Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Ireland’s Restaurant, Chef, Hideaway and Pub of the Year announced in end-of-year celebration of Irish food and hospitality

Ireland’s Restaurant, Chef, Hideaway and Pub of the Year announced in end-of-year celebration of Irish food and hospitality 

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From Ireland’s hospitality leaders, best hotels, fine dining and seafood to casual dining favourites and the most pet-friendly destination, come the winners of Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality

Richard Corrigan

Awards 2022 are announced:

• Richard Corrigan is hailed Ireland’s Hospitality Hero

• Niall McKenna, James Street South Group, Belfast, receives the ‘Movers & Shakers’ Award

• Lignum, Co Galway is Restaurant of the Year

• Chef of the Year awarded to Garrett Byrne Campagne Restaurant Kilkenny

• Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven, Co Cork, announced Pub of the Year

• Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge, West Cork is Ireland’s Pet Friendly Destination

• Family Friendly Hotel of the Year is Doonmore Hotel Inishbofin Co Galway

• Newcomer of the Year title goes to Alumni Kitchen Table & Rooms Co Kildare

• ‘Happy Place‘ Award for Gaz Smith, Michaels & Big Mikes, Co Dublin

• Six selected for this year’s special Casual Dining awards group

Representing the four corners of Ireland, the winners of the 2022 Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards were announced today. Celebrating 24 years in their current incarnation, the Georgina Campbell Awards recognise and honour Ireland’s standard-bearers in food and hospitality in Ireland with particular focus, this year, on those who have maintained standards across the board in the face of post-pandemic energy and staffing crises, among many other challenges – and the brave newcomers who, against the odds, continue to delight with inspiring new businesses.

Flying the flag for excellence - celebrating our true professionals

Describing this year in hospitality as ‘something of a triumph of hope over expectation’ Georgina Campbell, one of Ireland’s foremost food and hospitality writers, says that despite everything we have gone through in recent years, Ireland’s food, tourism and hospitality continues to be an exciting and ever-developing story. “Widespread closures were predicted as we came out of the pandemic, but the sheer resilience of the industry in the face of massive challenges is extraordinary. There have been losses and those business are much-missed, especially when family-owned, but the big surprise is not just how well many are coping, but how many exciting new businesses continue to open. Far from just surviving, the emphasis for many is now on ‘Recover, Recreate & Rebuild’ and it is great to see,” said Georgina Campbell.

“And, although a tendency towards rising prices and falling standards is an inevitable consequence of financial challenges and staff shortages, the determination of many true professionals to keep flying the flag for excellence at all levels is reflected in this year’s award selections. At the top end we see this in establishments like our Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year – one recently opened, the other an industry stalwart, both proving that fine dining is still very much alive and well – but we have also focused especially on casual dining this year,as mid-range quality is especially relevant to diners in these straitened times. 

Interestingly however – perhaps still reflecting pent-up appetite post recession - the demand for luxury travel is very high, with visitors constantly requesting luxury properties including top five star hotels, private drivers, one-off experiences, golfing, and country activities like game shooting. And, of course, even the most privileged travellers need the smaller experiences as well as the grand stays (of which the gorgeous new Cashel Palace Hotel is already becoming a favourite destination), so quality in smaller establishments like cafés and bakeries is appreciated by such visitors as much as by discerning domestic travellers and diners.”


Georgina added, “This year, we have again been looking particularly at sustainable development – a topic which is now focusing minds mightily and the art of reinvention is in top gear.  As Niall Rochford, General Manager of Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle, said last year, “2021 will be the year of reimagining”. He was right and it is a growing trend. And - as is reflected in our awards selections - it is reimagining with the experience of the pandemic as a backdrop and a sense that we can not only do things differently, but also very much better.”

Sourcing and provenance

Speaking about the awards, Georgina Campbell again had praise for the ongoing improvements in sourcing policies. “The pandemic and the need to support our local communities has made provenance even more important to consumers and it is good to see more establishments highlighting the origin of produce on their menus, thereby speeding up the move towards greater sustainability as well as supporting Irish suppliers and growing the future of Ireland as a food tourism destination,” said Georgina.

The Irish Breakfast

With its social distancing requirements and a ban on the buffet, the traditional Irish Breakfast as we know it virtually disappeared during the pandemic. But it is making a comeback and we have highlighted some of the best in this year’s awards selection - and hope to bring back our popular standalone Irish Breakfast Awards next year.


Georgina Campbell’s Ireland’s rigorous programme of anonymous assessment visits is a year- round process and winners are nominated solely by an independent assessment team.

Media inquiries: Georgina Campbell, Editor, Georgina Campbell’s Guides


T: +353 (0)1 839 5972 / 086 2269727

Georgina Campbell 2022 Irish Food & Hospitality Awards



Richard Corrigan Virginia Park Lodge Co Cavan & The Park Café Dublin


Niall McKenna

Niall McKenna James Street South Group Belfast


Lignum Loughrea Co Galway


Garrett Byrne Campagne Kilkenny Co Kilkenny


• 5-Star Hotel of the Year: Cashel Palace Hotel Cashel Co Tipperary

• 4-Star Hotel of the Year: Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa Ballyfarnon Co Roscommon

• 3-Star Hotel of the Year: Blue Haven Hotel Kinsale Co Cork


The Merrion Hotel Dublin

Cronin's Pub


Cronin’s Pub Crosshaven Co Cork


Union Wine Bar & Kitchen Waterford Co Waterford


Gaz Smith Michaels & Little Mikes Mount Merrion and Big Mikes Blackrock Co Dublin


Alumni Kitchen Table & Rooms Rathangan Co Kildare



Rúibín Bar & Restaurant Galway Co Galway


Native Seafood & Scran Portstewart Co Londonderry


Dave Mullan Fish & Bean Rosses Point Co Sligo


3 Leaves Blackrock Co Dublin



• HOTEL: Dunmore House Hotel Clonakilty Co Cork


• CAFÉ-DELI: Savoir Fare Westport Co Mayo

• BAKERY-PIZZERIA: Scarpello & Co Derry Co Londonderry

• TEA ROOM: Burren Perfumery Tea Room Carron Co Clare


Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa Rosslare Co Wexford


• HOTEL: Ballygarry Estate Hotel and Spa Tralee Co Kerry

• RESTAURANT: Honestly Farm Kitchen Carrick-on-Shannon Co Leitrim

• FARM STAY: Inis Meáin Farm Stays Aran Islands Co Galway

• STREET FOOD: The Salt Project Co Kildare


• COUNTRY HOUSE: Rathsallagh House Dunlavin Co Wicklow

• GUESTHOUSE: Bedford Townhouse & Café Limerick

• B&B: Frewin Ramelton Co Donegal

• HIDEAWAY: Killiane Castle Country House & Farm Drinagh Co Wexford

Jane O'Callaghan

Jane O’Callaghan Longueville House Hotel Mallow Co Cork


Nox Hotel Galway Co Galway


Doonmore Hotel Inishbofin Island Co Galway


Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge Durrus Co Cork


• HOTEL: Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre Ballina Killaloe Co Clare

