Dishing up delicious diversity – independent hospitality guide gives recognition to Ireland’s best

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2018 - Bullitt Hotel, Belfast Vincent Boyle, Restaurant Manager and Abigail Clinch, Asst. Manager, Georgina Campbell

From five star hotels to food trucks, representatives of the very best in Irish hospitality gathered at Bord Bia’s Thinking House in Dublin yesterday, for the announcement of the 2018 Georgina Campbell Awards. An annual celebration of excellence associated with the respected Georgina Campbell’s Ireland independent hospitality guides, and Ireland’s most popular independent hospitality and travel website, these are Ireland’s longest-running food and hospitality awards, and highly respected by the industry.

Every year Georgina Campbell and her team of experienced assessors comb the country’s hotels, country houses, guesthouses, restaurants, pubs, cafés and speciality food shops seeking out the best food and hospitality experiences for readers of The Guide (‘the glovebox bible’) and followers of the very successful website, Speaking about the ongoing search for excellence, Ms Campbell said, “Through our programme of anonymous assessment we’re always keeping a sharp eye out for those exceptional establishments which are right on top of their game and going the extra mile for customers. Once again this year, we have found plenty of new ones worthy of recommendation, especially in urban areas, and it is always exciting to see newcomers to the hospitality industry who understand the importance of standards and want visitors – domestic and from abroad – to enjoy Irish food and hospitality at its best. What we seek is not perfection but real food and hospitality with real heart, and we’re continuing to find it in clusters of excellence all over the country.



GEORGINA CAMPBELL ‘Hospitality Hero’ AWARD 2018, FOR SERVICES TO IRISH FOOD & HOSPITALITY : James & Beryl Kearney and Gary O’Hanlon, Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford

HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2018: The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Co Galway

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018: Dax Restaurant, Dublin 2

CHEF OF THE YEAR 2018: David McCann, Executive Head Chef, Dromoland Castle, Co Clare

“JUST ASK” RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018: The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford, Co Waterford

A TASTE OF THE WATERWAYS AWARD 2018: St George’s Terrace Restaurant, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018: Hooked, Galway, Co Galway

OUTSTANDING GUEST EXPERIENCE 2018: Quinlan & Cooke Boutique Townhouse and Seafood Restaurant, Caherciveen, Co Kerry

HOST OF THE YEAR 2018: Tony Frisby, Earl of Thomond Restaurant, Dromoland Castle, Co Clare

BUSINESS DESTINATION OF THE YEAR 2018: Tankardstown House, Slane, Co Meath

WINE AWARD OF THE YEAR 2018: Green Man Wines, Dublin 6

PUB OF THE YEAR 2018: Bar One, Castlebar, Co Mayo

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2018: Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

Younger sister – or should that be brother – to Belfast city’s premier hotel, The Merchant, Bullitt is the other side of the coin to that high end style and five star luxury – a whole new ball game, in fact. Themed on the iconic 1968 Steve McQueen film of the same name, Bullitt is cool, chilled out and yet nostalgic – this is back to basics with a difference and it has taken Belfast by storm. Every area of the ‘traditional hotel’ concept is re-imagined and pared down for maximum comfort, efficiency and fun: forget about baths, wardrobes and minibars, think big beds, flat screen TVs (full Sky package), wifi, a great range of bars, and local, seasonal food and drinks. Wagyu beef from Noble House in Co Tyrone is the star of the show at Taylor & Clay restaurant, where chefs entertain customers as they rustle up big-flavoured meals on a huge custom built and sustainably fuelled Asador grill. Accessibly priced and understandably popular with the local business community as well as leisure guests, this is great place – and not just for the young. And watch out Dublin, there’s one just like this coming to Capel Street very soon.

FAMILY FRIENDLY DESTINATION 2018: Amber Springs Hotel & Health Spa, Gorey, Co Wexford


HIDEAWAY OF THE YEAR 2018: Castle Murray House Boutique Accommodation, Dunkineely, Co Donegal

ATMOSPHERIC RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018: The Boathouse Bistro, Dromquinna Manor, Kenmare, Co Kerry

ETHNIC RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018: Nightmarket, Dublin 6


CAFÉ OF THE YEAR 2018: Cakeface Patisserie, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

STREET FOOD AWARD 2018: Food Depot – Gourmet Street Kitchen, Clonakilty & Courtmacsherry Co Cork

NATURAL FOOD AWARD 2018: Vasco, Fanore, Co Clare

COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2018: Virginia Park Lodge, Virginia, Co Cavan

GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2018: The Old Bank House, Kinsale, Co Cork

B&B OF THE YEAR 2018: Muldowney’s B&B, Arranmore Island, Co Donegal

FARMHOUSE OF THE YEAR 2018: Hillcrest Farm, Ahakista, Co Cork

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