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O’Dowd’s wins Pub of Year

O’Dowd’s Seafood Bar & Restaurant in Roundstone, County Galway, emerged as Pub of the Year in the Georgina Campbell 2017 Awards, the country’s only independent hospitality awards.

O‘Dowds is a famous fourth generation family-run pub, a classic coastal pub at the heart of the local community and open all year, but also functioning as a holiday destination in itself.

“While Irish pubs in general are 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,” explained Georgina Campbell, “And as long as there are family run pubs as good as this one, the future of the Irish pub is assured.”

The Georgina Campbell Awards – the longest-running food hospitality awards in the country – are associated with the respected Georgina Campbell’s Ireland independent hospitality guides and Ireland’s most popular independent hospitality and travel website www.ireland-guide.com.

At the awards ceremony in Bord Bia’s Dublin offices, she noted that prices were on the rise again, “… but investments have also been made” she added.

“Higher prices mean higher expectations, of course, but the high level of dissatisfaction is often down to simple things that could easily be fixed at any level, plus a lack of hospitality (which often means lack of a host) and poor staff training,” she continued.

Harvey’s Point Hotel in Lough Eske, County Donegal, won the Hotel of the Year while Good Things@Dillon’s Corner in Skibbereen, County Cork, won the Restaurant of the Year and Ely Wine Bar & Brasserie in Ely Place and IFSC in Dublin won the Wine Award.

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