• RESTAURANT: Thyme Restaurant Athlone Co Westmeath

• PUB: Lock 13 Brewpub Sallins Co Kildare

• CAFÉ: Lough Derg House & The Lake Café Dromineer Co Tipperary


• HOTEL: Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny Co Kilkenny

• GUESTHOUSE: Ballymaloe House Shanagarry Co Cork

• B&B: Muxnaw Lodge Kenmare Co Kerry

• CAFÉ: Kelly’s Kitchen Newport Co Mayo

• ARTISAN DELI & ROOMS: Firecastle Kildare Co Kildare

The Citations



Richard Corrigan Virginia Park Lodge Co Cavan & The Park Café Dublin

For a small country we’re blessed with more than our fair share of excellent chefs in Ireland, but
when it comes to spreading the word on the good things that are going on here – and indeed
creating many of those good things, including wonderful hospitality destinations, himself - few could
compete with Richard Corrigan’s ambassadorial bent. Whether through media appearances and
high-profile competitions like Great British Menu (three times winner) or his London restaurants
Corrigans Mayfair, Bentley’s and Daffodil Mulligan, this big-hearted ball of energy and enterprise is
never shy of flying the flag for Ireland and the best of Irish produce. And, since taking on the lovely
Virginia Park Lodge in 2014, that has included (Brexit permitting) supplying them from his VPL farm -
and of course produce from the Cavan estate is also a major seasonal player on the menus at The
Park Café in Ballsbridge, which opened to a much-deserved big hug of welcoming reviews this
autumn. What a star. If he didn’t exist we’d have to invent him.


Niall McKenna James Street & Co Restaurant Group Belfast

That Belfast chef and restaurateur Niall McKenna is a man on a mission is no secret. He has a

culinary vision for Belfast that may well date back two decades to 2003, when he and his wife

Joanne opened the acclaimed fine dining venue James Street South and the adjacent Bar & Grill - all

recently reimagined as James St. Their excellent Hadskis on Commercial Court closed this year but,

far from being the negative move that might be expected in these daunting times, it was all part of

the grand plan - to create a major hospitality hub in the city’s Cathedral Quarter. The whole Hadskis

team then moved over to open a new restaurant at Waterman House, a Grade B listed Bushmills

bonded warehouse that was already home to the former James St Cookery School - and Waterman

Restaurant wasted no time in becoming one of Belfast’s hottest dining destinations. So now the

cookery school and the restaurant are in place, along with conference and event spaces. There’s

plenty going on to appeal to different ages and interests, and the buzz is growing. It’s a big city but

one man’s vision is near to becoming reality, and it’s much the better for that.


A new restaurant conveying all the assurance of well-honed teamwork is a joy to behold – and this

delightful East Galway gem shows all the signs of becoming a long term favourite.

Lignum Loughrea Co Galway    

Very much a place with its star in the ascendancy, food lovers have blazed a trail to this unusual

restaurant since the day it opened, in autumn 2019. Formerly Slatefort House restaurant, run by

chef Danny Africano’s Irish-Italian parents, and also the family home, the house and grounds were

reborn as Lignum, which Danny runs with his partner Molly Keane and a talented, highly motivated

team. Lignum is the Latin term for wood, which is central to the sophisticated yet rustic makeover

and the unique character of the food, which is cooked over local ash, birch and oak. The result is

creative, beautiful and seriously delicious fine dining - and the quality of the ingredients so

meticulously sourced in Ireland and Italy is exceptional, as is the care lavished on every aspect of this

restaurant and its customers. And it’s a work in progress, with new experiences constantly enriching

the creative development in the kitchen, the restaurant service and the business as a whole - which

includes reviving plans for accommodation, delayed by the pandemic. Although still new, it is already

widely recognised and there is a sense of Lignum taking its place among the great restaurants of




Casual dining is unquestionably a big story at the moment but fine dining is far from dead - and,

regardless of style, the restaurants that are at their best are those led by people like our Chef of the

Year, who are grounded in classical cooking. And, in this case, a meaningful setting lends a particular

sense of occasion.

Garrett Byrne Campagne Kilkenny Co Kilkenny

Garrett Byrne, former head chef at Dublin’s celebrated Chapter One, returned home to Kilkenny in

2008 to open this well named French-inspired restaurant with his wife and restaurant manager, Brid

Hannon, and it has since been the hallmark of fine dining in the city. A sense of place is at the heart

of everything here. Central to the décor, a set of colourful contemporary paintings vividly depicting

rural life, by celebrated Kilkenny artist Catherine Barron, illustrates their passionately held food

philosophy of involving local food producers. From the quietly superb service to the sublime

rustically inspired classical cooking, understated finesse is the hallmark of Campagne; the

meticulously selected seasonal ingredients are cooked to perfection and beautifully presented in

dishes that may include updated Irish traditions - and the tone is invariably relaxed. It’s a place that

works its magic on every diner – and, thanks to the proximity of the railway station and pricing that

is very reasonable for the high standards offered, it is surprisingly accessible.


As long as we have great independent hotels an important aspect of this country’s unique appeal will

be in safe hands. We must treasure them, while we can.

