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2013 Award Winners

  • Georgina Campbell Award 2013
    Eileen Dunne and Stefano Crescenzi
    A special award, given in recognition of the special contribution made by exceptional individuals in Irish hospitality A true marriage of cultures. That sounds simple, but it’s a complex ...
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    • Hotel of the Year 2013 - Granville Hotel, Waterford City
      Granville Hotel, Waterford City
      Irish hotels have taken a terrible hammering over the last few years, but as long as we have great independent hoteliers an important aspect of this country’s unique appeal will be in safe h ...
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      • Restaurant of the Year 2013 - The Greenhouse, Dublin
        The Greenhouse, Dublin
        Smart-casual dining may be very on-trend, but fine dining is far from dead. This year’s awards shortlist proves yet again that many of the country’s most creative chefs are continuing ...
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        • Chef of the Year 2013 - Ian Orr, Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge Derry City
          Ian Orr, Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge Derry City
          Great ingredients have always been the essential foundation for great meals – the celebrated French chef Paul Bocuse called them ‘the building blocks of good cooking’- and our be ...
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          • Just Ask Restaurant of the Year 2013 - Ard Bia, Galway City
            Ard Bia, Galway City
            “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 from, and ...
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            • Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2013 - The Oar House, Howth, Co Dublin
              The Oar House, Howth, Co Dublin
              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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              • Seafood Chef of the Year 2013 | Billy Whitty, Aldridge Lodge, Duncannon, Co Wexford
                Billy Whitty, Aldridge Lodge, Duncannon, Co Wexford
                Great seafood cookery takes a special expertise - and a growing number of talented Irish chefs are happy to take up the challenge. Aldridge Lodge was our Newcomer of the Year in 2006 and we cle ...
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                • Hosts of the Year 2013 | Paddy & Julia Foyle, The Quay House, Clifden, Co Galway
                  Paddy & Julia Foyle, The Quay House, Clifden, Co Galway
                  Every time a visitor satisfaction survey is published the results are the same, with Ireland’s wonderful scenery (still impressive, despite everything) and the warmth and friendliness of the ...
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                  • Business Hotel of the Year 2013 | The River Lee Hotel, Cork City
                    The River Lee Hotel, Cork City
                    Food tourism and agriculture may be the hot white hopes for recessionary Ireland, but many of our best establishments are identifying other equally attractive niche markets and, along with several ...
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                    • O'Brien Chop House, Lismore, Co Waterford
                      O'Brien Chop House, Lismore, Co Waterford
                      This is the only category of our awards for which we invite applications – interested establishments are asked to submit their wine lists for consideration, and they are then judged together ...
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                      • Pub of the Year 2013 | Nancy's Bar, Ardara, Co Donegal
                        Nancy's Bar, Ardara, Co Donegal
                        Banning the term ’gastropub’ generated acres of publicity for a UK food guide last year – and they were quite right; it’s unpleasant and over-used – and, like the ubi ...
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                        • Newcomer of the Year 2013 | East Café Bar, The King Sitric, Howth, Co Dublin
                          East Café Bar, The King Sitric, Howth, Co Dublin
                          This is always one of our most hotly-contested wards – by which I mean that the ‘short list’ is anything but - and how could it be otherwise when the establishments under conside ...
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                          • Georgina Campbell Family Friendly Hotel of the Year 2013 | Hotel Westport, Westport, Co Mayo
                            Hotel Westport, Westport, Co Mayo
                            Our Family-Friendly award is more highly valued each year, as times change and more people opt to holiday at home. We look for the places that cater especially well for families by providing the r ...
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                            • Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year 2013 | Cromleach Lodge, Lough Arrow, Co Sligo
                              Cromleach Lodge, Lough Arrow, Co Sligo
                              We hear a lot about the difficulty of winning over the UK market but, as a country, we’re missing a trick when it comes to pet friendliness. We know that the English love to travel with thei ...
