Georgina Campbell Awards winners announced

Number of places offering food and hospitality ‘with heart’ is growing

The winners of Ireland's longest-running food and hospitality awards were announced on Thursday, as the very best in Irish hospitality gathered at Bord Bia for the 2017 Georgina Campbell Awards.

Award winners include Harvey's Point Hotel, Donegal, Good Things cafe in Skibbereen, Co Cork, while Sebastien Masi of Pearl Brasserie, Dublin, was named top chef.

The awards set out to find food and hospitality “with heart”, said Ms Campbell. “What we seek is not perfection but real food and hospitality with real heart, and we’re finding it in clusters of excellence all over the country”

So where are the winners coming from this year?

Well, food outside of Dublin and in rural areas, seems to be stepping up. Campbell said, “We’ve had some especially good experiences in Northern Ireland again this year, and in areas such as The Burren and the northwest, including Derry, where communities work together to promote quality and bring different elements of hospitality together.”

Full list of winners

Hotel of the year: Harvey's Point, Lough Eske, Co Donegal

Restaurant of the year: Good Things at Dillon's Corner, Skibbereen, Co Cork

Chef of the year: Sebastien Masi, Pearl Brasserie, Dublin "Just ask!" restaurant of the year: 1826 Adare, Adare, Co Limerick. "Just Ask!" is a Bord Bia 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.

A taste of the waterways award (in partnership with Waterways Ireland): Two Cooks Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sallins, Co Kildare

Seafood restaurant of the year: Jack's Coastguard Restaurant, Cromane, Co Kerry

Outstanding guest experience: Ballyvolane House, Fermoy, Co Cork

Host of the year: Kathleen O'Sullivan, Seaview House Hotel, Ballylickey, Co Cork

Business hotel of the year: The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin & Belfast

Wine award of the year 2017: Ely, Ely Place & IFSC, Dublin

Pub of the year: O'Dowd's of Roundstone, Roundstone, Co Galway

Newcomer of the year: Nook Café and Restaurant, Collooney, Co Sligo

Family friendly destination: Brigit's Garden, Rosscahill, Co Galway

Pet friendly hotel of the year: The Salty Dog, Bangor, Co Down

Hideaway of the year: Bishop's Gate Hotel, Derry, Co Londonderry

Atmospheric restaurant of the year: The Duck Terrace Restaurant, Marlfield House, Gorey, Co Wexford

Ethnic restaurant of the year: Pickle, Dublin 2

Casual dining restaurant of the year: 4 Vicars, Armagh, Co Armagh

Café of the year: An Fear Gorta/The Tea & Garden Rooms, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare

Natural food award: Burren Glamping, Burren Free Range Pork Farm, Kilfenora Co Clare

Country house of the year: Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford

Guesthouse of the year: Number 31, Dublin

B&B of the year: Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge, Durrus, Co Cork

Farmhouse of the year: Killiane Castle Country House & Farm, Drinagh, Co Wexford

Georgina Campbell award 2017 for services to irish food & hospitality: Peter and Mary Ward, Country Choice, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

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