Cashel Palace

5-Star Hotel of the Year: Cashel Palace Hotel Cashel Co Tipperary

Eagerly anticipated after pandemic-related delays, there was much excitement when this

gracious 18 th century bishops’ residence beside the Rock of Cashel finally re-opened in 2022

following major restoration by its new owners, the Magnier family of nearby Coolmore Stud –

who have nurtured it immaculately while also developing the amenities befitting a five-

star hotel, including a wonderful spa. A resounding success, the hotel quickly established itself as

a must-visit destination, introducing a new cohort of discerning international and domestic

travellers to this lovely area. Reception rooms and accommodation are all equally beautiful and

Director of Culinary Stephen Hayes creates an exceptionally varied locally-flavoured dining

offering, with the vaulted Bishop’s Buttery, an atmospheric Guinness Bar, a Garden Terrace and

Mikey Ryan’s Bar and Kitchen (next door) among the beguiling choices. But above all, under the

guidance of an exceptional General Manager, Adriaan Bartels, Cashel Palace still exudes that old-

fashioned atmosphere and hospitality that modern hotels simply cannot emulate. Another truly

great hotel to join Ireland’s top rank.

4-Star Hotel of the Year: Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa Ballyfarnon Co Roscommon

At the heart of a 40-acre estate overlooking Lough Meelagh, Kilronan Castle enjoys beautiful

natural surroundings and a romantic old-world atmosphere. The original castle has been

restored with style in the public areas and, while most rooms are new, accommodation is

luxurious and very spacious. Attractions that make it especially appealing for weddings and

(good value) short breaks include a Leisure Club and Elemis Spa - but Kilronan Castle has always

had a well deserved reputation for good food too, and the beautifully appointed and intimate

Douglas Hyde Restaurant makes a fine special occasion dining destination for visitors and local

residents alike. All of which adds up to a lot of good reasons to visit an area that deserves to be

better known. But best of all is the staff, who are superb; nothing is ever a problem, which

makes a stay here just so refreshing - a happy introduction to this fascinating and unspoilt part

of the country for its many new visitors.

3-Star Hotel of the Year: Blue Haven Hotel Kinsale Co Cork

Blue Haven

Frequent refurbishment (and reinvention) by hands-on proprietor Ciarán Fitzgerald are the norm

at this attractively presented and historic boutique hotel, which means that it is always kept

fresh and lively. But events of the last couple of years have seen this dedicated hotelier rise to

the challenge with particular verve, not only developing exciting new experiences on site, such

as the Moet Garden terrace and Rare (‘Craft Irish Cocktail and Fine Dining Experience’), but also

growing the Blue Haven Collection portfolio beyond Kinsale to take in other well-loved Cork

properties including Schull Harbour Hotel (now upgraded and open all year) and the long

established Midleton favourite, Finin’s Bar & Restaurant. It’s been an inspired choice of direction

at this time, that will be appreciated locally and by visitors for years to come.


What makes a great hospitality experience? Ireland has a fair sprinkling of uniquely satisfying places

where it’s likely to be found – places where enriching surroundings combine with an owner or

manager who is exceptionally gifted in hospitality and conveys that gift to everyone and everything

associated with the business.

The Merrion Hotel Dublin 2

Memorable experiences come in many forms but the consistent excellence of this beautiful hotel

never fails to delight. Attention to detail in every area – whether it be the luxurious rooms, the

exquisitely entertaining ‘Art Tea’, delicious dining in The Garden Room, the wonderfully relaxing

Merrion Spa and Health Club, or simply the soothing ambience of The Drawing Room for an informal

meeting with friends or colleagues – marks The Merrion out as a place equally appealing to

discerning international travellers, business guests and locals marking a special occasion. As well as

The Garden Room, a lovely restaurant and terrace overlooking the hotel’s formal gardens, Dublin’s

longest-established and most famous fine dining destination, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, is an on-

site treasure, while the atmospheric vaulted Cellar Bar offers an exceptional range of drinks. In a

world of identikit hotels with bland service, The Merrion always feels incredibly special.


While Irish pubs in general may be going through a challenging time, the pub experience remains one

of the highlights of a visit to this country for visitors from abroad, who love the unique atmosphere

and the craic. And as long as there are pubs as delightful as this one to enjoy, the future of the Irish

pub is assured.

Cronin’s Pub Crosshaven Co Cork

In the Cronin family since 1970, this charming harbour-front pub is run by third-generation owner

and Ballymaloe-trained chef Denis Cronin and his wife Caroline, who took over from Denny’s parents

in the year they celebrated 50 years in business – and then came Covid. They pivoted to open a pop-

up grocery store and offer pre-prepared meals to heat at home but, just as restrictions were lifted

and they were about to reopen, flooding closed them again for extensive renovations. Uncovering

some architectural and historical gems in the process (and fitting out a brand new kitchen), they

reopened in time for the Volvo Cork Week sailing event in July 2022 and haven't looked back since.

This is a true family business that serves the community and the community support it in return. Just

what a local should be like - and a real find for visitors. 


Along with the craft beers and independent distilleries that have been making waves in recent years -

and which are very welcome – we still have still that special relationship with wine, the way that it

can enhance the dining experience, and its endless variety. The many aspects of the wine lover’s

experience also include educational events – something that is a special feature here, a place that

celebrates the individuality of wines, and their makers, and wants to share the joy.

Union Wine Bar & Kitchen Waterford Co Waterford

New name, new location - but the same great team. Stephen McArdle and Morgan Vander Kamer

moved their wonderful Barrows Keep restaurant from Graiguenamanagh to Thomastown in 2019,

and now they’ve reinvented themselves again in Waterford, where they have a wine bar, kitchen

and cocktail bar overlooking The Mall. Wherever they are, it’s a must-visit for any food or wine lover

in the south-east. The network of local producers that provides the foundation for Stephen’s terrific

cooking remains very much in place and, as always, the talent in the kitchen is complemented by

Morgan’s supervision of the room - and the renowned wine list curated by this friendly and engaging

Master Sommelier. Working with over a dozen wine suppliers, she selects with care to encourage

guests to try less familiar wines - and she still hosts her popular wine club too. A great addition to

this vibrant city.


Gaz Smith

We established the ‘Happy Place’ Awards during the pandemic and, while we may not need to lift the

gloom quite so much now, it could have been invented for Gaz Smith

Gaz Smith Michaels & Little Mike's Mount Merrion and Big Mikes Blackrock Co Dublin

When the Being Above was giving out personality, an extra helping must have gone to Gareth (Gaz) Smith, the irrepressible chef who has been delighting customers at the Mount Merrion restaurant Michael’s, that he’s run with his wife Rita since 2016, then also Little Mikes - and, most recently, the glamorous Big Mikes in Blackrock, which opened this year to rousing cheers all round. Gaz’s passion for good locally sourced food (notably the freshest of seafood and aged steaks) simply done and full

of flavour, is infectious, and the friendly and efficient staff in all venues always ensure that a good time is had by all – a mood that everyone can share via the hugely entertaining and very practical book, And for Mains…, that Gaz wrote during the pandemic with butcher Rick Higgins and journalist Nicola Brady. Although published over a year ago, it’s still picking up awards including winning the ‘Chefs & Restaurants’ category at the prestigious IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Cookbook Awards, which is quite feat – and, like a visit to any of his restaurants, guaranteed to make you smile.


