Ghan House highly commended at Irish Breakfast Awards
One of the best breakfasts in Ireland can be found on our doorstep in Carlingford.
Ghan House was Highly Commended at the third annual Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards in Dublin’s InterContinental Hotel yesterday, missing out on the overall top prize in the B&B category to Bantry House and Garden in Co Cork.
The awards, held in association with Fáilte Ireland, honour the best five, four and three-star hotels, the best B&Bs, cafes, country houses, as well as the finest rashers, breads and brunches.
The Park Hotel in Kenmare won the top award in the five-star hotel category while the best brunch was awarded to The Fumbally cafe, Dublin with Hook Lighthouse cafe in Wexford winning the best Irish breakfast at a visitor attraction.
Bringing home the bacon in the finest rasher in Ireland category was Roscommon’s Castlemine Farm.
Now in their third year, the Irish Breakfast Awards celebrate Ireland’s leading hospitality establishments and those in them who work to make the first meal of the day a particularly special experience for visitors and regulars alike.
According to food writer Georgina Campbell, the significance of the humble breakfast cannot be underestimated and it is key to Ireland’s reputation in food and tourism as a world-class hotel or a fine dining restaurant.
The 2019 Irish breakfast food award winners
Meats: Castlemine Farm, Co Roscommon
Fish: Woodcock Smokery, Co Cork
Eggs: Clonarn Clover, Co Meath
Dairy: Glenisk Organic Dairy, Co Offaly
Cereal: Paddy O’s Granola, Co Laois
Fruit: Keeling’s Juices, Co Dublin
Irish Bread: Longueville House, Mallow, Co Coek
Full list of winners and highly commended winners
Winner: Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare, Co Kerry
Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co Waterford
Merchant Hotel, Belfast
Westbury Hotel, Dublin
Heritage Killenard, Killenard, Co Laois
Winner: Marlfield House Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford
Dunraven Arms, Adare, Co Limerick
Granville Hotel, Waterford
Bushmills Inn, Bushmills, Co Antrim
Sheedy’s Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare
Winner: Dingle Benners Hotel, Dingle, Co Kerry
The Huntsman Inn, Galway, Co Galway
Aran Islands Hotel, Inis Mór, Co Galway
Carrygerry Country House, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare
Zuni Restaurant & Boutique Hotel, Kilkenny
Winner: Virginia Park Lodge, Virginia, Cavan
Rathsallagh House, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow
Rosleague Manor, Letterfrack, Co Galway
Dunnanelly Country House, Co Down
Lodge at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo
Winner: Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone, Co Westmeath
Castlewood House, Dingle, Co Kerry
Killarney Lodge, Killarney, Co Kerry
Gleesons Townhouse, Roscommon, Co Roscommon
Blackwell House, Scarva, Co Armagh
Winner: Bantry House and Garden, Bantry, Co Cork
Shelburne Lodge, Kenmare, Co Kerry
Aldridge Lodge, Duncannon, Co Wexford
Ardawn House, Galway, Co Galway
Ghan House, Carlingford, Co Louth
Winner: Hook Lighthouse – Visitor Centre Café, Hook Head, Co Wexford
The Castle Café, Blackrock Castle, Cork
Lennons@VISUAL, Carlow, Co Carlow
The Kitchen, Galway City Museum, Galway
Avoca Café, Malahide Castle, Malahide, Co Dublin
Irish breakfast menu – new for 2019
Winner: Breac.House, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal
Ravenhill Guest House, Belfast
King Sitric Restaurant& Accommodation, Howth, Co Dublin
Coolanowle Country House & Organic Farm, Co Carlow
Viewmount House, Longford, Co Longford
Brunch sponsored by Irish Dairy the complete natural
Winner: The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin City, Co Dublin
Nook Café & Restaurant, Collooney, Co Sligo
The Green Barn, Burtown House, Co Kildare
House of Plates, Castlebar, Co Mayo
Brunel’s Restaurant Newcastle Co Down
The selection process
Georgina Campbell’s Ireland’s programme of anonymous assessment visits is a year-round process and, with the exception of this year’s Brunch Award, which was open to public nominations, award winners are nominated solely by an independent assessment team. Reports are fed through to the hospitality website Ireland-guide.com.