Georgina Campbell Awards: Gregans Castle Hotel is ‘something very close to perfection’

Gregans Castle Hotel in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, has won the 2016 Georgina Campbell Hotel of the Year award.

“We don’t look for perfection and we certainly don’t expect to find it but, occasionally, something comes pretty darn close,” Ms Campbell said yesterday.

Gregans Castle, a second-generation, family-run hotel, is nestled in the heart of the Burren.

“Thoughtfully looking out onto its unique surrounding landscape, the hotel offers a quiet haven of discreet opulence, warm hospitality, and caring service,” said Ms Campbell.

The Restaurant of the Year is James St. South in Belfast, run by Niall and Joanne McKenna.

Chef of the Year is Dylan McGrath from Taste at Rustic in Dublin, a hands-on chef showcasing food influenced by Japan, Peru, and Spain.

Two brothers from Cork, Declan and Michael Ryan, were among the top award recipients. The Natural Food award went to Declan Ryan’s Arbutus Bread while the Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year award went to Isaacs Restaurant, Cork, run by Michael and Catherine Ryan.

The Outstanding Guest Experience was awarded to the Mustard Seed, Ballingarry, Co Limerick, and A Taste of the Waterways award went to Larkin’s Bar and Restaurant, Garrykennedy, Co Tipperary.

Outstanding Guest Experience went to TheMustard Seed, Ballingarry, Limerick
Outstanding Guest Experience went to TheMustard Seed, Ballingarry, Limerick

MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere, Co Cork, won Pub of the Year while the Stonecutters Kitchen, Doolin, Co Clare, was named Family Friendly Restaurant of the Year.

Pub of the Year was awarded to MacCarthy’s Bar, Castletownbere, Co Cork.
Pub of the Year was awarded to MacCarthy’s Bar, Castletownbere, Co Cork.

The Bodega Restaurant and Wine Bar in Waterford is Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year. As well as having very high standards all round, its atmosphere was described as “the icing on the cake”.

Temple House, Ballymote, Co Sligo, is Country House of the Year and Greenmount House, Dingle, Co Kerry, was named Guesthouse of the Year.


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