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Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards 2021

Ireland’s Restaurant, Chef, Hideaway and Pub of the Year announced in ‘Love letter to Irish food and hospitality’

From Ireland’s best hotels, fine dining and seafood to garden stays and the most pet-friendly destination, winners of Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards 2021

• Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen Restaurant of the Year
• Chef of the Year awarded to Damien Grey of Liath, Dublin
• The Olde Glen, Donegal, announced Pub of the Year
• Alex & Carina Conyngham of Slane Castle receive Ireland’s ‘Movers & Shakers’ Award
• The Twelve, Galway, is Ireland’s Pet Friendly Destination of the Year
• Family Friendly Hotel of the Year is Fitzgerald’s Woodland House & Spa, Limerick
• Newcomer of the Year title goes to Camus Farm Kitchen, Cork
• Five selected for new ‘Happy Place’ Awards

15th September 2021: Representing the four corners of Ireland, the winners of the 2021 Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards were announced today.

Celebrating 23 years in their current incarnation, the Georgina Campbell Awards recognise and honour Ireland’s standard-bearers in food and hospitality in Ireland with particular emphasis, this year, on the industry heroes who have maintained quality and put out the welcome mat with a smile whenever permitted during the pandemic.

Celebrating the bravest and the best
Describing this year’s awards as ‘a kind of love letter to Irish food and hospitality’ Georgina Campbell, one of Ireland’s foremost food and hospitality writers, says that despite everything that we have gone through in the last eighteen months, Ireland’s food, tourism and hospitality is a very exciting and ever-developing story. “I am lost in admiration for all of the brave and dedicated people in the sector who have stretched themselves to the limit to keep their businesses (many of them family owned) going, keep their staff together if at all possible, and provide incredibly creative alternative services to customers ,” said Georgina Campbell.

“Despite the early worries about mass closures, the most surprising thing about the last couple of years is the number of new openings, especially restaurants, cafés and, of course, food trucks – alongside some superb pivoting and diversification, notably the excellent retail operations that many restaurants have developed alongside, or sometimes to replace, the core business. And, although there’s been a lot of complaining about rising prices and falling standards, in the main, standards are holding up better than might be expected. So much so, in fact, that selecting the finalists for these awards was an even more demanding task than usual and it must be emphasised that the few selected for special praise today are just representative of many, many more who are equally deserving of recognition – and we are especially conscious of the challenges that many hotels face, as they may have less options for pivoting than smaller buisinesses On the question of pricing, if quality-led businesses are to be sustainable we must expect to get used to paying fair prices – the alternative is a race to the bottom. And this is a good time to mention that those who have been predicting the end of fine dining in recent years are being proved way off the mark. While there is undoubtedly a swing towards more casual styles, and the pandemic has emphasised that, you have only to look at our Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year – among others in this year’s awards selections – to see that the very finest of fine dining is very much alive and doing extremely well, thank you. And it’s providing a strong foundation for the food tourism which will undoubtedly blossom as the pandemic recedes.”

Sustainability, staycations and the great outdoors
Georgina added, “This year, in tune with the times, we have also been looking particularly at sustainable development – a topic which has been focusing many minds of late and the art of reinvention is in top gear. As Niall Rochford, General Manager of Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle, said a while ago, “If 2020 was the year in which we all learned how to pivot, 2021 will be the year of reimagining.” And – as is reflected in our awards selections – it will be reimagining with the experience of the pandemic as a backdrop, creating meaningful experiences for people whose lives have been brightened by staycations, outdoor activities, gardens, pets, baking, community awareness and mutual support in recent months.”

Sourcing and provenance
Speaking about the awards, Georgina Campbell had praise for the improvements in sourcing policies. “The pandemic and the need to support our local communities has made provenance even more important to consumers and it is good top see more establishments highlighting the origin of produce on their menus, thereby supporting Irish suppliers,” said Georgina.

THE SELECTION PROCESS
Georgina Campbell’s Ireland’s rigorous programme of anonymous assessment visits is a year-round process and winners are nominated solely by an independent assessment team.

Media inquiries: Georgina Campbell, Editor, Georgina Campbell’s Guides
E: info@ireland-guide.com
T: +353 (0)1 839 5972 / 086 2269727

• Full list of winners below.
• Citations – available on request

Georgina Campbell 2021 Irish Food & Hospitality Awards

FULL LIST OF WINNERS 15.09.21

1. GEORGINA CAMPBELL ‘Movers & Shakers’ AWARD 2021
Alex and Carina Conyngham Slane Castle and Rock Farm Slane Co Meath

2. GEORGINA CAMPBELL RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2021
Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen Dublin

3. GEORGINA CAMPBELL CHEF OF THE YEAR 2021
Damien Grey Liath Blackrock Co Dublin

4. GEORGINA CAMPBELL SEAFOOD CHEF OF THE YEAR 202121
Denis Vaughan Vaughans Liscannor and Lahinch Co Clare

5. GEORGINA CAMPBELL PUB OF THE YEAR 2021
The Olde Glen Carrigart Co Donegal

6. GEORGINA CAMPBELL HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2021
5-Star Hotel: Park Hotel Kenmare Co Kerry
4-Star Hotel of the Year: Cliff at Lyons Celbridge Co Kildare
3-Star Hotel of the Year: The Station House Hotel Kilmessan Co Meath

