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2016 Award Winners

  • Georgina Campbell Award 2016 - Kevin Sheridan, Evan Doyle & Jp McMahon
    Kevin Sheridan, Evan Doyle & Jp McMahon
    A special award, given in recognition of the unique contribution made by exceptional individuals in Irish food & hospitality Great ideas are like buses, after a long wait they come in cl ...
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    • Gregans Castle Hotel
      Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
      As we have great independent hoteliers an important aspect of this country’s unique appeal will be in safe hands. We must treasure them, while we can. We don’t look for perfection and ...
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      • Restaurant of the Year 2016
        James St. South, Belfast
        Informal restaurants may be very on-trend, but fine dining is far from dead. This year’s awards shortlist proved yet again that many of the country’s most creative chefs are continuing ...
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        • Dylan McGrath
          Dylan McGrath, Taste at Rustic, Dublin 2
          Great ingredients have always been the essential the Year rightly credit their local suppliers for the high quality of the basic ingredients that makes for the best possible tastes - and enables ...
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          • Rua Shop
            Rua, Castlebar, Co Mayo
             “Just Ask!” is a public awareness campaign that aims to encourage consumers when eating out to look for information on where the food (particularly meat) on their plate comes fro ...
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            • Larkins Garrykennedy
              Larkin's Bar & Restaurant, Garrykennedy, Co Tipperary
              Ireland’s inland waterways are nothing short of a national treasure yet, for most people, they’re very much an adventure waiting to happen. How many times have you whizzed along motorw ...
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              • La Cote Seafood Restaurant
                La Cote Seafood Restaurant, Wexford, Co Wexford
                Although we eat less fish at home than might be expected for an island nation, everybody – whether living in Ireland or just visiting - seems to love seafood when eating out, so it’s a ...
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                • The Mustard Seed
                  The Mustard Seed, Ballingarry, Co Limerick
                  What makes a great hospitality experience? Ireland is blessed with a generous sprinkling of those uniquely satisfying places where beautiful and enriching surroundings combine with an owner who is ...
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                  • Declan Maxwell
                    Declan Maxwell, Luna, Dublin 2
                    Time after time, visitor satisfaction surveys tell us the same story about the things people love about Ireland - everyone loves the wonderful scenery and the warmth and friendliness of the people ...
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                    • Radisson Royal Blu Hotel Dublin
                      Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin 8
                      While other guides are focused solely on the leisure market, we have always taken the needs of business guests into account when making our selections. Although it is our policy to seek out and su ...
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                      • Stanley's Restaurant & Winebar
                        Stanley's Restaurant & Wine Bar, Dublin 2
                        While there is no shortage of establishments describing themselves as ‘restaurant & wine bar’, how many nail their colours to the mast from the outset with the appointment of a Win ...
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                        • MacCarthys Bar
                          MacCarthy's Bar, Castletownbere, Co Cork
                          While Irish pubs in general are going through a challenging time, the pub experience remains one of the highlights of a visit to this country for visitors from abroad, who love the unique atmosphe ...
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                          • Maisons Restaurant
                            Maisons Restaurant, Rostrevor, Co Down
                            This is always one of our most exciting awards … the ‘short list’ is anything but - and how could it be otherwise when the establishments under consideration are all fresh a ...
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                            • StoneCutters Kitchen
                              StoneCutters Kitchen, Doolin, Co Clare
                              Family-friendliness is increasingly important in Irish hospitality and our Family Friendly award is more highly valued each year, as times change and people assume the whole family goes pretty muc ...
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                              • Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel
                                Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Recess, Co Galway
                                In Ireland we lag way behind our UK neighbours when it comes to pet friendliness; if you google an area in Britain looking for somewhere to stay, chances are that pet friendly options will pop str ...
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                                • Bervie
                                  Bervie, Achill Island, Co Mayo
                                  Everyone loves the idea of a hideaway, and this is one of our most popular awards. Whether it’s the establishments itself which offers that sense of privacy and seclusion, or its location, t ...
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                                  • Isaacs Restaurant
                                    Isaacs Restaurant, Cork
                                    Our Casual Dining award aims to highlight the quality of (mainly) smaller establishments, especially those serving outstanding daytime food and also ambitious restaurants with an informal style. ...
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                                    • Bodega Restaurant & Winebar
                                      Bodega Restaurant & Winebar, Waterford
                                      Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it even above the quality of food when choosing where to eat out – but this restaurant, although certainly atmospheric, h ...
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                                      • RAW at Radisson Blue Galway
                                        RAW at Radisson Blu Galway
                                        There has been an ‘Ethnic Restaurant’ category in our awards since their inception in the early ‘90s. Originally interpreted as ‘oriental’, it now reflects the divers ...
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                                        • Teach nan Phaidi, Aran Islands, Co Galway
                                          Teach nan Phaidi, Aran Islands, Co Galway
                                          This award gives recognition to the best of those valuable all-day operations – usually small and owner-run – which not only lift the visitor’s spirits in a flash, but also the r ...
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                                          • Declan Ryan's Arbutus Bread, Cork
                                            Declan Ryan's Arbutus Bread, Cork
                                            The Guide has always championed the best of Irish produce. It’s the philosophy behind our food recommendations and the Natural Food Award has emphasised this for many years, by celebrating p ...
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                                            • Temple House, Ballymote, Co Sligo
                                              Temple House, Ballymote, Co Sligo
                                              You can’t beat a real country house for a refreshing short break or to provide a atmospheric setting for special occasions - and this extraordinary house is a destination like no other. Tak ...
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                                              • Greenmount House, Dingle, Co Kerry
                                                Greenmount House, Dingle, Co Kerry
                                                Competing with cut price hotels has been no joke for the owners of guesthouses and B&Bs in recent years, but the best have USPs that allow them to thrive regardless of any such challenges. Yo ...
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                                                • Strandeen, Portstewart
                                                  Strandeen, Portstewart
                                                  What with golf, cycling (bike hire available), great beaches and walking - and, perhaps, also the recent attraction of our last Newcomer of the Year, Harry’s Shack - Portstewart is a very po ...
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                                                  • Trean House, Inishowen, Co Donegal
                                                    Trean House, Inishowen, Co Donegal
                                                    The idea of a farm stay is heaven to many visitors to Ireland, and to families living in cities. An engaging rural experience is what guests at Joyce and Mervyn Norris’s welcoming coastal f ...
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                                                    • Irish Breakfast Awards
                                                      Irish Breakfast Awards
                                                      Hotel Breakfast Award: Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare Breakfast at Gregans Castle is every bit as good in its way as the delicious dinner that residents have enjoyed the night befo ...
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