This is always one of our most exciting awards … the ‘short list’ is anything but - and how could it be

otherwise when the establishments nominated are all fresh and new and full of enthusiasm? Recent

openings have tended to be in cities, especially Dublin, so it is particularly pleasing to give recognition

to an exciting new business in a less obvious location.

Alumni Kitchen Table & Rooms Rathangan Co Kildare

Although this unusual venture opened at an exceptionally challenging time, it conveys an air of

serene confidence that is very relaxing. Offering an imaginative multi-course tasting menu twice a

week, chef Philip Mahon and his sommelière wife Kathy have brought a new luxury micro dining

experience to Kildare, serving just eight guests around a communal table in their magnificent design-

led kitchen. Drawing on Philip’s fine dining background, the high-end cooking is served against a

leafy country backdrop in a beautiful contemporary home with four stylish guestrooms. Guests can

sip an aperitif in one of two elegant sitting rooms before dinner, or in the peaceful garden, then take

a seat and enjoy the innovative one-man show. With delicious cooking, excellent optional wine

pairings, a wonderful setting and a dinner bed & breakfast offer that is very fairly priced for the

quality, this is a really special, exciting and fun culinary experience.


Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it even above the quality of food

when choosing where to eat out – but this restaurant, although certainly atmospheric, has much

more to it than that. As everyone familiar with past winners of our Atmospheric category will know,

we seek out establishments that offer very high standards all round, with great atmosphere as the

icing on the cake.

Rúibín Bar & Restaurant Galway Co Galway

On the corner of Galway’s historic docks, just a few minutes from Spanish Arch and Quay Street, this

atmospheric old stone building got a new lease of life recently when it was taken over by gifted chef

Alice Jary and her partner, Richard Kennan (whose family own the wonderful Roundwood House, Co

Laois) and they quietly earned a reputation for producing some of the most interesting food in

Galway. The bright, contemporary interior makes a lovely relaxing setting for the ground floor bar

and, above it, a restaurant that offers not only exciting locally produced food that reflects the

couple’s experience working in kitchens all over the world, but also a wonderful ambience and some

of the best views in Galway city from the window tables. A visit to Ruíbín is always more than the

sum of its parts – and it’s sure to be memorable.


Native Seafood

Although we eat less fish at home than might be expected for an island nation, everybody – whether

living in Ireland or just visiting - seems to love seafood when eating out, so it’s an increasingly vibrant

sector of the restaurant industry. Focusing on provenance being key to sustainability and supporting

the best fishermen and producers, it’s great to see it on the up.

Native Seafood & Scran Portstewart Co Londonderry

You won’t find a seafood restaurant nearer to the shore than Stevie and Rebekah McCarry’s Native

Seafood, yet it came about almost by accident. Opening first in the old Coleraine yacht club in 2019,

their idea was to source sustainable wild fish direct from fishing boats, cook it and also operate as a

fishmongers. With Stevie’s creative and fun cooking and Rebekah front of house it was a great

success, but the pandemic delayed building work so they opened in Portstewart as well. The next

setback was storm damage, but they soon bounced bravely back and continued to delight locals and

tourists alike with their fresh take on seafood. Their ling and lang dog - a homemade ling and

langoustine sausage served in a bun with fermented chillis, their own mustard sauce, gherkins and

salad - is typical, and there are many other original variations of favourites not normally associated

with seafood on the ever-changing menu. A real original.


Dave Mullan Fish & Bean Rosses Point Co Sligo

Chef Dave Mullan has created a little piece of heaven at the Yacht Club in

Rosses Point, where an effortlessly chic, uncluttered marine-themed

room looks and can feel like a bit of the Med in Sligo. His daily changing,

accessibly priced menu is reassuringly short and, although very much weighted towards seafood, has

some options to please carnivores too. The sense of place is palpable: fresh fish right by the sea.

Responsibly sourced fish are treated with respect and cooked to perfection; some is very local, from

Rosses Point and Sligo, and the organic vegetables are also grown nearby. Just what people dream of

finding on the Wild Atlantic Way.


3 Leaves

There has been an ‘Ethnic Restaurant’ category in our awards since their inception in the early ‘90s.

Originally interpreted as ‘oriental’, it now reflects the diversity of dining experiences in contemporary

Ireland to include all restaurants that truly represent any specific culture or cultures. In recent years

there has been a sea change in terms of the range and quality of Ireland’s international cuisines –

and, paradoxically, a challenge to the concept of ethnic cuisines. ‘Ethnic’, ‘International’, ‘Global? Let

the winner decide!

3 Leaves Blackrock Co Dublin

 From street food stall to the hottest little Indian restaurant around, Santosh Thomas serves up the

freshest, most delicious dishes from his homeland at 3 Leaves. A wizard with spices, his carefully

considered dahls, snacks, curries and breads are served up by Milie Mathew, his charming wife.

While the couple hail from southern India, Santosh’s food draws from the sub-continent’s many

cooking styles, to keep menus fresh and exciting. Changing the perception of Indian food in Ireland,

dish by dish, 3 Leaves is a joy - and a meal in this tiny Blackrock Market gem is a delicious and affordable delight.


Our Casual Dining awards aim to highlight the quality of (mainly) smaller establishments, especially

those serving outstanding daytime food and also ambitious restaurants with an informal style. Not

only a pleasure to find, such places also enhance the reputation of any town or village lucky enough

to be their chosen location – and, as they also tend to offer very good value, we’ve developed the

category as a group this year.


Floor-to-ceiling windows offer up bright, traffic-free views of Ely Place in the small and light-

flooded Margadh RHA. Café by day and very special wine bar by night, this delightful spot is a

very welcome addition to the Mamó stable, of Howth. Chef Glen Sutton serves delicious pared-

back seasonally-led plates alongside exciting, good value wines. Kate Ruddy is the quintessential

host, a welcoming industry veteran whose easy charm makes dining here so much fun. And, with

a great location, exciting wines and a brilliantly pitched 8-course tasting menu at night, this may

be the best value in town.