7. GEORGINA CAMPBELL BEST ACTIVITY BREAKS 2021
5-Star Hotel: Ashford Castle Estateate Cong Co Mayo
4-Star Hotel: Mulranny Park Hotel Westport Co Mayo
3-Star Hotel: Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy Co Donegal

8. GEORGINA CAMPBELL COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021
Enniscoe House Ballina Co Mayo

9. GEORGINA CAMPBELL GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021
Castlewood House Dingle Co Kerry

10. GEORGINA CAMPBELL B&B OF THE YEAR 2021
Hazelwood Lodge Ballyvaughan Co Clare

11. GEORGINA CAMPBELL BEST GARDENS & GARDEN STAYS 2
VISITOR ATTRACTION: Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden Connemara Co Galway
COUNTRY HOUSE & HERITAGE GARDENS: Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens Great Island Campile Co Wexford
HISTORIC GARDEN STAY & DINE: Burtown House & Garden Athy Co Kildare
BOUTIQUE HOTEL & GARDENS: Marlfield House Gorey Co Wexford

12. GEORGINA CAMPBELL OUTDOOR DINING AWARD 2021
HISTORIC HOUSE: Butler House & Garden Kilkenny Co Kilkenny
GUESTHOUSE: Gleesons Roscommon Co Roscommon
RESTAURANT: Old Street Restaurant Malahide Co Dublin

13. GEORGINA CAMPBELL ‘HAPPY PLACE’ AWARD
HOTEL: Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort Ballymena Co Antrim
RESTAURANT: An Port Mór Westport Co Mayo
CAFÉ: Good Day Deli Cork
PUB: Blairs Inn Cloghroe Co Cork
RADIO: Neven Maguire MacNean House & Restaurant Blacklion Co Cavan

14. GEORGINA CAMPBELL BUSINESS HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2021
InterContinental Dublin Ballsbridge Dublin

15. GEORGINA CAMPBELL FAMILY FRIENDLY HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2021
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa Adare Co Limerick

16. GEORGINA CAMPBELL PET FRIENDLY HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2021
The Twelve Hotel Barna Co Galway

17. GEORGINA CAMPBELL BEST PIVOT 2021
RESTAURANT: Dough Bros Galway
CHEF: Gráinne Mullins Grá Chocolates Kilchreest Co Galway
PERSON: Kevin Aherne Sage Midleton Co Cork
PRODUCER: Ballymakenny Farm Ballymakenny Co Louth

18. GEORGINA CAMPBELL BEST COLLABORATIONS 2021
• Gaz Smith Michaels Mount Merrion & Higgins Family Butchers Sutton
Whelehans Wines & China Sichuan Dublin

19. GEORGINA CAMPBELL STREET FOOD OF THE YEAR 2021
⁠Bites by Kwanghi Dublin

20. GEORGINA CAMPBELL COMMUNITY AWARDS 2021
PERSON: Claire Nash Nash 19 Restaurant & Food Shop Cork
RESTAURANT: Cyprus Avenue Belfast
EVENT: Food On The Edge Jp McMahon Galway www.foodontheedge.ie.
HOTEL: No. 1 Pery Square Hotel Limerick

21. GEORGINA CAMPBELL GLOBAL CUISINE AWARD 2021
Rasam Restaurant Glasthule Co Dublin

22. GEORGINA CAMPBELL DRINKS AWARD 2021
Boann Distillery Drogheda Co Louth

23. GEORGINA CAMPBELL MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE 2021
The Wicklow Escape Donard Co Wicklow

24. GEORGINA CAMPBELL HIDEAWAY OF THE YEAR 2021
Barrow House Tralee Co Kerry

25. GEORGINA CAMPBELL NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2021
Camus Farm Field Kitchen Clonakilty Co Cork

26. GEORGINA CAMPBELL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 2021
HOTEL: Gregans Castle Hotel Ballyvaughan Co Clare
RESTAURANT: BuJo Sandymount Dublin
PRODUCER: Seagull Bakery Tramore Co Waterford
FOOD TRUCK: The Salty Buoy by Niall Sabongi Dublin

27. GEORGINA CAMPBELL AWARDS 2021 ‘THE LITTLE THINGS’
HOUSEKEEPING: Mary Bourke The Mustard Seed Ballingarry Co Limerick
TOILETRIES: The Handmade Soap Company Slane Co Meath
LOWERS: Flower Farmers of Ireland www.flowerfarmersofireland.ie
TABLEWARE: Fermoyle Pottery Ballinskelligs Co Kerry Fermoylepottery.ie
SOFT FURNISHINGS: Magee 1866 Donegal Town Co Donegal

28. GEORGINA CAMPBELL TASTE OF THE WATERWAYS AWARD 2021
HOTEL: Keenans of Tarmonbarry Co Roscommon
RESTAURANT: The Red Bank Restaurant Carrick-on-Shannon Co Leitrim
PUB: Larkins Bar & Restaurant Garrykennedy Co Tipperary

29. GEORGINA CAMPBELL IRISH BREAKFAST AWARDS 2021
HOTEL: The Mariner Westport Co Mayo
GUESTHOUSE: The Wild Honey Inn Lisdoonvarna Co Clare
B&B: Bervie Achill Co Mayo

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