Unlike most other award schemes, the Georgina Campbell Awards are completely independent and unaffiliated with trade associations or marketing groups.
“Much to the delight of its many fans, this famous and much-loved traditional bar in the north-west re-opened recently, following a long closure during which there was much speculation about possible redevelopment,” states the Guide.
“Joe Grogan – well-known in the locality for his recent time drawing discerning foodies out to Rosses Point – and his wife chef Miriam Harte are doing a great job in the kitchen of this fine old pub, offering skilled modern cooking on an enticing all-day menu, with freshly-made soups and lunchtime specials that include warming casseroles, fresh fish, vegetarian options and gorgeous desserts (including the best brownie ever, which is simply delicious with raspberries and cream…), scones, tasty tarts and cakes in the afternoon and they are also open for food every evening except Sunday.
“The old-world ambience of this old friend in the centre of Sligo Town, plus quality ingredients well-cooked, stylish modern presentation and lovely service from smartly-dressed staff all make for a really enjoyable visit here – and not only is the quality of the pint beyond question, but you might get some traditional music too.”
Georgina Campbell’s Top award winners on the day included Kelly’s Resort Hotel, Rosslare, County Wexford (Hotel of the Year); L’Ecrivain, Dublin (Restaurant of the Year); Henry Stone, Sha-Roe Bistro, Clonegal, County Carlow (Chef of the Year); Hargadon Bros, Sligo (Pub of the Year) and Johnny & Lucy Madden, Hilton Park, Clones, Co Monaghan (Georgina Campbell Award, for Outstanding Contribution).
Commenting on the Awards, Georgina Campbell said, “Every year a special theme emerges, depending on ‘the year that’s in it’ – this year the theme might have been expected to be survival against the odds. In fact – surprisingly – it’s more positive than that as this year’s awards celebrate those who are bucking the trend, getting on with it – and thriving: so this is a day to raise a toast to those who not only survive – but thrive!
“Excellence is always the top priority, of course, but our award-winners this year share a quality which goes beyond that. Given the difficulties posed by the current economic situation, it takes a very special kind of determination and skill to confront the situation head-on, take control and come up with innovative ways to attract customers. Today’s winners represent those people in the hospitality industry who have got real grit and by putting customer requirements first – and keeping up their marketing – can continue to provide a combination of excellence and value-for-money that brings in business, even at this dire time for the industry.”