Dunmore House

HOTEL: Dunmore House Hotel Clonakilty Co Cork

Home to the O’Donovan and Barrett families since 1934 and welcoming

guests since 1948, this beautifully located and immaculately maintained

hotel on Clonakilty Bay enjoys wonderful sea views from most rooms and is a real home away

from home. Local touches abound and hands-on family hospitality is the trump card, twinned

with the food experience - especially in the lovely Adrift Restaurant, but also casual dining in the

bar and lounge or, in summer, on the beautifully located Sea Terrace, which are all perfect for an

informal bite. Fish landed nearby in Union Hall and seasonal supplies from local producers

feature – along with fresh produce from their own Organic Ocean Gardens, just steps from the

kitchen in which it is prepared... A great destination when in West Cork.


The House

Neighbourhood restaurants have long been the quiet heroes of quality-led and good value

dining and, with the current focus on the cost of living and the environmental advantages of

staying close to base, they’re now being valued like never before. Karl Dillon's chilled out bistro

in one of Howth village’s most attractive old buildings is a good example, committed to local,

organic and artisan produce. Quietly stylish, with local artwork always a talking point, creative

cooking of moderately priced bistro-style dishes is served with flair, including a class brunch

menu. This consistent neighbourhood favourite is a go-to spot for locals, so some favourites are

kept on the menu, but innovative seasonal specials often include unusual, and effective,

combinations of ingredients - and caring service and long opening hours also add to the appeal

of a meal here. Well worth the short foray up from the harbour.

CAFÉ-DELI: Savoir Fare Westport Co Mayo

For such a small spot, Savoir Fare packs a big punch – café, bistro, deli, purveyors and makers of

very fine food indeed. From the understated shop frontage through to the chic wine-themed

interior, Alain Morice has created a little piece of paradise here, with more than a nod to his

French father. The café, with just a handful of tables, bustles with activity and lively chatter.

Seasonal, local and organic are the drivers: soup, Alain’s signature pate en

croûte, a hot dish of the day - organic chicken with dauphinoise potatoes and sublime gravy perhaps. The small deli has superb cheeses,

French style in-house baking and a seriously appetising selection of charcuterie, terrines and

home-cured meats. An interesting choice of low intervention wines is offered, also platters and

picnics, all well priced – and, on those special evenings, the Savoir Fare Supper Club too.


BAKERY-PIZZERIA: Scarpello & Co Derry Co Londonderry

Having found a new niche during the pandemic, nourishing, well-priced and very tasty

sourdough bread and authentic pizza are just the things for a cost of living crisis too. A special

place to seek them out is Scarpello & Co’s bakehouse and pizzeria on the west side of Derry - a

proud development from the original sourdough bakery near Burt in Co Donegal, it’s become a

favourite in a city known for its excellent food. An ardent supporter of Slow Food and the Real

Bread movement, Kemal Scarpello was way ahead of the current rush to sourdough and he has

always taken pride in using as few bread-making ingredients as possible - but of the very best

quality, so Scarpello’s Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza is produced on an additive-free

sourdough base. With highly regarded chef Derek Creagh also on hand to create the perfect

combinations, the gorgeous range of toppings showcases local produce - and there’s a short but

tempting list of appetisers, sides and dips, plus more-ish desserts and great coffee too.

TEA ROOM: Burren Perfumery Tea Room Carron Co Clare

When touring Clare any discerning visitor would be pleased to find this charming spot. Although

small and simple, the rose-bedecked tea rooms at Sadie Chowen-Doyle’s famous perfumery are pretty, with floral

oilcloths, fresh flowers and mismatched crockery creating a happy riot of pastels. And

blackboard menus proclaim the food philosophy: local and organic produce stars - and

everything they do is simply delicious and made freshly on the premises. Before or after your

wholesome bite there are lovely walks to enjoy in the gardens around the perfumery – which

can be visited too, and it’s of special interest for its organic credential and high quality products

inspired by the Burren landscape.


Kelly's Hotel Searooms

Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa Rosslare Co Wexford

Constant reinvention has always been the story at the Kelly family’s renowned fifth-generation seaside hotel – and never more so than now, with recent developments including an increased focus on sustainability in the extensive (and very beautiful) kitchen gardens, which guests are encouraged to visit, and then the introduction of The Sea Rooms in 2022. A stunning two-storey all year indoor/outdoor dining project with sea views and terraces, this design-led contemporary addition has transformed the hotel’s (already impressive) dining options. Add a beachside location, superb leisure facilities, super food, the famous wine cellar, a unique art collection... and, quite

simply, Kelly’s has everything. Yet – and perhaps this is the secret ingredient in the Kelly’s success

story – there’s always another new plan in the making. And you can be sure that it will be innovative.


 Inis Meáin Farm Stays

That development must be sustainable is now non-negotiable – and, while that poses particular

challenges for the food and hospitality sectors, when embraced it can be exciting.

HOTEL: Ballygarry Estate Hotel and Spa Tralee Co Kerry

This quietly luxurious hotel retains some original 18th century features

and it is held in affection locally for its long-established traditions of

hospitality, which are a point of pride. But there is also change in the air

and the third-generation proprietor, Padraig McGillicuddy, is on a mission

for the 100-acre estate to become an international sustainable tourism destination. Wetlands,

re-wilding former farmland, native tree and hedgerow planting, wild flower meadows and

apiaries are all part of his ambitious plans - and many are already in place. All this, plus friendly,

helpful staff and moderate prices for the high standard of accommodation, food and service

offered, make it one of the region’s most desirable destinations.

RESTAURANT: Honestly Farm Kitchen Carrick-on-Shannon Co Leitrim

Liam and Justina Gavin’s brilliant little Drumanilra Farm Kitchen in Boyle

was rebranded and moved to smart new premises in Carrick-on-Shannon in

2021 - and, with exciting plans afoot, there’s plenty more to come. This intrepid organic farming

couple is on a mission to transform the food

landscape and the way we eat and connect with producers - and, offering

delicious seasonally driven menus with wide appeal, this beguiling introduction to their own and

other like-minded producers’ foods will win

a lot of fans. … With sit-in, takeaway and drive through all available, it’s a bit like an Irish version

of Cumbria’s famed Tebay Services Farmshop & Kitchen, and there’s a smaller new location in

Strandhill Co Sligo too.

