QC’s Bar, Restaurant and Townhouse in the heart of Caherciveen, on the Ring of Kerry, was yesterday announced as winner of the prestigious prize by BIM, the seafood development agency.
The year is going well for QC’s. Its new rooms were hailed at the Bridgestone Design of the Year Awards this month and it received a recommendation from Georgina Campbell as a great short break destination.
“We are over the moon. We have worked very hard developing the business and since we have added accommodation we are now a leading destination with our restaurant with rooms,” according to QC’s Kate Cooke, who along with her husband, Andrew, has built the reputation of QC’s as one of the leading food destinations in south Kerry, and indeed Ireland.
Kate and Andrew started the business in 2000, and seasonally employ up to 15 people. QC’s has been sensitively refurbished but it is the food which excels.
Chef Eddie Gannon puts the winning touches to top class dishes and it helps that all fish and seafood is supplied by the family company, Quinlan’s Kerry Fish at Renard’s Point within sight of Valentia island. “
We serve only fresh, wild, Irish local fish. Sustainability is key to us here. If anybody can get fish when the weather is bad that’s us.” says Kate.
She and Andrew hope to encourage visitors to stay overnight in Caherciveen instead of dashing through. “Whilst Caherciveen is on the Ring of Kerry, the tradition has always been to stay in Killarney and do the ring in a day,” says Kate. “We hope by winning this award that we will encourage people to come and stay in this beautiful, historical area.”
The Seafood Circle Awards were developed by BIM to support and champion retail and hospitality outlets. Only establishments that excel achieve membership.
Donal Buckley, BIM’s business development and innovation manager, said membership of the BIM Seafood Circle was in great demand. “We received a phenomenal amount of entries this year and this clearly demonstrates that Irish seafood businesses see the value of the BIM Seafood Circle scheme.”
In all, 219 Seafood Circle members for 2012 were listed in addition to Kish Fish of Smithfield, Dublin winning Seafood Specialist of the Year Award, while Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty was the winner of the Supermarket Seafood Counter of the Year.