Georgina Campbell Awards 2021: “A Kind of Love Letter to Irish Food and Hospitality”

Celebrating 23 years in their current incarnation, the Georgina Campbell Awards recognise and honour Ireland’s standard-bearers in food and hospitality in Ireland. This year’s awards are focused in particular on the industry heroes who have maintained quality during the pandemic.

After a particularly challenging 18 months for the hospitality and food industry, Ms Campbell described this year’s awards as “a kind of love letter to Irish food and hospitality”.

“I am lost in admiration for all of the brave and dedicated people in the sector who have stretched themselves to the limit to keep their businesses –many of them family owned– going,” she added.

Selecting finalists for the 2021 awards proved to be a more demanding task than previous years, due to the impressively high standards maintained among businesses in the industry, Ms Campbell said.

Below are some of the award-winning businesses in Ireland’s food and hospitality sector:

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Chapter One by Mickael Viljanen, Dublin

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Damien Grey, Liath, Blackrock, Co Dublin

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

PUB OF THE YEAR
The Olde Glen Carrigart Co Donegal

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

COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2021
Enniscoe House Ballina Co Mayo

GUESTHOUSE OF THE YEAR
Castlewood House, Dingle, Co Kerry

OUTDOOR DINING AWARD 2021
Historic House: Butler House & Garden Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny
Guesthouse: Gleesons Roscommon, Co Roscommon
Restaurant: Old Street Restaurant Malahide, Co Dublin

BUSINESS HOTEL OF THE YEAR
InterContinental Dublin, Ballsbridge, Dublin

FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel and Spa, Adare, Co Limerick

The full list of awards can be seen here.

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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