FARM STAY: Inis Meáin Farm Stays Aran Islands Co Galway

This wonderful place on the least visited of the Aran Islands has earned international acclaim as

one of Ireland’s most desirable destinations. Functioning until now as Inis Meáin Restaurant &

Suites, island native Ruairi de Blacam and his wife, Marie-Thérèse, have offered a unique

experience at their beautiful modern restaurant with stylish suites since 2007– and now they are

pivoting, with long term sustainability in mind for themselves, their family and the island

community. Having purchased a very special island farm, they’re moving into an exciting new

phase, offering longer Inis Meáin Farm Stays and replacing the restaurant with a deli service to

ensure supplies of delicious food and wine for guests. This will enable the couple to take up the

mantle of also running Ruairi’s parents’ world-famous Inis Meáin Knitting Company

(, the main employer on this fascinatingly beautiful and remote island, while also

maintaining and developing the island’s holistic traditions.

 STREET FOOD: The Salt Project Co Kildare

 This unusual enterprise is a nomadic Irish food trailer set up in 2019 by Kildare-based chef,

Caomhán de Bri. Since launching he has travelled around the country for events, pop-ups and

takeovers, at beaches, pubs and scenic spots all over Ireland, taken part in busy Irish food festivals

and hosted long table suppers on farms. His menu always reflects the local area he cooks in, creating

Irish-inspired street food dishes that have a real sense of place. He seeks out small-scale producers

and tends to hero vegetables and plant-based dishes on his innovative Blaisíní (small bites) menus.

Caomhán has worked in professional kitchens for over a decade, including a year in Gordon

Ramsay’s London restaurant, Maze, and recently graduated from TU Dublin’s ‘Botanical Cuisine’

course - the first ‘farm to plate' culinary degree programme of its kind in Europe. And there are

plenty of plans yet to unfold, including developing his own organic production system,

accommodation and yoga retreats…


Rathsallagh House 

Small owner-run country houses, guesthouses and B&Bs are at the heart of Irish hospitality and,

despite facing unprecedented challenges, the best are showing extraordinary resilience. We must

cherish them while we can.

COUNTRY HOUSE: Rathsallagh House Dunlavin Co Wicklow

A favourite destination that has delighted guests (including wedding guests) to West Wicklow for

many a year, the O’Flynn family’s large, rambling country house on the Wicklow-Kildare border is

still ‘just a lovely, relaxing place to visit’ and much loved for that. Although only an hour from Dublin,

it could be in a different world and the O’Flynns have always been insistent that it is ‘not an hotel’.

Nevertheless, it’s very professionally run, stylishly furnished and exceptionally comfortable– all of

which, together with its classic country house atmosphere and genuinely hospitality, add up to a

sense of quality and continuity that is especially reassuring in uncertain times. Good food has always

been central to Rathsallagh too - starting with seasonal produce from the farm and beautiful walled

garden (a lovely spot for a quiet walk), guests will eat well here.

GUESTHOUSE: Bedford Townhouse & Café Limerick

Close to the Hunt Museum and within easy walking distance of the city's main attractions, this

sympathetically restored four-star guesthouse and daytime café offers an interesting and

moderately-priced alternative to hotel accommodation - and everything about it reflects a sense of

pride in the city and the house itself, which was once home to the Limerick Clothing Factory. When

Denise and Peter Brazil opened Bedford House in 2018, they wanted to provide 'a truly unique guest

experience', and its history is reflected in everything 'from our needle and thread logo to our

Bedford Row Heritage Trail on display in The Parlour Room'. The Brazils and their team do everything

possible to create a home from home for guests - they even offer a Personalised Concierge Service

to ensure that guests get the most out of their visit to Limerick – and breakfast is available in the

café, which suits many guests better than a guesthouse dining room. A very useful place to know

about when visiting Limerick - a city that is full of interest and pleasing surprises. 

B&B: Frewin Ramelton Co Donegal

The true Irish B&B - where genuine hospitality combines with good, simple food and a desire for

guests to be really comfortable and have the best possible experience of the area - is an

absolute gem. Itcomes in many forms and Thomas and Regina Coyle’s home, Frewin, is a lovely

example of the most appealing kind of rural stay. A large Victorian house set in mature gardens

it’s a lovely relaxed place and the rooms have individual style and old-fashioned charm. The

Coyles restored the property with great attention to period detail – and, as Thomas specialises in

restoring old buildings and is a collector by nature, much of his collection finds a place in this

fascinating house. Thomas and Regina are also great hosts - and, while evening meals are not

normally offered (the pretty riverside town of Ramelton is just a short walk), Regina provides a

delicious breakfast, including freshly baked breads warm from the oven, served at a long table

where guests can chat about their experiences and plan the day ahead. Definitely not your

average B&B.

HIDEAWAY: Killiane Castle Country House & Farm Drinagh Co Wexford

 Everyone loves the idea of a hideaway and this is one of our most popular awards. Whether it’s

the establishments itself which offers that sense of privacy and seclusion, or its location, there is

something very appealing about a place that you can disappear to and escape everyday

pressures. Paul and Patrycja Mernagh’s magical 17th century country house is one of those

places. Once known as a family-friendly-friendly destination, Killiane Castle is now a tranquil

retreat for couples looking for an alternative to the hotel experience and the perfect retreat for

stressed townies. As well as offering luxurious and exceptionally comfortable accommodation,

plenty to read (notably the history of the 15th century Norman castle standing beside the house)

and a lovely garden, stand-out details include an honesty bar in the comfy lounge, a snug tea

and coffee station with homemade goodies available 24/7. They have their own honey for sale

too (which is often part of their outstanding breakfasts) and, with a farm walk, driving range and

croquet on site, there’s really no need to leave at all. But best of all is the personal attention -

Paul and Patrycja are true hoteliers.


Every time a visitor satisfaction survey is published the results are the same, with Ireland’s wonderful

scenery and the warmth and friendliness of the people coming up trumps every time. Recent staff

shortages may have caused some slippage and better training is oftens needed but, when it is right,

Irish hospitality really is unique – and a good host is usually the key to having happy customers.

