Saturday 23 June 2018

Ireland's top hotels revealed at Gold Medal Awards

Hotel & Catering Review

Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, Rosslare
Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, Rosslare
Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel - Kelly's Resort Hotel Pictured Isabelle Kelly and Bill Kelly of Kelly's Resort Hotel, winner of Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Ireland's Five Star Hotel (Sponsored By Noel Hospitality) - Ashford Castle Pictured Tracey Scott of Noel Group and Catherine Kenny, Vincent Dsouza, Paula Carroll, Niall Rochford, Shane Brett and Robert Bowe of Ashford Castle, winner of Ireland's Five Star Hotel at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Ireland's Chef of the Year - Jess Murphy at Kai Restaurant Pictured Jess Murphy of Kai Café & Restaurant, winner of Ireland's Chef of the Year at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Ireland's Innovative Supplier - Avvio Pictured Julie Anne O Meara, Fiona Power, Stephen Collins, Niamh Power, Ciara Noonan, Ricky Devireaux and Lisa Callaghan of Avvio, winner of Ireland's Innovative Supplier at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul sherwood
Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Looking to refresh your Little Black Book for the winter months? Ireland's latest list of award-winners should keep you going for some time.

Winners of the 2017 Gold Medal Awards, in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine, were announced at an event in Kilkenny's Lyrath Estate.

The awards saw Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Co. Wexford named Gold Medal Supreme Winner, the highest accolade of the evening.

It was also named 'Ireland’s Family Friendly Hotel'.

Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel - Kelly's Resort Hotel Pictured Isabelle Kelly and Bill Kelly of Kelly's Resort Hotel, winner of Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel - Kelly's Resort Hotel Pictured Isabelle Kelly and Bill Kelly of Kelly's Resort Hotel, winner of Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood

Ashford Castle, which this April won AA Ireland's Hotel of the Year, was voted Ireland’s top Guest Experience and Five-Star Hotel.

The Malton Killarney took the gong for 'Ireland's Four-star Hotel'.

Other awards saw Jess Murphy of Galway's Kai Restaurant win 'Ireland's Chef of the Year', while the People’s Choice Award for 'Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay', sponsored by The Irish Independent, went to Castle Leslie Estate in Co. Monaghan.

Here's the full list of winners:

  • Gold Medal Supreme Winner - Kelly's Resort & Hotel, Co. Wexford
  • Ireland's Five Star Hotel - Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
  • Ireland's Five Star Boutique Hotel  - Ballyfin, Co. Laois
  • Ireland's Four Star Hotel - The Malton Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Ireland's Four Star Resort - The Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Dublin
  • Ireland's Three Star Hotel - Headfort Arms Hotel, Co. Meath
  • Ireland's Country House & Guest House - Marlfield House, Co. Wexford
  • Ireland's Five Star Hotel Spa Experience - Aghadoe Heights, Co. Kerry
  • Ireland's Four Star Hotel Spa Experience - Oceo Spa, Seafield Hotel, Co. Wexford  
  • Ireland's Hotel Breakfast - Blue Haven Hotel, Co. Cork
  • Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel - Kelly's Resort Hotel, Co. Wexford
  • Ireland's City Hotel - The Montenotte Hotel, Co. Cork
  • Ireland's Business Hotel - Absolute Hotel, Limerick
  • Ireland's Wedding Hotel - Garryvoe Hotel, Co. Cork
  • Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay - Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan
  • Ireland's Best Hotel Website - Wyatthotel.com, Co. Mayo

Several awards were given for food and service:

  • Ireland's Chef of the Year - Jess Murphy, Kai Restaurant, Co. Galway
  • Ireland's Executive Chef of the Year - Ken Harker, Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny
  • Ireland's Rising Star Chef of the Year - Niamh Barry, The Bay Tree Bistro, Co. Waterford
  • Ireland's Menu Provenance Award - Limerick Strand Hotel
  • Ireland's Fine Dining Restaurant - Pullman Restaurant, Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Co. Galway
  • Ireland's Casual Dining Experience - The Draft House, Co. Sligo
  • Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Restaurant - The Tavern, Co. Mayo
  • Ireland's Newcomer Restaurant - Wild and Native Seafood Restaurant, Co. Wexford
  • Ireland's Wine Experience - The Twelve Hotel, Co. Galway
  • Ireland's Guest Experience - Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
  • Outstanding Service Award - Aidan Moynihan, Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
  • Ireland's Front of House Team Member - Deirdre Ryan, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Co. Cork

Catering companies and suppliers were also recognised:

Ireland's Five Star Hotel (Sponsored By Noel Hospitality) - Ashford Castle Pictured Tracey Scott of Noel Group and Catherine Kenny, Vincent Dsouza, Paula Carroll, Niall Rochford, Shane Brett and Robert Bowe of Ashford Castle, winner of Ireland's Five Star Hotel at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Ireland's Five Star Hotel (Sponsored By Noel Hospitality) - Ashford Castle Pictured Tracey Scott of Noel Group and Catherine Kenny, Vincent Dsouza, Paula Carroll, Niall Rochford, Shane Brett and Robert Bowe of Ashford Castle, winner of Ireland's Five Star Hotel at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood
  • Ireland's Event Caterer - John Coughlan Catering, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
  • Ireland's Site Contract Caterer - Brook Food Services, Co. Cork
  • Ireland's Healthcare Caterer - National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin
  • Ireland's Innovative Supplier - Avvio, Headquarters, Co. Limerick

Now in their 29th year, the Gold Medal Awards draw entries from hundreds of hotels, restaurants, guesthouses, spas and catering businesses across the country.

Entrants are visited and evaluated by members of a judging panel.

Ireland's Chef of the Year - Jess Murphy at Kai Restaurant Pictured Jess Murphy of Kai Café & Restaurant, winner of Ireland's Chef of the Year at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood
Ireland's Chef of the Year - Jess Murphy at Kai Restaurant Pictured Jess Murphy of Kai Café & Restaurant, winner of Ireland's Chef of the Year at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards. Pic: Paul Sherwood

"The calibre of entries this year was incredible and we are delighted to see such a strong offering in our hospitality industry," said Gold Medal Awards Judge, Sybil Mulcahy.

"It bodes extremely well for the tourism sector and for our economy as a whole.”

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