Park Hotel Kenmare took home the top prize of Best 5* Hotel Irish Breakfast at today\'s Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast Awards

Park Hotel Kenmare took home the top prize of Best 5* Hotel Irish Breakfast at today's Georgina Campbell Irish Breakfast AwardsImage from www.parkkenmare.com

Georgina Campbell announced the winners of her annual Irish Breakfast Awards in association with Fáilte Ireland earlier today at InterContinental Dublin.

The awards celebrate the finest Irish food producers and those that take particular pride in serving the best Irish breakfast. The competition is based on the assessments of Georgina’s anonymous judges who travel around the country to find the best of the best. The day’s big winners were the Park Hotel in Kenmare which won Best Irish Breakfast in the 5* hotel category, Fumbally Café in Dublin which won Best Brunch and Longueville House in Cork which won the Irish Brown Bread Award.

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As breakfast and brunch have risen to prominence around the country in the last number of years, Georgina’s awards, which are now in their third year, seek to highlight the significance of the humble breakfast. Food is hugely important to Ireland’s reputation in tourism, so highlighting the best of the best is sure to showcase the high-quality talent and ingredients available in Ireland.

Speaking about the importance of the awards, Georgina commented:

“Given the quality of our local produce and the fantastic range of establishments right across the country, we have a unique opportunity to elevate the Irish breakfast scene into something quite special that we can be proud of. Sourcing local, seasonal and quality produce is often overlooked when it comes to the first meal of the day, and that has to change if we want to support our indigenous food industry and fly the flag for Irish producers, and the Irish breakfast, both at home and abroad.”

The first of the awards were the 2019 Irish Breakfast Food Awards, which showcased the tastiest products used to make a stellar full breakfast. The winners were:

  • 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 Juices, Co Dublin
  • Irish Bread Award: Longueville House, Mallow, Co Cork

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Longueville House's award winning cider and walnut brown bread

Longueville House's award winning cider and walnut brown bread

See the full list of winners below:

  • Best Brunch, in association with Irish Dairy The Complete Natural Dairy: The Fumbally, Dublin
  • Best 5* Star Hotel Irish Breakfast: Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare, Co Kerry
  • Best 4* Star Hotel Irish Breakfast: Marlfield House Hotel, Gorey, Co Wexford
  • Best 3* Star Hotel Irish Breakfast: Dingle Benners Hotel, Dingle, Co Kerry
  • Best Country House Breakfast:  Virginia Park Lodge, Virginia, Cavan   
  • Best Guest House Breakfast: Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Athlone, Co Westmeath
  • Best B&B Breakfast: Bantry House and Garden, Bantry, Co Cork
  • Best Visitor Attraction Breakfast: Hook Lighthouse - Visitor Centre Café, Hook Head, Co Wexford
  • Best Irish Breakfast Menu: Breac.House, Dunganaghy, Co Donegal

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Congratulations to all the winners!

Have you eaten breakfast at any of the winning locations? Let us know how it went in the comments below.