Jane O’Callaghan Longueville House Hotel Mallow Co Cork

When Jane and the late Michael O’Callaghan opened Longueville House to guests in 1967, it was one

of the first Irish country houses to do so – and today it is one of Ireland’s finest, perfectly located for

exploring a wide area including Cork city and the entire South-West of Ireland. It’s a beautiful yet

relaxed 18th century house and makes a luxurious and interesting place for a couple of nights, or

longer. The river, farm and garden supply fresh produce for William O’Callaghan’s kitchen and for

the Longueville House Cider and Irish Apple Brandy. Country pursuits, including falconry, are offered

or you can simply enjoy the walled garden (a productive working garden rather than a showpiece)

and orchards. Whether for private rental or a ‘Stay & Dine’ break, a visit is always a treat – and if you

are lucky Jane will be on hand to give you some time, as she is one of Ireland’s great natural hosts

and there’s no better woman to help you get the best from your stay. A mine of local knowledge,

she’s warm, considerate, funny and down to earth – although very professional, there are no airs

and graces and it’s even been known to find this wonderful woman sitting in the sun on the front

steps, polishing the brass and silver in her rubber gloves…!




While most guides focus solely on the leisure market, we have always taken the needs of business

guests into account. Acknowledging that business tourism is important to Ireland (see for further information), we seek out business destinations offering high

levels of comfort service and good food, as well as outstanding amenities.

Nox Hotel Galway Co Galway

Every city needs a go-to hotel that’s equally handy for local meetings and residential business guests,

and serves good food – and if there’s a bit of fun to had off duty, so much the better. For Galway,

Nox Hotel fits the bill very nicely. With quirkily decorated public areas, this youthful budget hotel is a

lively spot and has filled a niche, becoming a popular place for a casual bite to eat or a drink in the

stylish open-plan bar, where craft beers and cocktails are the thing. Guest rooms are quieter in tone

and spacious (all have king or superking beds) and, while there’s an emphasis on leisure travel,

including families at weekends, business travellers will find a good work station with a data port as

well as facilities that include high speed WiFi, flatscreen TV, individual thermostat control heating -

and free parking. It’s handily located off Headford Road (Kirwan Roundabout, N6/N84) too, so easy

to avoid the main city traffic.


As times change and people assume the whole family goes pretty much everywhere, we look for the

places that cater especially well for families. This often means providing the range of services and

activities for varying ages and interests that make for a stress-free meal out or break. But the

reasons that the best family-focused destinations inspire a loyal following vary – and it can be simple.

Doonmore Hotel Inishbofin Island Co Galway

Locally known simply as ‘Murray’s’ after the family who have run it for three generations, this much-

loved family-friendly hotel overlooks the sea and sand dunes of Inishbofin. With geraniums along the

front lounge, it looks more like a traditional guesthouse than an hotel, and offers good home

cooking and old-fashioned comfort. No leisure centre or other bells and whistles, but whether you’re

into diving, bird watching, walking, painting, or just a traditional bucket and spade holiday, it’s a

great base for a relaxing break on this delightfully away-from-it-all island – and the staff could not be

more friendly or helpful.

Music in the bar too.


When it comes to pet friendliness, in Ireland we lag way behind our neighbours in the UK, where

water bowls are put out at doors and in bars wherever you go and dogs are genuinely welcome

almost everywhere. Outdoor dining has helped to change the mood here but we have a long way to

go, especially when it comes to travelling with dogs. So thank goodness for this West Cork gem.

Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge Durrus Co Cork

 Well-maintained gardens, plenty of parking and beautiful views all make a

great first impression at Mike Hegarty and Julia Bird’s handsome B&B and

adjoining self-catering cottage – and not only does their hospitality extend

to your four-legged friends, but they’ve even created a walk around their land for all guests to enjoy.

“Our house is your house, Relax and Enjoy” proclaims the message on their website - and they really

mean it. It’s a lovely, comfortable place to stay (the spacious bedrooms and bathrooms have all been

upgraded recently) and everything about the house and the way it is run is guest-focused –

especially if you have your four-legged friend(s) with you. Mike is a qualified dog trainer and,

although guests travelling without dogs are still just as welcome, they have recently developed a 60-

metre exercise area and they’re among the very few places in Ireland who actively encourage dogs,

without breed or number restrictions. With or without pets, Carbery Cottage would make a

wonderfully relaxed holiday base, and with very good food too - there’s a BYO garden bar and

evening meals are available by reservation. Magic.


Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre

Ireland’s inland waterways are nothing short of a national treasure yet, for most people, they’re very

much an adventure waiting to happen. In 1999 GCGuides started an independent Taste of the

Waterways guide, presenting the waterways as an amenity for all to enjoy and not just boating folk -

so the Taste of the Waterways Awards are especially dear to our hearts.

HOTEL: Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre Ballina Killaloe Co Clare

This beautifully located hotel overlooks the River Shannon, with a lovely view down to the famous

old 13 arch bridge that joins counties Clare and Tipperary, and the towns of Killaloe and Ballina on

either side. It's handy to the town and yet quietly located, with plenty of parking and lovely views

from many of the rooms. With a convenient location and good facilities, it has long been the hub of

the local community and, no matter when you visit, there is always something going on whether it

be a local fund-raiser or a family event. Recent upgrading has included some desirable high-spec

adult-only waterfront rooms with private balconies - and there is a very nice feeling about the place,

largely down to the very friendly and helpful staff. Special offers include attractive family deals and it

would make a good base for a multi-generational family break, with child-friendly leisure facilities,

plenty of things to do within walking distance and much of interest to explore in the area.

RESTAURANT: Thyme Restaurant Athlone Co Westmeath

This pleasing and deservedly popular restaurant near the bridge, on the eastern side of the river,

is central but it could easily be missed - and that would be a pity as ‘Delicious food at affordable

prices’ is the stated aim and it’s something that chef John Coffey and his wife Tara have achieved

superbly well ever since opening here in 2007. Celebrating 15 years in business this year, John

continues to source ingredients with great care as he has always done, and ensures that

everything travels as short a distance as possible - most of the key ingredients on his

imaginative, seasonally changing menus are from Athlone and the general midlands area and his

‘Irish, sustainable and fresh’ fish dishes are particularly interesting. Go here for lovely food,

beautifully cooked - and the Value Menu is a snip.

