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Ireland’s best pub, hotel and restaurant for 2021 revealed, according to Georgina Campbell awards

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The Olde Glen in Carrickart, Donegal was named Pub of the Year at the 2021 Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards.

Now in its 23rd year, the awards are selected by incognito inspectors and aim to honor Irish standard bearers in food and hospitality.

According to the pub’s official website, The Olde Glen Bar is still lovingly nicknamed “Mary’s of The Glen” by locals.

“The bar has retained the old world character over the decades which we believe adds to its appeal. As you enter the bar and restaurant premises, be ‘careful now’ with the low door frames and low ceilings The bar has retained the old slab floor and as much character as one can muster, ”they say.



The Olde Glen bar and restaurant in Donegal

Regarding the other main categories, Dublin’s Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen won the prestigious title of “Restaurant of the Year”, while the following hotels all won in their respective categories; 5 Star Hotel of the Year: Park Hotel Kenmare, Co. Kerry, 4 Star Hotel of the Year: Cliff at Lyons Celbridge, Co. Kildare, 3 Star Hotel of the Year: The Station House Hotel Kilmessan, Co. Meath .

Describing this year’s awards as “a kind of love letter to Irish food and hospitality,” Campbell said that despite the pandemic, Ireland’s food, tourism and hospitality “are a very exciting and constantly evolving story ”.

“I am lost in awe for all the courageous and dedicated people in the industry who have gone above and beyond to maintain their businesses (many of which are family-owned), keep their staff together where possible, and provide incredibly creative alternative services to clients,” said she declared.

According to Hospitality Ireland, the winners of the 2021 Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards are:

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen, Dublin

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Damien Gray, Liath, Blackrock, County Dublin

SEAFOOD CHEF OF THE YEAR
Denis Vaughan, Vaughans, Liscannor and Lahinch, County Clare

“MOVERS & SHAKERS” PRIZE
Alex and Carina Conyngham, Slane Castle and Rock Farm, Slane, County Meath

AD OF THE YEAR
The Olde Glen Carrigart Co. Donegal

HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Five Star Hotel: Park Hotel, Kenmare, County Kerry
Four Star Hotel: Cliff at Lyons, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Three Star Hotel: The Station House Hotel, Kilmessan, County Meath

BEST ACTIVITY BREAKS
Five Star Hotel: Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, County Mayo
Four Star Hotel: Mulranny Park Hotel, Westport, County Mayo
Three star hotel: Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal

COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Enniscoe House, Ballina, County Mayo

GUEST HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Castlewood House, Dingle, County Kerry

B&B OF THE YEAR
Hazelwood Lodge, Ballyvaughan, County Clare

BEST GARDEN & GARDEN STAYS
Tourist Attraction: Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, Connemara, County Galway
Country House & Heritage Gardens: Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens, Great Island, Campile, Co. Wexford
Stay and dine in a historic garden: Burtown House & Garden, Athy, Co. Kildare
Boutique hotel and gardens: Marlfield House, Gorey, Co. Wexford

OUTDOOR MEAL PRICE
Historic House: Butler House & Garden, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Guest house: Gleeson, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon
Restaurant: Old Street Restaurant, Malahide, County Dublin

“HAPPY PLACE” PRIZE
Hotel: Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Ballymena, County Antrim
Restaurant: An Port Mór, Westport, County Mayo
Coffee: Good Day Deli, Liège
Pub: Blairs Inn, Cloghroe, County Cork
Radio: Neven Maguire, MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion, County Cavan
(Marty Whelan’s breakfast on RTE LyricFM)

BUSINESS HOTEL OF THE YEAR
InterContinental Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

FAMILY HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Adare, County Limerick

ANIMAL HOTEL FOR THE ANIMALS OF THE YEAR
The Twelve Hotel, Barna, County Galway

BEST PIVOT
Restaurant: Dough Bros, Galway
Chef: Gráinne Mullins, Grá Chocolates, Kilchreest, Co. Galway
Individual: Kevin Aherne, Sage, Midleton, County Cork
Producer: Ballymakenny Farm, Ballymakenny, Co Louth

BEST COLLABORATIONS
Gaz Smith Michaels, butchers of the Mount Merrion and Higgins family, Sutton
Whelehans Wines & China Sichuan, Dublin

STREET FOOD OF THE YEAR
Kwanghi Bites, Dublin

COMMUNITY AWARDS
Individual: Claire Nash, Nash 19 Restaurant & Food Shop, Cork
Restaurant: Cyprus Avenue, Belfast
Event: Food on the Edge
Hotel: No. 1 Pery Square Hotel, Limerick

WORLD COOKING PRIZE
Rasam Restaurant, Glasthule, County Dublin

DRINKS PRICE
Boann Distillery, Drogheda, County Louth

MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
The Wicklow Escape, Donard, County Wicklow

STAMP OF THE YEAR
Barrow House, Tralee, County Kerry

NEW FOR 2021
Camus Farm Field Kitchen, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
Hotel: Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, County Clare
Restaurant: BuJo, Sandymount, Dublin
Producer: Seagull Bakery, Tramore, Co. Waterford
Food truck: The Salty Buoy by Niall Sabongi, Dublin

THE PRICE OF LITTLE THINGS
Housekeeping: Mary Bourke, The Mustard Seed, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick
Toiletries: The Handmade Soap Company, Slane, Co. Meath
Flowers: Flower Farmers of Ireland
Tableware: Fermoyle Pottery, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry
Upholstery fabrics: Magee 1866, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

GOT OF WATERWAYS PRICE
Hotel: Keenans of Tarmonbarry, County Roscommon
Restaurant: The Red Bank Restaurant, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim
Pub: Larkins Bar & Restaurant, Garrykennedy, County Tipperary

IRISH BREAKFAST PRICE
Hotel: The Mariner, Westport, County Mayo
Guest house: The Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare
Bed and breakfasts: Bervie, Achill, County Mayo

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