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                              • Hideaway of the Year 2013 | Moy House, Lahinch, Co Clare
                                Moy House, Lahinch, Co Clare
                                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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                                • Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year 2013 | The Beach House, Buncrana, Co Donegal
                                  The Beach House, Buncrana, Co Donegal
                                  The leading restaurants in major cities, and their chefs, tend to hog the spotlight at awards and, while the size of the population means more top rank establishments to choose from, excellence is ...
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                                  • Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year 2013 | West End House, Killarney, Co Kerry
                                    West End House, Killarney, Co Kerry
                                    Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it even above the quality of food when choosing where to eat out – but West End House, although certainly atmospheric, ha ...
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                                    • Ethnic Restaurant of the Year 2013 | Michie Sushi, Dublin 6
                                      Michie Sushi, Dublin 6
                                      There has been an ‘Ethnic Restaurant’ category in our awards since their inception in the early ‘90s and this year’s winner is an excellent example of the authenticity we a ...
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                                      • Cafe of the Year 2013 | The Wooden Spoon, Killaloe, Co Clare
                                        The Wooden Spoon, Killaloe, Co Clare
                                        One of the questions I am most often asked is whether I would like to have my own restaurant, and the answer is unequivocal: while I admire a well run restaurant more than most, I’ve never f ...
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                                        • Natural Food Award 2013 | Glenilen Farm Dairy Products, Drimoleague, Co Cork
                                          Glenilen Farm Dairy Products, Drimoleague, Co 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 specifically ...
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                                          • Country House of the Year 2013 | Carrig House, Caragh Lake, Co Kerry
                                            Carrig House, Caragh Lake, Co Kerry
                                            Many city folk harbour a dream of moving to the country and living in a lovely old house set in its own grounds. Only a pipe dream for most, so a weekend away in one is a treat to be treasured &nd ...
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                                            • Guesthouse of the Year 2013 | Drumcreehy House, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
                                              Drumcreehy House, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
                                              Competing with hotels is no joke for the owners of guesthouses and B&Bs these days, but they often have the edge when it comes to providing a memorable visitor experience. Armin and Bernade ...
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                                              • B&B of the Year 2013 | The Archways B&B, Rosslare, Co Wexford
                                                The Archways B&B, Rosslare, Co Wexford
                                                What makes a great B&B? The best are lovely, friendly places to stay, with comfort, good food and interested hosts who anticipate their guests’ needs yet give them space – and who ...
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                                                • Farmhouse of the Year 2013 | Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore, Co Offaly
                                                  Annaharvey Farm, Tullamore, Co Offaly
                                                  For many people – especially families who live in cities – an Irish farm stay is just about the most idyllic holiday imaginable. And you won’t do better than this one. There i ...
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                                                    • - Guesthouse Breakfast Award 2013 Guesthouse Breakfast of the Year 2013 | The Quay House, Clifden, Co Galway
                                                      The Quay House, Clifden, Co Galway
                                                      Although there are plenty of other reasons people love staying here, they’ve always done a great breakfast at The Quay House. The conservatory setting is charming, with a buffet laid out to ...
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                                                      • - Hotel Breakfast Award 2013 Hotel Breakfast of the Year 2013 | Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick
                                                        Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick
                                                        The Dunraven Arms has earned an unrivalled reputation for the quality and value of short breaks offered. Yet, despite the keen prices, there is an ongoing determination to combine personal service ...
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                                                        • - National Winner Irish Breakfast Awards 2013 National Winner | Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick
                                                          Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, Co Limerick
                                                          The Dunraven Arms has earned an unrivalled reputation for the quality and value of short breaks offered. Yet, despite the keen prices, there is an ongoing determination to combine personal servi ...
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                                                          • - B&B Breakfast Award 2013 B&B Breakfast of the Year 2013 | The Archways B&B, Rosslare, Co Wexford
                                                            The Archways B&B, Rosslare, Co Wexford
                                                            Breakfast at The Archways shows off unusual culinary skills – even the delicious sausages and black and white pudding are home made and, as they’re all wheat-free, they’re suitab ...
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