sligo both highly commended.

Sunday Brunch pancakes at The Merrion
Sunday Brunch pancakes at The Merrion

Overends Restaurant at Dundrum's Airfield Estate won best breakfast at a visitor attraction, with Birr Castle's Courtyard Cafe and NATIVE by Yellow Door at the MAC in Belfast commended for offering "food destinations within their own right". 

Irish bread awards were won by the King Sitric in Howth, Barrons Bakery in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, and Declan Ryan's Arbutus artisan bread, with further awards given to authentic Irish meat, cereal, fish and dairy producers.

Georgina Campbell's awards are fully independent, with no charge to establishments for recommendation or any other element of the awards process.

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