PUB: Lock 13 Brewpub Sallins Co Kildare

Prettily set beside the Grand Canal at Sallins harbour, Barry and Ola Flanagan’s inviting pub

offers much to entice, including tasty locally focused food, reasonable prices and friendly staff.

You’ll find plenty of well-made crowd pleasers (some fans travel specially for the chicken wings)

and, to complement the carefully prepared food, an outstanding drinks list offers dozens of craft

beers, from Ireland and abroad, gins, Irish whiskeys and ‘the best cocktails in County Kildare’ -

and, since 2017, they’ve had their own Kildare Brewing Co on site too, making this the county’s

original brewpub. An unusual, and enterprising, place - well worth a visit.

CAFÉ: Lough Derg House &The Lake Café Dromineer Co Tipperary

This delightful café with rooms is beautifully located, right beside Dromineer harbour. Declan

Collison and Fiona Neilan are old hands in the

food and hospitality of the area and nobody knows better how to combine

quality and value - if real home cooking is your style, this is the place. Upstairs, the very

comfortable and accessibly priced rooms have lovely views over Lough Derg and were recently

refurbished to a high standard, with spacious en-suite showers and good amenities, including a

drying room for wet gear. Breakfast is served in the café which, with its terrific home

baking and superb local Ponaire coffee, is also perfect for a quick morning pick-you-up…


There’s nothing to beat starting the day with a good breakfast that has a sense of place and ‘doing a

great breakfast’ is good for business too. It can be a real USP in hospitality and, being the last meal

before the bill is paid, it’s a great finale for guests who will head off happy - and spread the word.

 HOTEL: Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny Co Kilkenny

Conveniently located in the heart of Kilkenny, this pleasing four-star

boutique hotel is named after the Earl of Pembroke, for whom Kilkenny

Castle was built, and is just a stone’s throw from the Castle and other

landmarks including Butler House and Gardens and the National

Design & Craft Gallery. An ideal base for business or pleasure, it has

long been known for showcasing local produce - notably Kilkenny

beef and Kilmore Quay seafood - and, with highly regarded chef Ken

Harker leading the kitchen team, the well-earned reputation of Statham’s

Bar and Restaurant is assured across all meals including breakfast, for both residents and non-

residents. A supplier list featuring mainly local foods is prominently displayed on menus and the

website, and there are plenty of homemade items including granola, their own ‘beans on toast’

and a range of breads and pastries – also some less usual dishes, such as smoked trout kedgeree,

making a welcome change from the sameness of most menus.

GUESTHOUSE: Ballymaloe House Shanagarry Co Cork

Myrtle and Ivan Allen opened The Yeats Room restaurant at Ballymaloe in 1964, beginning the

story of Ireland’s most famous country house – and today its intensely restorative atmosphere

and simplicity remain remarkable. There are few greater pleasures than a wholesome

Ballymaloe dinner of home-produced and local foods, followed by a good night’s sleep in one of

their thoughtfully furnished country bedrooms – and, thanks to the success of pastry chef J.R.

Ryall’s cookbook, Ballymaloe Desserts, there has recently been renewed appreciation of the

wonderful dessert trolley that has provided a grand finale to dinner here for so many years. But

waking up to one of their wonderful breakfasts is equally special. Everything is simple and, being

presented at the peak of perfection, utterly delicious. With a few honourable exceptions, such as

fresh orange juice, virtually everything – including the eggs, bacon and sausages, butter and

other organic products from their Jersey cows, the breads and preserves and even the freshly

roasted Golden Bean coffee – is home produced, while fish comes from Ballycotton Harbour or

Frank Hederman’s smokehouse, both nearby. It all adds up to a perfect Irish country breakfast.

 B&;B: Muxnaw Lodge Kenmare Co Kerry

Set on three acres of gardens and lawns overlooking Kenmare Bay, Hannah Boland’s lovely

house was built in 1801 as a hunting lodge and is within easy walking distance of the town. The

relaxing reception rooms and the spacious bedrooms are all elegantly furnished with antiques

and, although dinner is not offered, delicious breakfasts provide a gentle start to days of

exploring this beautiful area. Freshly baked breads are always a highlight and hot dishes cooked

to order by Hannah on her trusty Aga are served in a cheerful bright blue dining room classically

set up with white tablecloths and napkins in silver napkin rings – it never fails to impress and the

views across the bay are really lovely. It’s all part of the warm and tranquil character that makes

this pleasant house so much a home where you can relax - and, while it has all the advantages of

a quiet location, Kenmare town’s bars and restaurants are just across the bridge.

 CAFÉ: Kelly’s Kitchen Newport Co Mayo

Kelly's of Newport

Next door to Kelly’s Butchers, this homely café on the Great Western Greenway is run by Sean

Kelly’s daughter, Shauna - whose appealing cooking includes many ingredients from her dad’s

shop, as well as lovely desserts and cakes to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. It’s just the place

to find a traditional mixed grill or a Full Irish - and the house speciality, Kelly’s Black Goat: a hot

open baguette sandwich with black pudding and St Tola goats cheese from County Clare, which

does very nicely for breakfast. Less predictably, a Veggie Brekkie features the enterprising

butcher’s vegetarian versions of the classic breakfast meat products.) The motto at this warm

and friendly place - as in the shop next door - is ‘Food made up to a standard, not down to a

price’. No wonder it’s such a popular spot.

ARTISAN DELI & ROOMS: Firecastle Kildare Co Kildare

A relative newcomer to this historic town, Firecastle is not only an artisan grocer, bakery, café,

delicatessen and gift shop but it has ten cleverly designed guest bedrooms too, offering a unique

stay with classy décor, comfy beds, gorgeous bathrooms and views over St Brigid’s Cathedral.

Better still, since they’re above Firecastle’s magnificent emporium with its Irish artisan foods and

brilliant bakery and café, a delicious breakfast is available there, to take away or enjoy at a table

in the covered outside eating area. From freshly baked croissants to a full cooked breakfast and

great coffee, it’s the business. Firecastle is reason enough in itself for a visit to Kildare town, but

terrific main meals are also available in their sister properties - the esteemed Hartes of Kildare,

just a couple of doors away, and also The Dew Drop Inn & Brewhouse at Kill, and, a recent

addition to their portfolio, that Ballymore Eustace gem The Ballymore Inn, which joined the

group in 2022.